NEWARK, Del. -- New University of Delaware football head coach Dave Brock has completed the hiring of his coaching staff for the 2013 season with the announcement that former Rutgers assistant Tom McEntire (at right) has been named safeties coach.

McEntire reunites with Brock after they served together on the Scarlet Knights staff last season with head coach Kyle Flood. In 2012, Rutgers posted a 9-4 record, won a share of the Big East title, and advanced to the Russell Athletic Bowl.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity for Tommy to join the staff,” said Brock, who was hired in mid-January after serving as offensive coordinator at Rutgers in 2012. “Having worked with him at Rutgers gives me great insight into his talents and abilities. He played a tremendous part of one of the nation’s top-ranked defenses last season and he has worked with some great defensive coaches like (current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach) Greg Schiano and Robb Smith who have taught him well. Tommy knows the value of preparation and I think he will do a great job for us here at Delaware.”

A 2006 graduate of Thiel College with a degree in business administration, McEntire brings seven years of coaching experience from the NCAA Division I FBS, Division I FCS, and Division III levels, including a one-year stint in the Colonial Athletic Association at the University of Maine.

“I’m very excited to be reunited with Coach Brock and to be at a school with such a great football history,” said McEntire. “I’m looking forward to working with the high character student-athletes that the University of Delaware attracts and being part of the winning tradition.”

A native of Greenville, Pa., McEntire played quarterback, running back, and wide receiver at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. He was a four-year regular for Thiel, posting 92 receptions for 988 yards and five touchdowns and helping the team improve from a 3-7 mark in 2003 to an 11-1 record and berth in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2005 when he caught 54 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns.

He began his coaching career at Thiel, serving as wide receivers coach in 2006 and as running backs coach in 2007 with head coach Jack Leipheimer.

McEntire then moved on to the University of Maine where he worked with head coach Jack Cosgrove during the 2008 season, serving as assistant defensive backs coach and coaching the kick returners. His main focused involved working with the safeties and scouting opponents. The Black Bears posted a record of 8-5 that season and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

McEntire joined the Rutgers coaching staff in 2009 and worked in player development for the Scarlet Knights for two seasons before assuming the role of defensive assistant coach prior to the 2011campaign. He worked closely with the head coach in all meetings and practices, assisted in game day preparation, aided in the organization of the scout team, and created weekly playbook and game plan handouts.

He resides in the Newark area.