Paul Pasqualoni, a Syracuse assistant coach, was named Wednesday to replace Dick MacPherson as coach of the Orangemen.

Pasqualoni, Syracuse's linebacker coach for the past four years, was introduced at a morning news conference at Manley Field House. His appointment comes two days after MacPherson was named coach of the New England Patriots, where he replaced Rod Rust.Pasqualoni, 41, began his college coaching career as an assistant at Southern Connecticut State in 1976. Six years later he was named head coach and athletic director at Western Connecticut State before joining MacPherson's staff in 1986.

Two Syracuse linebackers, Terry Wooden and David Bavaro, earned All-East honors while under Pasqualoni's tutelage. Both now play in the NFL, Wooden with the Seattle Seahawks and Bavaro with the Phoenix Cardinals.