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Joe Schoen adds 4 to Giants' player personnel department


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today announced four additions to their player personnel department.

The newest members of general manager Joe Schoen's staff, who officially join the organization today, are Chris Rossetti (director of pro scouting), Dennis Hickey (assistant director of player personnel), Mike Derice (national scout) and Scott Hamel (area scout – Southwest).

Rossetti spent the previous seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins, the first two (2015-16) working with Schoen.

In 2021, Rossetti was the Dolphins' assistant director of pro scouting. In that role, he evaluated players throughout the NFL as it pertained to free agency, preseason, team advances, trades, practice squads and the waiver wire. He also monitored daily personnel moves throughout the NFL and other professional leagues and was responsible for scouting future opponents.

Rossetti joined the Dolphins as a pro personnel assistant in 2015 and spent five seasons (2016-20) as a pro scout for the team.

Prior to Miami, Rossetti spent three seasons (2012-14) in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts' player personnel department. He initially began as a scouting assistant in 2012 where he was a member of the 100th Grey Cup championship team. He was then promoted to player personnel assistant the following year before serving as the director of player personnel in 2014 at the age of 24.

Rossetti is a Mississauga, Ontario native. He was a four-year letterman and two-year starter as a quarterback at the University of Guelph (Ontario), graduating in 2012 with an honors degree in history. He and his wife, Alex, have one daughter, Hailey.

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Hickey comes to the Giants from the Buffalo Bills, for whom he was a senior national scout from 2017-21, a tenure that mirrored Schoen's time with the team. Schoen and Hickey first worked together when Hickey was the Dolphins' general manager in 2014-15.

Hickey joined the Dolphins after spending 18 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including three seasons (2011-13) as the team's director of player personnel. From 2004-10, he was the team's director of college scouting.

Hickey joined the Buccaneers as a pro personnel assistant in 1996. After two years in that role, he spent three seasons as a college scout.

In 1994-95, Hickey was the defensive backs coach for Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas.

Hickey began his collegiate career as a safety at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas, where he was a captain and an academic All-American prior to becoming a three-year starter and letter winner at safety for the University of Tulsa. He graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in history/education.

Hickey and his wife, Stephanie, have one daughter, Breanna, and one son, Barrett.

Derice spent the previous 10 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, the last nine as an area scout with a focus on the Northeast region. He began his tenure in Indianapolis as a scouting assistant in 2012.

Prior to joining the Colts, Derice served as the director of football operations (2009-2012) and special assistant to the athletic director (2008-09) at his alma mater, Stony Brook University.

Derice played cornerback for the Seawolves prior to graduating with a bachelor's degree in health care management. He is a native of Brooklyn.

Hamel comes to the Giants from the Chicago Bears, where from 2015-21 he was first an NFS (combine) scout and then an area scout in the Midwest (2017-20) and Southeast (2021).

He previously spent four years at Northwestern University, first as an offensive quality control coach, then as a graduate assistant working with the wide receivers and offensive line and lastly as the assistant director of player personnel.

Hamel was a walk-on running back/fullback at the University of Michigan. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2006 and then worked in finance in Chicago until 2011. Hamel earned an MBA from DePaul University in 2011 and a master's in liberal studies from Northwestern in 2014.

Hamel was an all-state running back and linebacker at Rye High School in Westchester County, N.Y. He and his wife, Lizzie, have two daughters, Molly (3) and Annie (1).


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