Nebraska hires former Husker, ex-NFL executive to fill openings
Nebraska filled out its coaching staff with a pair of noteworthy hires.
The team announced on Wednesday that it hired former Husker John Parrella to take over as defensive line coach and former St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney as its executive director of player personnel and special assistant to the head coach.
Parrella, a Grand Island, Neb. native, was a two-time All-Big Eight selection in 1991 and 1992 and he spent 12 years in the NFL. He was most recently the defensive line coach at Northern Michigan.
“I am confident we have added two individuals that will enhance our football program in many areas,” Nebraska coach Mike Riley said in a release. “We are proud to bring John Parrella home to Nebraska as our defensive line coach. John will bring great energy and expertise to our defensive staff. He knows what it means to wear a Blackshirt and has the personality to connect with his players and prospective student-athletes.”
Devaney will bring a next-level perspective to the Huskers. He was most recently a pro personnel scout with the Atlanta Falcons in 2014 and 2015, and he was also a part of the San Diego Chargers front office when Riley was the team’s head coach in 1999.
At Nebraska, Devaney’s duties will consist of “identifying prospective student-athletes, allocation of scholarship offers and assist the head coach with roster management.” He’ll also oversee the program’s player personnel and recruiting staffs.
“Billy Devaney is one of the most respected executives in the National Football League,” Riley said of Devaney. “His wide-ranging experience on the administrative side of a football organization will have many benefits on our program here at Nebraska.”
Nebraska’s spring game will be on April 16.