|Position:||Senior Offensive Analyst|
|City/State:||Glen Ridge, N.J.|
|Alma Mater:||Seton Hall|
Veteran coach Frank Verducci is in his first season on the Nebraska staff in 2018. He followed Scott Frost to Lincoln after serving as an offensive analyst in 2017 on Frost’s Central Florida staff.
Verducci helped UCF field the nation’s most improved offense in 2017. The Knights led the nation in scoring and ranked fifth in total offense. The fast-paced, high-scoring offense helped UCF to a 13-0 record, an American Athletic Conference title and Peach Bowl Championship.
Before joining Frost in Orlando, Verducci was the offensive coordinator at UConn in 2015 and 2016. Verducci owns an impressive coaching resume with more than 30 years of experience. The 2018 season marks Verducci’s 15th season in the Big Ten Conference. He has coached in both the FCS and FBS ranks, while also spending eight seasons as an NFL assistant, one year as an NFL scout and one season in the Canadian Football League. Verducci has been an offensive coordinator and coached the offensive line, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers at the FBS level.
Developing offensive linemen has been the cornerstone of Verducci’s coaching tenure. As a college coach, he has developed first round draft picks at Iowa (Ross Verba 1997 - Green Bay Packers) Notre Dame (Zach Martin 2014 - Dallas Cowboys) and Florida (DJ Humphries 2016 – Arizona Cardinals). Thirty-five of Verducci’s former players have made NFL rosters over the course of his career. Single game, single season, bowl and career rushing records were all broken during Verducci’s tenure at Iowa. The 2018 Peach Bowl was his 15th Bowl game as an FBS coach.
In the NFL, Verducci oversaw the development of rookie offensive linemen Joe Thomas (Cleveland Browns) and Jason Peters (Buffalo Bills), both earning All-Pro accolades during their careers. As the Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach, Verducci tutored NFL Hall of Famer Larry Allen in 2002. Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon set the NFL single-game rushing record during Verducci’s time with the Bengals and Emmit Smith became the NFL’s all-time leading rusher during Verducci’s time in Dallas.
Originally from Glen Ridge, N.J., Verducci earned his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall in 1980. He and his wife, Noel, have two children. Frank’s father, Tony, was a legendary high school football coach in New Jersey who coached former Husker Tom Coccia (1976), while Frank's brother, Tom, is the senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated and a baseball analyst for FOX and the MLB Network.
2018: Nebraska,Senior Offensive Analyst
2017: Central Florida, Offensive Analyst
2016: UConn, Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs
2015: UConn, Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
2014: Northern Iowa, Assistant Coach (Tight Ends/Offensive Tackles)
2013: Montreal Alouettes (CFL), Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
2011: Florida, Assistant Coach (Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator)
2010: St. Louis Rams, Personnel/Advance Scout
2009: Notre Dame, Assistant Coach (Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator)
2007-08: Cleveland Browns, Offensive Assistant
2005: Buffalo Bills, Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
2004: Buffalo Bills, Assistant Coach (Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line)
2002: Dallas Cowboys, Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
2001: Cincinnati Bengals, Assistant Coach (Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line)
1999-2000: Cincinnati Bengals, Assistant Coach (Tight Ends)
1995-98: Iowa, Assistant Coach (Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator)
1992-94: Iowa, Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
1989-91: Iowa, Assistant Coach (Assistant Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator)
1987-88: Northwestern, Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers)
1985-86: Iowa, Graduate Assistant
1984: Northern Illinois, Assistant Coach (Running Backs/Strength & Conditioning)
1981-83: Maryland, Assistant Coach (Tight Ends)
1980: Colorado State, Graduate Assistant