Another John Carroll Pats connection

The Patriots have reportedly hired Jerry Schuplinski to their coaching/scouting staff, tapping the John Carroll University pipeline that has led director of player personnel Nick Caserio, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and scouting assistant Frank Ross to the team.

Schuplinski graduated from John Carroll in 1999 and played alongside McDaniels and Caserio with the Blue Streaks.

“I am very happy for Jerry and his family. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it couldn’t have happened to a better person,” John Carroll head coach Tom Arth told Joe Ginley of The Carroll News. “I am very proud of Jerry and all of our alumni who have built such an incredible legacy in the NFL."

Schuplinski likely will start work as a quality control coach, which is an entry-level position on an NFL staff. It is often where Patriots coach Bill Belichick begins the process of grooming young coaches; Bill O'Brien, for example, started in that role before working his way up the ranks.

Schuplinski had been named John Carroll's defensive coordinator earlier this year.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was an assistant coach at Case Western Reserve (where Bill Belichick's father is in the Hall of Fame) and a high school athletic director/head football coach.