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Cignetti named head coach at James Madison

| Friday, December 14, 2018 8:15 p.m

Curt Cignetti’s 36-year coaching career has taken him around the country and back, from the FBS ranks to the FCS and Division II levels.

It can be difficult to keep up with his whereabouts from season to season, but you know he’s coaching somewhere.

Cignetti’s latest stop is James Madison, where he was named head coach on Friday.

The former Pitt assistant and IUP head coach signed a six-year contract, JMU announced. He coached FCS Elon for the past two seasons.

Before that, Cignetti spent six winning seasons at IUP. He is 67-26 in eight years as a head coach.

Elon made the playoffs the last two years after winning just 12 games across in the previous five seasons before Cignetti arrived. His father, College Football Hall of Famer Frank Cignetti Sr., coached for 20 years at IUP and West Virginia. His brother, Frank Jr., is the quarterbacks coach of the Green Bay Packers.

“I respect and understand the tradition of James Madison football and the great things that have gone on here in its growth and development,” Cignetti said in a release. “We’re going to have high goals and expectations and a blueprint to become the best we can be, there will be no self-imposed limitations on what we can accomplish.”

Cignetti was an assistant to Nick Saban at Alabama from 2007-10. He also had stints as an assistant at North Carolina State, Pitt, Temple, Rice and Davidson.

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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