Frank Cignetti Jr. is reportedly coming back home.
Mark Whipple’s departure for Nebraska in December left a void in the middle of Pitt’s offense, as Whipple served as both offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, but Cignetti is expected to return to Pitt as the offensive coordinator, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported.
Sources: Pitt is expected to hire Frank Cignetti as the new offensive coordinator, with a deal to be finalized in the near future. Cignetti is the offensive coordinator at BC and a longtime NFL assistant.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 13, 2022
Cignetti, a Pittsburgh native, graduated from Indiana University (Pa.) and served Pitt as a graduate assistant in his first coaching role. It’s been a long road for Cignetti, who already served as Pitt’s OC and QB coach from 2009-10, but he’s going to be back for another shot.
It’s an in-conference move for Cignetti, who served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Boston College over the past two seasons. With quarterback Phil Jurkovec (a fellow Pittsburgh native) injured this season, it wasn’t an easy season.
However, Cignetti’s track record as a quarterback guru and offensive mind extends back decades.
Cignetti spent nearly a decade with his father Frank at IUP, serving as the OC and QB coach over his final four seasons before jumping to the NFL as an offensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999.
Since then, he’s spent time as either quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers at the NFL level and Fresno State, North Carolina California, Pitt, Rutgers and Boston College at the college level.
In his first run at Pitt, Cignetti served under head coach Dave Wannstedt and helped Bill Stull, Dion Lewis, Dorin Dickerson and Jon Baldwin to career seasons as Pitt’s 32.1 points per game fueled a 10-3 season in 2009.
While Cignetti’s impact would come working with players like Kedon Slovis, Israel Abanikanda and Jordan Addison in 2022, he’d also serve as one of the most active offensive coordinators in recruiting in recent memory.