Art Asselta, a former Hofstra University quarterback who coached that position at McNeese State University in 2013, is Yale’s wide receivers coach.
His first (2014) campaign with the Blue produced big numbers. His WRs helped Yale lead the nation in total offense while Grant Wallace led the FCS in yards per game.
Asselta helped the McNeese State offense rank seventh in FCS scoring (40.0) and 17th in total offense (451.0) while the No. 11 ranked Cowboys went 10-3 and made the 2013 NCAA Playoffs. His pupil, Cody Stroud, who threw 28 TD passes, was Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
The new Bulldog staff member, coaching at his seventh school, has moved back and forth between WRs and QBs. At the University of New Hampshire in 2012, he mentored the receivers and the pass game while the No. 13 Wildcats reached the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Asselta served as an assistant at Southeastern Louisiana (2010,
2011). A pair of SEL signal-callers, Tyler Beatty and Brian Young,
grabbed spots in the school record books under Asselta. Beatty, as
a first-year starter in 2010, posted the eighth-best total in
passing yards (1,738 yards) while finishing his career sixth in
passing yards (2,328) and completions (188). Young succeeded Beatty
in 2011 and posted the third-highest single-season total in passing
yards (2,855 yards) while finishing third in career passing yards
(3,867) and completions (332).
He also spent six seasons as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks/receivers coach at Sacred Heart University. Asselta, who helped Dale Fink become the most prolific passer in school history, coached SHU’s three-time All-Northeast Conference receiver Steve Tedesco, who led the league in receiving with 67 receptions for 865 yards as a senior and holds school records for career receptions (229), career receiving yards (2,848), career TDs scored (37), career receiving TDs (37), receptions in a season (77), TD catches in a game (4) and catches in a game (12).
He coached the running backs in his first year at SHU and helped Ed Priccolo become the school’s all-time rushing and TD leader.
Before joining SHU, Asselta worked as a graduate assistant and running backs coach at Louisiana-Monroe, where he coached the first 1,000-yard rusher for the Warhawks since their move to Division I-A.
Asselta earned a 1999 degree in marketing from Hofstra where he was twice named conference player of the week. He holds a graduate degree from Stony Brook University and worked as a graduate assistant for the Seawolves for one season.
He and his wife, the former Jessica Andrews, have a daughter, Alexis.