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JAGUARS NAME JOHN BONAMEGO ASSISTANT SPECIAL TEAMS COACH

The Jacksonville Jaguars have named John Bonamego as their

assistant special teams coach. Bonamego, 35, will serve under

special teams coordinator Larry Pasquale. He replaces Joe Baker,

who is now the special teams coach and assistant linebackers coach

at the University of Wisconsin.

Bonamego has spent the last six years as an assistant coach at

Army. He was the special teams coach and recruiting director at

Army from 1994 to1998 after serving as an assistant outside

linebackers coach in 1993. At Army, Bonamego coached two of the

team's top three all-time punters, three of the top 10 kickoff

returners and three of the top 10 field goal kickers. His punter in

1997, Scot Lord, set the team's single-season punting record, and it

was broken a year later by Graham White.

He was an assistant coach in charge of running backs at Lehigh in

1992, and he served at Maine from 1988 to 1991, two years each as

a graduate assistant and an assistant coach in charge of wide

receivers and special teams. He was the head coach at Mt.

Pleasant (Mich.) High School in 1987, and he began his career as a

player-coach with the Verona (Italy) Redskins in 1986.

Bonamego is a 1987 graduate of Central Michigan University,

where he lettered twice at wide receiver and quarterback. He

earned a master's degree in physical education from Maine in 1992.

A native of Paw Paw, Mich., Bonamego is single.

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