Frank Cignetti Jr. is officially back for his third stint on Pitt’s coaching staff, coming back to Pittsburgh as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
ESPN’s Pete Thamel broke the news that Cignetti was expected to be hired as Pitt’s offensive coordinator last week, and Pitt officially announced Cignetti’s hire Friday afternoon.
“My family and I are extremely grateful to Coach Pat Narduzzi for the opportunity to return home to Pittsburgh and coach at Pitt, two places that have always remained very close to our hearts,” Cignetti said in Pitt’s press release. “There are some incredibly special things happening at Pitt and it is exciting to become a part of it. I can’t wait to work with this great coaching staff and, most importantly, get to know and work with our players. I know everyone is wholly committed to building on last year’s ACC championship and continuing to elevate this proud program.”
Welcome back, Frank Cignetti Jr. ✍️
Offensive Coordinator/QBs 🏈
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) January 21, 2022
Cignetti is coming off two seasons as Boston College’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, leading the Eagles’ best passing attack in years in 2020 before injuries ruined the 2021 season.
Narduzzi lauded Cignetti’s proven track record as a quarterback guru and welcomed the Pittsburgh native back home.
“Having the opportunity to bring Frank back to Pitt is a tremendous coup for our entire program,” Narduzzi said in Pitt’s press release. “He’s an extremely talented football coach and teacher. Frank has worked with some of the greatest quarterbacks in the game. He knows what it takes to build a championship-caliber offense. I really think Frank’s experience and knowledge will make us better in every positional room.
“Beyond football, Frank understands and values what Pitt and Pittsburgh are all about. This is home for him. His passion and energy are going to make an immediate connection with our team.”
Cignetti got his start as a graduate assistant at Pitt in 1989, and he’s been a coach in either the NCAA or NFL ever since. He made the jump from Indiana University (Pa.) to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999, and he’s served as either the quarterbacks coach and/or offensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints, Fresno State, North Carolina, California, Pitt, Rutgers, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and Boston College.
Cignetti helped lead Pitt to a 10 win season in 2009, guiding Bill Stull to his best collegiate season at quarterback and helping Dion Lewis, Jon Baldwin and Dorin Dickerson to NFL opportunities.
With USC transfer Kedon Slovis likely replacing Kenny Pickett at quarterback in 2022, Cignetti will be in charge of helping Slovis return to previously seen heights in SoCal and guiding Pitt’s loaded offense to another strong season.