Moving over from the offensive side of the ball, Russo will coach the safeties this season.
A native of Johnston, RI, Russo played four years for the Corsairs as a running back. He recently earned a master's degree in business administration from UMass Dartmouth.
Russo scored four touchdowns in each of his final two seasons, carrying 84 times for 373 yards and making nine receptions for 84 yards as a senior, scoring seven times on the ground and twice through the air. As a junior, he ranked third with 280 yards rushing, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and scoring twice. He also caught 10 passes for 99 yards and a pair of scores. In four seasons, he rushed for 849 yards and 10 touchdowns, while catching 20 passes for 192 yards and four scores.
After earning his bachelor's degree in accounting in 2009, Russo entered graduate school at the University of Rhode Island. "Coach (Robichaud) contacted me and said that the GA position was open here," said Russo. "Instead of paying for graduate school, I came here and got right on board." He went on to finish his graduate degree at UMD.
Russo was excited to join the coaching staff. "It's great to be back," said Russo. "I still have a couple of friends on the team, and it's nice to see how they've progressed. I missed coaching, and I am excited to be involved again."