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New Chargers GM has local ties

Nobody would know it without a heads-up, but new San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco has local ties.

The 40-year-old Telesco is the son in law of Capital Region senior golfing standout Chuck Connolly, a three-time New York State Golf Association Senior Amateur champion, as well as the all-time leader in Eastern New York Golf Association victories. Connolly, a Troy native, is a former Queensbury High School track coach, and he currently plays out of Kingswood Golf Links after a long stay at Hiland.

Telesco, who grew up near Buffalo, came from the same St. Francis High School that launched several NFL executives, including Bill Polian, and his sons, Chris and Brian.

Telesco, a John Carroll University graduate, spent 15 years in the Indianapolis Colts organization in the scouting department and was groomed for this position by the Polians.

Meanwhile, local connections to the Buffalo Bills keep growing. Saratoga Springs High School graduate Anthony Weaver, who starred at Notre Dame and played for both the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans, was hired by new head coach Doug Marrone Tuesday as a defensive line coach.

Wednesday, former UAlbany free safety Samson Brown and former UAlbany assistant Jim O'Neil were hired as an assistant defensive backs coach and linebackers coach, respectively. Brown made 240 tackles in his career with the Great Danes and was a four-time All-Northeast Conference selection. He also coached for the Great Danes, Hofstra, RPI and Siena and spent time with the New York Jets, as well.

O'Neil earned his masters degree at UAlbany, where he was an assistant coach for Bob Ford in 2001. O'Neil spent eight years with various college programs and also coached with the Jets for four years and interned with the Green Bay Packers.

It's a small world.

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