Texas Tech Head coach Kliff Kingsbury has completed his coaching staff after Sonny Cumbie left for TCU by hiring Riverside City College's Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, Receiver Coach and Special Teams Coordinator, Darrin Chiaverini.
That's a heck of a title and an introduction for Chiaverini, who obviously handful of responsibilities at Riverside C.C. , where he was in his fourth year in that role for the Tigers. Pretty cool story here as Chiaverini was originally drafted by Cleveland after finishing his career at Colorado. Cleveland traded him to Dallas and ended his NFL career in Atlanta.
From there, Chiaverini began his coaching caeer at Mt. San Antonio in 2007 and then moved on to UCLA in 2009 and eventually landed at Riverside C.C. in 2010. If you check out Chiaverini's Wikipedia page, there's a lot more detail about what he did as far as special teams and coaching the receivers:
In 2011, RCC recorded a perfect 11-0 record, snapping Mount San Antonio's 26 game win streak. Riverside College went on to capture Back to Back Central Division Championships and was ranked #1 in Southern California in the final poll conducted by The CCCAA/CCCFCA Football Poll(11/13/2011). Riverside concluded their season with a convincing win over Saddleback College 31-14 in the Golden State Bowl (11/19/2011). RCC led the Nation in scoring averaging 49.6 points per game and scoring 64 touchtowns on offense (Both are school records). In 2013 Riverside's offense totaled 6,399 of total offense. (School Record) Riverside's Special Teams have ranked near the top in multiple categories since Chiaverini's arrival and have blocked 22 kicks in 4 seasons (School Record) and has had one of the top punt return units in the Nation leading the Conference in Punt Return yards 3 out of 4 seasons. In 2013 Riverside returned 3 Kickoff Returns for touchdowns. (School Record) Darrin also serves as the Recruiting Coordinator for Riverside City College. Riverside has transferred 42 players to Division 1 school since 2011. Riverside has gone 40-5 over the last 4 seasons and have won 3 Conference Titles and 4 Bowl Championships and currently holds one of the Nation's longest home win streaks with 24 consecutive home wins. (School Record) Chiaverini has also served as the Special Teams Coordinator in the East-West Shrine game under former NFL Head Coach Jerry Glanville in 2013 and 2014 for the East Team.
A couple of things here. Obviously, having a connection in the California Junior College ranks is pretty important for this staff as they're probably going to look to supplement each and every year with junior college players.
And I think I was initially concerned about Chiaverini not really focusing on special teams and really being a wide receivers coach. If we're going off of Chiaverini's Wikipedia page, he's clearly (assuming he's writing it on some level) banking on the idea that he's primarily a special teams guy. The idea that Chiaverini is also a former wide receiver that played a handful of seasons in the NFL certainly can't hurt.
Personally, I really like the idea of this hire. A guy that focuses on special teams, has connections to a JUCO pipeline and probably knows a thing or two about being a receiver. That's exactly what this team needed.