Mark D'Onofrio is in his second season with the Cavaliers. In 2005, he changed responsibility by being named inside linebackers coach after handling the UVa tight ends during 2004. D'Onofrio continues to coordinate the special teams.
In his first season at UVa, D'Onofrio worked with All-American Heath Miller, who owns all school records for tight end receiving. The winner of the Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end, Miller also earned first-team All-ACC honors for the second year in a row.
Additionally, D'Onofrio oversaw a kicking game that featured first-team All-ACC honoree Alvin Pearman who recorded an 11.2-yard punt return average, the best by a Cavalier in five seasons. Pearman had 314 punt return yards, the most by a Cavalier in 14 years. Virginia also ranked second in the country in kickoff returns with a 26.6-yard average, UVa's highest average since 1963.
D'Onofrio came to Virginia after three years at Rutgers, where he served as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. Under his tutelage, middle linebacker Gary Brackett was named the Rutgers' MVP in 2001 and 2002.
D'Onofrio spent the 2000 season as an assistant coach at Georgia, where he worked with the Bulldogs' defense. He broke into the collegiate coaching ranks in 1999 at St. Peter's College in New Jersey where he coached the linebackers and participated heavily in game planning. D'Onofrio played his collegiate ball at Penn State where he starred at both inside and outside linebacker from 1988-91. A college teammate of UVa defensive coordinator Al Golden, he led the Nittany Lions in sacks (11) as a sophomore and tackles (71) as a junior. As a senior, he was elected captain and finished second in total tackles despite missing six games with an injury. He set the Penn State school record for causing the most fumbles in one season (five) and finished his career ranked in the top 10 in sacks with 15.
He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the second round (34th pick) of the 1992 NFL draft and started at inside linebacker as a rookie in 1992. His playing career was cut short by an injury and he retired in 1994.
Cavaliers Shift Focus to ACC TourneyWomen's Basketball2/27/17In the ACC tournament, No. 8 Virginia, which has a first-round bye, meets No. 9 seed Wake Forest at 2 p.m. Thursday in Conway, S.C.Short-Handed 'Hoos Rediscover Shooting TouchMen's Basketball2/25/17No. 18 Virginia, which hosts No. 8 North Carolina at 7 p.m. Monday, ended a four-game losing streak Saturday with a victory at NC State.Weekend Notebook: Perrantes Hits HomestretchMen's Basketball2/24/17For point guard London Perrantes, the final regular-season road game of his UVA basketball career is Saturday afternoon at NC State.
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