Angelichio was an assistant coach for Pitt while Rhule was an assistant at Temple. As Angelichio explains it, the two would cross-reference their notes on players they'd seen. Questions like, "Hey, did you go to this school and see this guy?" were common. And if there were a player who wasn't up to a certain standard, one would let the other know he could save himself a trip.
"I guess we're not supposed to do this," Angelichio recently admitted, with the statute of limitations having expired. "We were just young and running around the Philly area and Harrisburg area, recruiting as many players as we could."
While the two coaches shared that previous connection, they did not work together until Rhule hired Angelichio as Carolina's tight ends coach in January. He's coached the position for over a decade, spending the last eight seasons in the NFL.
Angelichio began coaching soon after finishing his playing career at St. Lawrence University, where he was a three-year starter at outside linebacker. After a season at SUNY-Brockport as secondary coach, he moved to Ithaca College in Upstate New York.
While Angelichio started off coaching linebackers for the Division III program, he moved to wide receivers, then offensive line before spending 2000-05 as the program's offensive coordinator. He believes he benefited from not only moving from defense to offense but also from coaching a small program.
"We didn't quite line the fields on our own," Angelichio joked, "but I think when you do that, and then (become) the offensive coordinator at a Division III school, you have a knowledge of the offense. You don't have the luxury of having a full staff of 10 assistants like you do in Division I. So if you want to put a play in, you have to understand it from all areas."
In 2006, Angelichio moved on to Pitt to coach under Dave Wannstedt for five seasons before heading to Rutgers to coach tight ends under Greg Schiano. Angelichio then took the same position under Schiano with the Buccaneers in 2012, and he's been coaching NFL tight ends ever since.