|Frank Cignetti, Sr.|
|Born||October 8, 1937|
|1957–1959||Indiana State (PA)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Leechburg HS (PA) (assistant)|
Leechburg HS (PA)
West Virginia (assistant)
|Head coaching record|
32–9 (high school)
|Tournaments||15–13 (NCAA D-II playoffs)|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 PSAC (1986–1987)
14 PSAC Western Division (1986–1988, 1990–1994, 1996, 2000–2004)
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.
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.
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.
Head coaching record
|West Virginia Mountaineers (Independent) (1976–1979)|
|IUP Indians (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) (1986–2005)|
|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|
|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|
|1996||IUP||8–3||5–1||T–1st (West)||L NCAA Division II First Round||10|
|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|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
| #Top 25 (used until 2000). |
°American Football Coaches Association poll, including playoffs (used since 2000).
- Deas, Tommy (January 21, 2011). "Cignetti to be named IUP coach". The Tuscaloosa News. http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20110120/news/110129964. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
- Frank Cignetti, Sr. at the College Football Hall of Fame
- Frank Cignetti, Sr. at the College Football Data Warehouse