Storrs, CT, United States (4E Sports) – UConn announced the appointment of T.J. Weist as interim head football coach for the remainder of the 2013 season after firing chief mentor Paul Pasqualoni and offensive line head coach George DeLeone.
“I am very pleased to elevate T.J. to our interim head coaching position,” said Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. “T.J. will bring energy and enthusiasm to our football team as we embark on our American Athletic Conference schedule.”
“T.J. will provide stability to our football student-athletes during this time of transition and will also effectively oversee all elements of our football program including game preparation, classroom success and recruiting,” he added.
Manuel earlier announced that Pasqualoni has been relieved of his responsibilities after the team’s 0-4 start.
“I am making this change in our football coaching staff now as we approach the conference season to see an improved performance from our football program,” said Manuel.
According his employment contract, Pasqualoni will receive from the Huskies a $750,000 payment in full satisfaction of all financial obligations of his contract.
Pasqualoni compiled a 10-18 record at UConn since taking over from Randy Edsall following the Huskies’ trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
Weist is a 25-year veteran of the coaching profession who most recently served as the wide receivers coach at Cincinnati before coming to UConn.
Weist, who has mentored over 16 NFL receivers, was also the Bearcats recruiting coordinator in 2011. During his time with the Bearcats, Cincinnati won a total of two Big East Championships.
Weist helped lead the Bearcats to a 10-3 record in 2012 and a 48-34 victory over Duke in the Belk Bowl. He served as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator in the Belk Bowl as the Bearcats gained 554 yards of total offense on 53 plays and did not have a turnover.
Cincinnati was ranked second in the Big East in total offense at 440.23 yards per game and led the conference in scoring offense at 32.31 points per game.