CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern head football coach Mark Tucker welcomes back a familiar face to the CSU coaching staff as he named Mike DeTerlizzi the Buccaneers' new tight ends coach and video coordinator on Thursday afternoon.
DeTerlizzi returns to the Bucs after spending the past two seasons at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. as the wide receivers coach.
"When I had an opportunity to bring Mike back, I didn't hesitate," Tucker said. "He brings a great work ethic that we've seen up close, and he played tight end here. He has a personal investment and history with the position and has an understanding of the inner workings from both sides of the ball."
"I'm excited in what Mike brings to the table," Tucker commented. "He is also very skilled in our video systems and will help us in that role as well. He did a fantastic job for us as a graduate assistant back in 2013 and I feel good about everything he will do for the Buccaneers."
DeTerlizzi, for his part, is excited to be back in the fold with the CSU football coaching staff.
"It's awesome to be back," Deterlizzi said. "Just having been gone for two years, it allows me to have a different perspective and come back and see the growth that's taken place here at CSU. The new buildings going up, the new faces and the same faces; it's good to see growth in a positive direction for sure."
Working with the Buccaneers tight ends is a natural fit for the CSU alum after lining up with the Bucs from 2009-2012.
"They are a talented group of guys and their best football is ahead of them," he commented. "It's good to have a young, talented group you can build with for sure. I'm here to help make them better and achieve whatever their goals are."
DeTerlizzi joined the Millsaps' football coaching staff in January 2015 as the wide receivers coach. During his time with the Majors, Millsaps' passing game averaged 220.4 yards per game through the air with DeTerlizzi's receivers responsible for a majority of the passing attack.
DeTerlizzi finished serving as a defensive and operations graduate assistant at Charleston Southern University in 2014. Prior to his role as a defensive assistant, he spent the 2013 season assisting with the Buccaneers' wide receivers that put together a school-record 10-win campaign and finished ranked 22nd nationally.
As a defensive assistant, Mike was responsible for the self-scout analysis as well as opponent tendencies. Through film evaluation, he was able to assist with developing the schemes necessary for the week's practice and game. He worked closely with the defensive line—primarily the defensive ends—which lead to the Buccaneers finishing as the Big South Conferences' top defense.
As an operations assistant, he was also responsible for duties directly assigned by the Director of Football Operations. Those duties included assisting with team travel, compliance, academic advising, and recruiting. He was also responsible for the delegation of assignments to fellow graduate assistants and student managers.
A Tampa, Florida native, Mike is a recent graduate of Charleston Southern University's Masters of Business Administration in Leadership program. As a student-athlete, he was a three-year letter winner and team captain under head coach Jay Mills. He was an inductee the business honor society of Sigma Beta Delta and is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.