Former Boilermaker Nick Cavallo is in his second season as a graduate assistant. He works with the defense.
Cavallo returned to Purdue from Rutgers, where he was worked in player development during the 2008 season. Football-wise, he assisted in video breakdown and scout team preparations, and off the field, he mentored student-athletes while coordinating study table sessions. Cavallo worked closely with current Purdue assistant coach Gary Emanuel on the Scarlet Knight staff.
Cavallo was a member of the Boilermakers from 2002 to 2006, primarily as a backup defensive end and special teams performer. He came to Purdue from Milford Academy in January of 2002 and that fall received the team's Verle H. Campbell Scout Team Award for offense as a scout team tight end. He subsequently moved to defensive tackle before settling at defensive end in 2003. In 41 career games, Cavallo recorded 15 tackles, including one sack, with two pass breakups and one forced fumble.
As a senior, Cavallo received the team's Leonard Wilson Award for unselfishness and dedication after appearing in all 14 games and making 11 tackles. He had a career-high four tackles vs. Minnesota on Sept. 23, 2006, forced a fumble at Iowa on Oct. 7, 2006, and came up with a sack at Northwestern on Oct. 14, 2006.
A native of Plainville, Conn., Cavallo (born Nov. 26, 1982) earned a bachelor's degree in law and society. He is married to former Purdue softball player Kristen Schell.