One of the New England Patriots' wide receivers, Chris Hogan, played at Penn State. Mike Pellegrino, the former Johns Hopkins All-America long-stick midfielder, was hired as a coaching assistant last year. Belichick's two sons, Stephen (safeties coach) and Brian (coaching assistant), played at Rutgers and Trinity College, respectively.
So the idea that a volunteer assistant coach in a different sport — a college sport, no less — could earn a job with the NFL's top franchise becomes less crazy when you realize that the different sport is, yes, lacrosse.
On Friday, Chris Mattes announced that he was leaving one title-winning team for another. In a private post on his Instagram page, the Maryland men's volunteer assistant said he was "shipping off to Boston to work for the New England Patriots in football operations/player development."
An All-American at Rutgers and Major League Lacrosse veteran, Mattes co-founded The Faceoff Academy, which puts on youth clinics and high school combines across the country.