Jan. 15, 2009

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) -Former major league baseball player Rico Brogna has been hired as an assistant football coach at Wesleyan University.

It will be Brogna's second stint with the Cardinals, where he coached the wide receivers in 2004. Coach Frank Hauser said Brogna will help with the offense, but does not yet have a specific role.

Brogna, a former baseball coach at Post University, most recently served as a high school football coach and a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brogna was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the 1988 draft. He also played for the New York Mets and Philadelphia, where he had three straight 20-homer seasons and two consecutive years of 100 RBIs.

Brogna also had short stints in Boston and Atlanta before retiring in 2000.