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Darrin Chiaverini named Colorado Buffaloes Assistant Head Coach

Mel Tucker promotes former alum turned coach before the start of his first season in Boulder

NCAA Football: Colorado State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes head football coach Mel Tucker announced the promotion of Darrin Chiaverini to assistant head coach at Pac-12 Media Day on Wednesday.

Chiaverini, 41, enters his fourth year in Boulder as one of three coaches retained on Tucker’s staff. He returned to his alma mater as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 2016 under then-head coach Mike MacIntyre.

“Darrin has done a really good job recruiting; he’s relentless,” Tucker said. “He has a really good feel for the University of Colorado and its history. And he’s really stepped up and has been really helpful in our effort to create the football culture that we want to have here.”

Known as a hard-nosed recruiter, Chiaverini has produced several outstanding players including Jashua Allen, Jake Moretti Laviska Shenault, KD Nixon and Juwann Winfree. The Buffs receiving corps have combined for 653 receptions, 8,208 yards and 49 touchdowns over the last three years under Chiaverini’s guidance. Among his achievements was contributing to back-to-back top 40 recruiting classes in the past two years.

“It’s a huge honor for me,” Chiaverini said. “I have a ton of respect for Coach Tuck and what he’s done for me, giving me the opportunity to stay at Colorado – it shows that he really believes in me. I’m looking forward to helping him build the Colorado program back to among the elite in college football.”

According to CU’s Dave Plati, Chiaverini becomes the thirteenth assistant head coach in school history and first since 2012.