Carl Pelini to leave YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University defensive coordinator Carl Pelini is leaving YSU to take the same position at Bowling Green.

Pelini just completed his third year on the Penguins staff with his brother and head coach Bo Pelini.

Carl coached a pair of NFL draft picks — defensive ends Derek Rivers (a third-round pick by the Patriots) and Avery Moss (a fifth-round pick by the Giants).

YSU went to the 2017 FCS National Championship game.

That unit allowed just 19.7 points per game, the fewest by the program since 2007.

Carl heads to Bowling Green to help a Falcons team that finished this past season with a record of 2-10.

“I am extremely excited to become part of the Bowling Green Falcon coaching staff, Bowling Green State University, and the community at large,” Pelini said. “I would like to thank coach (Mike) Jinks, the staff and the administration for all their help in making this opportunity become reality. I look forward to working with the young men in the program, and to developing a passionate, physical brand of defense that will define us from this point forward.”

He is a 1989 YSU graduate and has 25 years of coaching experience on his resume at the high school and collegiate levels.

Pelini coached at Cardinal Mooney and Austintown Fitch High Schools. In addition, he was a college assistant at Kansas State, Minnesota State, Ohio and Nebraska.

He was the head coach at Florida Atlantic in 2012-13.

“We’re excited to have someone with Carl’s experience on our staff,” Jinks said. “We looked for someone who has called defense at the highest level. He’s an Ohio guy and if we’re going to continue to recruit at a high level, it has to begin at home. He is an asset to what we are trying to do in Ohio. He’s been in the MAC and his scheme is proven to succeed.”