The San Diego Chargers have hired Tom Telesco as their new general manager to replace A.J. Smith, who was fired last week along with coach Norv Turner, the team announced on Tuesday.
Telesco, who was the Colts’ vice president of football operations, has spent almost his entire career with Indianapolis, starting as a scout in 1998 and spending six years as the director of player personnel before being promoted to his vice president’s post last year.
Telesco, a John Carroll University alumnus, began his career as a scouting assistant with Carolina in 1995 and was a summer intern in Buffalo from 1991 to 1994.
Telesco beat out Jimmy Raye, the Chargers’ director of player personnel.
In 2012, The Chargers (7-9) suffered their first losing season since 2003. San Diego also missed the playoffs for the third straight season, its longest stretch out of the postseason since a drought that lasted from 1996 to 2003.
Look for Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to become the leading candidate for the Chargers head coach position now that Telesco has secured the G.M. position.