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Charlie Skalaski, IIIDirector of Player Personnel/Recruiting
College: Florida ('78)
Start Date: 1/1/2003
Charlie Skalaski, a former member of the Flames football coaching staff, has returned to Liberty to assist the program as the Director of Player Personnel/Recruiting.
With his unique blend of work experience at both the professional and collegiate levels of football, Skalaski is well equipped to oversee all aspects of recruiting, as well as roster evaluation and development. He will also assist head coach Turner Gill with all facets of program advancement.
Skalaski served as Liberty's tight ends coach in 2003 before transitioning in Liberty's wide receivers coach the follow year, a position he held for eight seasons (2004-11).
In 2006, Skalaski took on additional responsibilities and served as the program's recruiting coordinator, which he held until he left Liberty following the 2011 season.
During his time as wide receivers coach, Skalaski instructed 11 all-conference players, spotlighted by consecutive first-team honors for Dominic Bolden (2008), Mike Brown (2009) and Chris Summers (2010 and 2011).
All-American wide receivers Brown and Summers both extended their football playing days beyond Liberty in the NFL. Summers played two seasons with the Chicago Bears (2012) and Minnesota Vikings (2013) and is currently with the Buffalo Bills (2014). Brown is entering his third season with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012-14).
As recruiting coordinator, Skalaski was able to help Liberty assemble a strong presence in his native state of Florida, a relationship that has continued to flourish under Gill.
Skalaski's recruiting efforts, which branched out both nationally and internationally, elevated Liberty's rosters and brought together the talent pool that has allowed the football program to win six out of the last seven Big South titles.
Following the 2011 season, Skalaski left Liberty to join Mike Mularkey's coaching staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his time in the NFL, Skalaski served as assistant to the head coach and offensive assistant.
Skalaski's coaching responsibilities in Jacksonville included working with the wide receivers under assistant coach Jerry Sullivan. Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon had two of the finer seasons in franchise history, including Blackmon breaking Jacksonville's rookie records for receptions (44), receiving yards (865) and yards per reception (13.5).
In his role as assistant to the head coach, Skalaski assisted Mularkey with the development and implementation of all team schedules, including training camp, practices, travel and daily agendas.
Prior to joining the Liberty staff for the first time, Skalaski worked for Steelcase Inc., an international company which is the world's largest manufacturer of high quality office environments and furniture. During his tenure, Skalaski held various sales and management positions, culminating with his promotion in 1998 to sales manager of Steelcase's largest field office, located in New York City. Before his days at Steelcase, Skalaski enjoyed several successful years at the Xerox Corporation, earning the organization's highest sales recognition in the President's Club.
Skalaski got his start in coaching in 1978 as a graduate assistant coach at Florida. He served in that capacity for three years, working on both sides of the ball and learning under the tutelage of coaching greats Mike Shanahan and Steve Spurrier - assistant coaches at Florida during that time span. Skalaski served as a volunteer assistant coach for Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, N.J., during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Skalaski received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Florida in 1978 and was awarded a prestigious U.S. Department of Justice internship. He also was inducted into Florida Blue Key, the university's highest leadership and honorary society. He went on to earn his master's degree in public administration in 1980 from Florida.
Skalaski developed a reputation as a tough and smart competitor during his playing days as a defensive back for the Gators. Demonstrating his knowledge of the game, he once played all four positions in the secondary against Houston his junior year. He was a member of three bowl teams: 1974 Sugar Bowl, 1975 Gator Bowl and 1976 Sun Bowl.
Skalaski is a native of Miami, Fla., and he and his wife, Ann, have three children – Sarah, Charlie IV, and Jacob (Jake). Charlie IV is also a member of the Flames football staff, serving as the defensive quality control staff member.
Total Years on Liberty's Football Staff: 10th
Education: B.A., Criminal Justice (Florida, '78); M.A., Public Administration (Florida, '80)
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Children: Sarah, Charlie and Jake