DeRuyter announces first seven hires to his coaching staff
Last updated on Feb. 7, 2014
Pete Germano is in his third season as the special teams coordinator and defensive line coach for the Bulldogs. He was hired at Fresno State on Jan. 4, 2012 after spending the previous 11 seasons at Ohio University.
In his first season at Fresno State, Germano guided two defensive linemen to all-conference accolades. Nose guard Tyeler Davison was a first-team selection and defensive end Andy Jennings was a second-team honoree. Davison had 43 tackles - the most from a defensive lineman - and 7.0 tackles for a loss while Jennings was third on the team with 11 tackles for a loss, led the 'Dogs with 5.5 sacks and he forced four fumbles.
Davison went on to receive second-team All-Mountain West accolades in 2013 while another defensive end, Nikko Motta, was named to the honorable mention All-MW team.
Germano's front three have helped Fresno State be one of the national leaders in sacks and tackles for a loss the past two seasons, registering 40 sacks both years. Fresno State was No. 9 in the FBS in sacks and 17th in tackles for a loss in 2012 while ranking fourth in tackles behind the line of scrimmage in 2013 and sixth in sacks.
The Bulldog special teams units have been highlighted by wide receiver Isaiah Burse, who was a second-team All-Mountain West selection in 2013 as a return specialist. Burse averaged 12.5 yards per punt return in 2013 with two TDs. Both of those scores came in the game against Cal Poly, which tied the school and Mountain West records for most punts returned for a touchdown in a single game.
At Ohio, he spent his last three seasons with the Bobcats working with the defensive line after spending the eight years before that serving in the role as the Bobcats' recruiting coordinator and four seasons working with the tight ends. He also had a two-year stint coaching the outside linebackers from 2003-04.
Germano has also had special teams responsibilities with the Bobcats' kickoff return and punting units. In 2007, Ohio boasted the best kickoff return average in the MAC with an average of 25.1 yards per return, helping return man Chris Garrett secure the top spot on the Bobcat all-time kick return average list.
Ohio had two recruiting classes that yielded three players named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America teams. Ohio's 2008 recruiting class was named the best recruiting class in the MAC by the MAC Report Online and earned the site's only "A" rating for the year.
Germano came to Athens on Jan. 25, 2001 after two years as head coach at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. While there, he began the rebuilding process for the Spartan program, leading them to 2-8 and 3-7 records in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
Prior to taking over at CWRU, Germano spent nine years at Wabash College. He held various titles there including defensive coordinator, strength coach, linebacker coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach. His defensive units led the conference six times while being nationally ranked on three occasions. Wabash won the conference title four times during the 1990s: 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1998.
Germano began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Fairmont State (W.Va.) College. He started as its receivers/tight ends coach and then moved to defense where he presided over the defensive line for one year. Germano's last three years at Fairmont State were spent as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. He helped the team earn a top 10 ranking in NAIA Division I and a playoff appearance in 1988.
Germano received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Ohio Wesleyan in 1982. While at OWU, he earned four letters in football and two in baseball. He went on to receive his master's degree in physical education and athletic administration from Bowling Green in 1983.
In 1984, he was selected as the head athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Reds' Double-A farm team, the Vermont Reds.
Germano was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball at Benedictine High School in Cleveland. In 2006, Germano was inducted into the Benedictine Athletic Hall of Fame. In football, he was a special mention All-Ohio selection, an All-District first-team pick and was one of 12 area players honored by the Cleveland Touchdown Club. Germano helped the Bengals reach the 1978 state baseball finals and was named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Scholastic team as a pitcher-shortstop. In basketball, he led the Bengals in scoring as a junior and senior and was also a co-captain.
He and his wife, Jackie, have three children - Nicole, Joey and Michael.