Updated: Wednesday, 09 Jan 2013, 5:23 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 09 Jan 2013, 5:23 PM EST
Tom Telesco, who served as the Indianapolis Colts Vice President of Football Operations in 2012 and spent 15 seasons with the organization, has been hired by the San Diego Chargers as the team’s new general manager. Telesco served as the director of player personnel (2006-2011), director of pro scouting (2004-2005), pro scout (2001-2003) and area scout (1998-2000) for the Colts. In 1995, he began his NFL career as a scouting assistant for the Carolina Panthers. Telesco served in that role for two seasons before becoming an area scout in 1997. He also worked as a summer intern for the Buffalo Bills (1991-1994). Telesco played wide receiver for John Carroll University and was a starter on the Blue Streak Ohio Athletic Conference title team in 1994. He graduated the following year with a business management degree. Tom and his wife, Larah, have three children, Elena, Thomas and Nicholas.
From Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay:
“Tom Telesco has played a crucial role in our successes since he joined the Colts in 1998. His talent and character also have been apparent to other clubs throughout the league. Despite our efforts to persuade Tom to stay it was only a matter of time before another club snared him to be its general manager. I appreciate everything he has done for the horseshoe and have no doubt he will be successful for years to come. Everyone in the Colts organization wishes Tom nothing but the best.”
From Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson:
“I cannot say enough about Tom Telesco and I speak for everyone in this building. Despite him being here for 14 seasons prior to our new regime, Tom bought in from day one and the professionalism he showed on a daily basis never wavered. We developed a strong bond during this special season and I will forever be grateful for having him at my side since Jan. 11 th. He was instrumental in our success this year and I couldn’t have asked for a better right hand man. He helped lay our foundation of a new era and was a living example in every area of his duties of the mantra Coach Pagano preached from day one in terms of “Trust, Loyalty & Respect.” I don’t know a finer football man/person than Tom Telesco. He is very deserving of this privilege and the San Diego Chargers are in great hands. On behalf of the entire Colts organization we wish Tom, Larah and his children nothing but the best as they begin this new journey together.”
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