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Jack Bicknell, Jr.
Biographical details
Born (1963-02-07) February 7, 1963 (age 58)
North Plainfield, New Jersey
Playing career
1981–1985Boston College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Boston College (GA)
New Hampshire (DL)
New Hampshire (OL)
Louisiana Tech (OL)
Louisiana Tech
Boston College (OL)
New York Giants (Asst. OL)
Kansas City Chiefs (OL)
Pittsburgh Steelers (OL)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1985 Scanlan Award, 2001 WAC Coach of the Year

Jack Bicknell, Jr. (born February 7, 1963) is an American football coach, currently serving as the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was the head coach of Louisiana Tech from 1999–2006. He then served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach for Boston College for two seasons, before becoming the assistant offensive line coach for the Giants in January 2008. Bicknell is the son of former Boston College head coach Jack Bicknell and the brother of Bob Bicknell, the wide receivers coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Playing career

Bicknell was a three-year letterwinner on the Boston College offensive line for his father, head coach Jack Bicknell. He was the starting center during Doug Flutie's 1984 Heisman Trophy winning season. He started in the 1985 Cotton Bowl Classic and played in the 1982 Tangerine Bowl. He was the starting center BC's 1984 defeat over Miami and snapped the ball during the famous Hail Flutie play. As a senior at BC, Bicknell received the Scanlan Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a BC football player.

New Hampshire

Bicknell began his coaching career in 1986 as a graduate assistant at Boston College. In 1987, he became the New Hampshire Wildcats defensive line coach and in 1993 took over the offensive line. During his time at UNH, the Wildcats won the Yankee Conference championship in 1991 and 1994 and were the New England Division champions in 1996.

Louisiana Tech

Bicknell left UNH in 1997 to serve as the offensive line coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. When head coach Gary Crowton left to become the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator in 1999, Bicknell was promoted to replace him. In his first season as head coach, he led the Bulldogs to an 8–3 record, the school's first AP Top 25 ranking, and a 29–28 upset win over eventual SEC champion Alabama. In 2001, Louisiana Tech won the Western Athletic Conference championship during its first year of membership, earning Bicknell conference Coach of the Year honors. Louisiana Tech played Clemson in the Humanitarian Bowl, the program's first postseason appearance since 1990. During his tenure at Louisiana Tech, Bicknell's teams defeated national powers Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma State. 22 of his players were either drafted by or signed free agent contracts with National Football League teams. Bicknell was fired on December 4, 2006 after a 3–10 season.[1]

Boston College

On December 12, 2007, Bicknell was hired by Texas Tech to serve as their offensive line coach. However when Boston College offensive line coach Jim Turner resigned that August, Bicknell left the Red Raiders to rejoin BC.[2]

In 2007, BC's offensive line ranked first in the ACC in sacks against, allowing just 22 sacks all season. His offensive line also paved the way for an ACC-leading 5,951 yards of total offense and a record breaking season by quarterback Matt Ryan. Bicknell also oversaw the development of Anthony Castonzo, the first true freshman to start on the BC offensive line since 1997 and a member of the All-ACC freshman team.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Independent) (1999–2000)
1999 Louisiana Tech 8–3
2000 Louisiana Tech 3–9
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Western Athletic Conference) (2001–2006)
2001 Louisiana Tech 7–5 7–1 1st L Humanitarian
2002 Louisiana Tech 4–8 3–5 T–6th
2003 Louisiana Tech 5–7 3–5 7th
2004 Louisiana Tech 6–6 5–3 T–3rd
2005 Louisiana Tech 7–4 6–2 T–3rd
2006 Louisiana Tech 3–10 1–7 T–8th
Louisiana Tech: 43–52 25–23
Total: 43–52
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