Buscemi served as a UCF long snapper from 2005-07, while Costantini was on the staff from 2000-03.
In his second stint at UCF, Lorenzo Costantini begins his second straight year with the Knights in 2014. He was in charge of the entire defensive line in 2013, and will focus on the defensive tackles in 2014.
Costantini has been a defensive line coach at five schools in his career. He spent 2012 with Southern Miss after serving on the UAB staff from 2007-11. During that tenure with the Blazers, he worked alongside Tyson Summers, who will be entering his third year with the Knights in 2014.
Costantini was part of the memorable 2013 season where UCF won a school-record 12 games, the American Athletic Conference title and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Black and Gold finished ranked No. 10 in the country as it defeated two top-10 teams (No. 6/5 Baylor and No. 8/6 Louisville) along the way.
The UCF defense held 10 of its 13 opponents to under their scoring averages during 2013 even though it used several freshmen throughout the season. And UCF amassed 29 sacks compared to giving up just 22.
At Southern Miss, Costantini helped Jamie Collins earn a spot on the All-C-USA First Team as he led the team with 92 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He also forced four fumbles and broke up five passes. Costantini also guided Elliott Henigan to all-conference status at UAB following a three-year stint at Tulane.
UCF's defensive lines produced solid seasons under Costantini. The 2002 squad ranked third in the Mid-American Conference with 31 sacks, while both the 2000 and 2001 defenses placed in the top 30 in the country.
In 2002, Costantini played a vital role in coaching Elton Patterson to a spot on the All-MAC First Team. Patterson, who finished his career in the top five in school history in sacks, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003. Costantini also coached Josh McKibben, who was named the team's defensive MVP and signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
Prior to UCF, Costantini was the defensive line coach at UTEP from 1996-00 while serving as the strength and conditioning coach from 1995-00. In the 2000 NFL Draft, WAC Defensive Player of the Year Brian Young (St. Louis Rams) and Leif Larsen (Buffalo Bills) were drafted while Costantini was at UTEP.
Graduating from UTEP with a degree in education in 1990, Costantini was a four-year letterwinner and a member of the 1988 team that won 10 games and made an appearance in the Independence Bowl. He began his playing career for the Miners as an offensive lineman, but moved to defensive end and finally nose guard for his senior season. As a senior, he recorded 33 tackles, two tackles for loss, caused one fumble and recovered a fumble.
After his senior campaign, Costantini was a graduate assistant for UTEP in 1991, and coached at Jefferson High School in El Paso from 1992-94 where he was the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach.
A native of Houston and born in Rome, Italy, Costantini and his wife Merritt have two children, Rocco and Sofia.
Costantini at a Glance
Hometown - Houston, Texas
Wife - Merritt
Children - Rocco and Sofia
College - UTEP (B.S. 1990)
Playing Experience - UTEP, OL-DL
2013-14 - UCF - Defensive Line Coach (2013), Defensive Tackles Coach (2014)
2012 - Southern Miss - Defensive Line Coach
2007-11 - UAB - Defensive Line Coach
2004-06 - Tulane - Defensive Line Coach
2000-03 - UCF - Defensive Line Coach
1996-00 - UTEP - Defensive Line Coach
1995-00 - UTEP - Strength and Conditioning Coach
1992-94 - Jefferson High School (Texas) - Defensive Coordinator/Strength and Conditioning Coach
1991 - UTEP - Graduate Assistant, Defensive Line