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CFB: Panthers Name Verducci Tight Ends Coach

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa University of Northern Iowa football head coach Mark Farley has announced the hiring of Frank Verducci as the new tight ends coach.

Verducci, a 1980 graduate of Seton Hall University, has been coaching since 1984 and was with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League last season. He served as the offensive line coach for the Alouettes, helping the team to a No. 1 ranking in pass protection in the CFL.

Verducci has coached in the Big Ten, SEC and in the NFL under such names as Will Muschamp, Charlie Weis and Lee Corso. Prior to entering the NFL coaching world, Verducci coached at the University of Iowa under former head coach Hayden Fry from 1989-1998.

After his stint at Iowa, Verducci joined the Cincinnati Bengals as the tight ends and offensive line coach from 1999-2001. During his time with the Bengals, the team set an NFL single-game rushing record, a franchise record for rushing yards in a game and the team finished second in the NFL in rushing offense.

He also coached for the Dallas Cowboys in 2002 as the head offensive line coach where he saw center Andre Gurode selected to the NFL All-Rookie team. He then moved to the Buffalo Bills from 2004-2005 as the tight ends coach and eventually the head offensive line coach.

Verducci spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns from 2007-2008 as an offensive assistant coach. His duties included leading game planning on areas of screens, wildcat packages, special and trick plays, along with goal line and short yardage plays.

After taking a year break from the NFL in 2009 where he served as the offensive run game coordinator and offensive line coach for Weis at Notre Dame, he returned as a pro personnel/advance scout for the St. Louis Rams. He worked directly with the general manager to evaluate NFL personnel and scouted nine different opponents for the 2010 season.

Prior to heading to the Canadian Football League, Verducci spent a season in the SEC with the University of Florida under the direction of Muschamp. He served as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach, recruiting out of Florida, New Jersey and New York.

His first job out of college was at Northern Illinois University where he was named the running backs coach and oversaw the strength and conditioning program for head coach Lee Corso in 1984.

Verducci has been a resident of Iowa City, Iowa, for 24 years. He and his wife, Noel, have two children, John Francis and Cameron Noel.

 
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