Rico Brogna, who had a nine-year career in Major League Baseball from 1992 through 2001, will rejoin the Wesleyan University football coaching staff as an assistant during the 2009 season. Brogna was an assistant football coach at Wesleyan during the 2004 season, handling receivers. His specific assignment for 2009 has not been determined, however, he will be on the offensive side of the ball, according to 18-year Head Coach Frank Hauser.
Playing with the Tigers, Mets, Phillies, Red Sox and Braves during his nine-year major league career, Brogna moved into high school football coaching for three years before joining the Wesleyan staff in 2004 for his first collegiate coaching experience. He went on to serve as head baseball coach at Post University and most recently as head football coach at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury. Over the last five years, Brogna also has been part of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as a pro scout.
“We are very happy to have Rico back on the football staff,” said Coach Hauser. “He did a fantastic job when he was here in 2004 and I welcome his football knowledge, vitality and love of the game. I look forward to working with him again.”
Wesleyan will begin its 126th season of football Sept. 26 when the Cardinals host Tufts University.