"Like in life in general, you want to surround yourself with excellent people because they’re fun to be around, they bring a whole new perspective and you’re going to learn from them," Danowski said of adding DeLuca to the staff. "Selfishly, this is a great opportunity for our coaching staff to grow and be better, nevermind our players. And for our players, this is a great opportunity to get a good hands-on teacher who’s a good person."
DeLuca replaces Joe Cinosky,who left Duke in January to replace Travis Johnsonas a full-time assistant at Mount St. Mary's. He joins an experienced staff led by John Danowski that includes some impressive offensive minds in assistants Ron Caputo and Matt Danowski. He also addresses a schematic need, bringing a quality defensive mind to the staff.
"In [the volunteer] position, it’s hard to find quality people, especially this time of year," Danowski said. "I hate to use the word perfect, but this is pretty close. Nothing in the world is perfect, but if we had to draw up our scenario [for replacing Cinosky], this would be pretty close to it."
Duke begins its national title defense this weekend vs. Jacksonville and will field a significant test when Denver comes to Durham on Feb. 15. DeLuca will likely help out an experienced defense that returns senior multi-year starters Chris Hipps and Henry Lobb, and a third starter that could end up being Casey Carroll, the grad student who last played with the Blue Devils in 2007 and received a medical redshirt after tearing his ACL prior to last season.