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Dante Scarnecchia retires as Patriots offensive line coach

Dante Scarnecchia is seen at a Patriots practice in August 2011.
Dante Scarnecchia is seen at a Patriots practice in August 2011. Bill Greene/Boston Globe/Boston Globe

Patriots assistant head coach/offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is retiring after 32 NFL seasons.

The team made the announcement Wednesday, a day after longtime assistant coach Pepper Johnson announced that he was leaving the team. At the same time, the Patriots said that NFL veteran Dave DeGuglielmo, most recently an assistant with the Jets, will join Bill Belichick’s staff.

Scarnecchia spent two terms with the Patriots (1982-88 and 1991-2013) for a total of 30 seasons, in a variety of assistant coaching positions. He was the longest-tenured coach in the NFL this season.

In a statement, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said, “Dante Scarnecchia has been the only coaching constant since I purchased the team in 1994. Not coincidentally, he retires as the only coach to have been a part of all seven Super Bowl teams in Patriots franchise history. I want to thank Dante for his leadership, professionalism and always putting the team first.”


DeGuglielmo, who has been with the Giants (2004-08) and Dolphins (2009-11) as well as the Jets, will become the Patriots’ offensive line coach.

DeGuglielmo was raised in Lexington and played four years as a guard/center at Boston University (1987-90). He had accepted a job as offensive line coach at Maryland last week.