For Frank Cignetti's son of the same name who is currently the offensive coordinator at the Rutgers University, see Frank Cignetti, Jr..
Frank Cignetti, Sr.
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born (1937-10-08) October 8, 1937 (age 83)
Playing career
1957–1959Indiana State (PA)
Position(s)End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960–1961
1962–1965
1966–1968
1969
1970–1975
1976–1979
1986–2005
Leechburg HS (PA) (assistant)
Leechburg HS (PA)
Pittsburgh (assistant)
Princeton (assistant)
West Virginia (assistant)
West Virginia
IUP
Head coaching record
Overall199–77–1 (college)
32–9 (high school)
Tournaments15–13 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 PSAC (1986–1987)
14 PSAC Western Division (1986–1988, 1990–1994, 1996, 2000–2004)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2013 (profile)

Frank Cignetti, Sr. (born October 8, 1937) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at West Virginia University from 1976 to 1979 and at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, compiling a career college football record of 199–77–1. Cignetti led the IUP Indians to the title game of the NCAA Division II National Football Championship in 1990 and 1993. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2013.

Coaching career

Cignetti coached the West Virginia Mountaineers from 1976 to 1979. His record at West Virginia stands at 17–27, but his most success was in NCAA Division II football. He coached Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to a 182–50–1 record from 1986 to 2005. Under Cignetti, the Indians made their first Division II post-season appearance in 1987. His 28 post-season games is a Division II coaching record, while his 15 playoff wins were second-best when he retired in 2005. In 1991, he was the Division II coach of the year. His teams won 10 Lambert Cups, as the best Division II team in the eastern United States.[1][2]

Family

Cignetti's son, Frank, Jr., played football for his father at IUP from 1985 to 1987. Cignetti, Jr. is currently the offensive coordinator at Rutgers University. His son Curt was announced as the head coach for IUP on January 21, 2011, after serving four years as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Alabama.[3]

Head coaching record

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank# AFCA°
West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent) (1976–1979)
1976 West Virginia 5–6
1977 West Virginia 5–6
1978 West Virginia 2–9
1979 West Virginia 5–6
West Virginia: 17–27
IUP Indians (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) (1986–2005)
1986 IUP 9–2 6–0 1st (West) 14
1987 IUP 10–2 6–0 1st (West) L NCAA Division II First Round 6
1988 IUP 8–3 5–1 T–1st (West) L NCAA Division II First Round 14
1989 IUP 11–2 5–1 2nd (West) L NCAA Division II Semifinal 9
1990 IUP 12–2 6–0 1st (West) L NCAA Division II Championship 4
1991 IUP 12–1 6–0 1st (West) L NCAA Division II Semifinal 1
1992 IUP 8–1–1 5–0–1 1st (West) 12
1993 IUP 13–1 6–0 1st (West) L NCAA Division II Championship 4
1994 IUP 10–3 6–0 1st (West) L NCAA Division II Semifinal 8
1995 IUP 8–3 5–1 2nd (West) 19
1996 IUP 8–3 5–1 T–1st (West) L NCAA Division II First Round 10
1997 IUP 5–5 4–2 T–2nd (West)
1998 IUP 10–2 5–1 2nd (West) L NCAA Division II First Round 8
1999 IUP 9–4 5–1 2nd (West) L NCAA Division II Semifinal
2000 IUP 8–3 5–1 T–1st (West) L NCAA Division II First Round 15 12
2001 IUP 8–2 6–0 1st (West) L NCAA Division II First Round 8 8
2002 IUP 11–2 6–0 1st (West) L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal 6 8
2003 IUP 10–2 5–1 T–1st (West) 6 9
2004 IUP 7–3 5–1 T–1st (West)
2005 IUP 5–5 4–2 T–3rd (West)
IUP: 182–50–1 106–13–1
Total: 199–77–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Top 25 (used until 2000).
°American Football Coaches Association poll, including playoffs (used since 2000).

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