LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell head football coach Joe Susan announced the hiring of David Galante as an assistant coach. Galante, who was an offensive line coach at Rutgers for the past two seasons, will work with the Bison offensive line.
"We are excited to have David join our staff," Susan said. "He is someone who has a passion for teaching and coaching. He has a strong foundation in both fundamentals and schemes. I feel he will be a strong addition to our staff, an excellent recruiter and a positive role model for the young men in our program."
In addition, Matt Butterfield has joined the Bucknell staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Butterfield, who has worked for six FBS programs since 2007, will mentor the Bison tight ends and fullbacks.
"We are fortunate to welcome Matt to our program," Susan said. "He comes to us with a great deal of experience and has considerable familiarity with what we will do offensively. We feel he is a positive addition to our program."
At Rutgers, Galante coached the offensive line and recruited in New Jersey, New York, Ohio and South Carolina. He also played a key role in the day-to-day operations of the program and mentored two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention left tackle Tariq Cole. In 2017, the Scarlet Knights doubled their win total from 2016 and won three Big Ten games, matching their highest total since joining the conference in 2014.
Before his time at Rutgers, Galante spent four seasons at Kean University, where he coached one All-American, four all-region selections and seven all-conference honorees. He also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator and an assistant recruiting coordinator who traveled to high schools throughout New Jersey.
Galante was an offensive lineman at Kean University from 2007 to 2011. As a senior, he helped lead the Cougars to their first appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament and a New Jersey Athletic Conference championship.
Galante was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student-athlete honor society, and was named to the 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Team. He was also honored on the 2011 NJAC All-Academic Second Team and is a member of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.
In 2013, Galante earned his Bachelor of Arts in physical education and also received his health teacher certification. In 2016, he completed his Master of Arts in counseling.
Butterfield most recently served one season as an offensive assistant at Oklahoma State, where he worked with the quarterbacks and tight ends. There, he assisted in game planning and scheme adjustments and directed signal coordination.
Before his stint with the Cowboys, Butterfield spent the 2016 campaign as a senior offensive and special teams analyst at the University of Oregon. Also an assistant tight ends coach for the Ducks, he was primarily responsible for the analysis and evaluation of offensive personnel, special teams personnel and opponent personnel.
Butterfield also served as an offensive graduate assistant at Boise State (2015) and UCLA (2012-13). He held two positions at Arizona State, serving as a senior associate offensive analyst during the 2014 season and in quality control positions from 2010 to 2011.
Butterfield broke into coaching as an undergraduate coach at the University of Colorado. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in history. He went on to complete a Master's Degree in Education from UCLA in 2014.