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Three Times in Three Seasons, Babers Shakes Up the Staff

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:50 AM

  Article by Dan Tortora


  As Dino Babers steps into his third season at the helm of the Syracuse Orange football program, he has once again chosen to make moves with his coaching staff, something he has done when he came in for his first year and again in his second season.

  This time, the moves are Landan Salem coming onto the team as the director of player personnel and Dave Boller becoming the director of recruiting operations. Salem takes Boller's position from last season with Boller moving into the position vacated by Asil Mulbah, who left to join the Buffalo Bills' scouting department inside the National Football League (NFL).

  Coming from his previous post at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where he worked under head coach Lane Kiffin as the director of player personnel and pro liaison last year. While with FAU in 2017, the team went 11-3, achieved the Conference USA East Division title crown, and advanced to the Boca Raton Bowl, defeating the University of Akron.

  Before FAU, Salem worked collegiately with the Illinois (player personnel and special teams' assistant), Michigan State (recruiting assistant), N.C. State (assistant director of player personnel), and Pittsburgh (director of video scouting and summer camps) programs.

  He graduated from the University of Illinois in 2014.

  Before graduating from Illinois, Salem interned with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2011 and the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL in 2013.

  Speaking on Boller, he has 30+ years of experience in college and professional football, including close to 20 years evaluating NFL players.

  Before joining Syracuse, Boller was the University of Louisville's NFL liaison and director of on-campus recruiting (2015) and then their director of high school relations (2016).

  Prior to being a member of the Louisville staff, Boller spent 19 seasons in the NFL, most recently with the New York Jets, where he was an area scout from 2012-14, evaluating offensive and defensive line prospects in the Western half of the United States.

  Boller served as a consultant from 2010-12 for teams inside the NFC side of the NFL, providing his take on college and pro prospects and wore the hat of assistant pro director from 2007-09 for the Detroit Lions, aiding the team's general manager with salary cap matters, performing evaluations for both active players and free agents, and assisting with the weekly advance report for the coaching staff.

  He also worked as a scout for the St. Louis Rams (2004-07), Philadelphia Eagles (1998-2004) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 1995-98 ). While a scout for the Eagles, Boller was on the staff that drafted former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb, making him the 2nd-overall pick of the entire NFL Draft in 1999.

  Before that, Boller was in the collegiate ranks as the director of football operations for the Arizona State Sun Devils from 1985-95. At this his alma mater, he oversaw the Arizona State football budget, organized recruiting events, planned travel, housing, and meals for the team, and set up the school's official visits.

  With Boller moving into his new role and Salem joining the team, Syracuse's recruiting staff is now as follows:

Dave Boller, Director of Recruiting Operations

Landan Salem, Director of Player Personnel

Kramer Cook, Assistant Director of Recruiting

Ryan Nix, Creative Director

Laurene Porillo, Administrative Specialist

Corey Carpenter, Quality Control

John Gunter, Quality Control

Categories: Syracuse Orange Football, Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA

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