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Frank Giufre begins his first season as the offensive line coach for the UConn football team.
Giufre spent the last six seasons as the offensive quality control coach for the Indianapolis Colts. As part of his duties as the offensive quality control coach he served as the assistant tight ends coach during the 2012 season and as the assistant offensive line coach from 2013-17.
In total, Giufre has 17 years of coaching experience, including 11 seasons in college football.
“I’m pleased to have Frank join our staff and coach our offensive line, Edsall said. “His attention to detail and ability to teach and coach the fundamentals and techniques of offensive line play will benefit our young offensive line. Having college and pro experience really fit what I was looking for in an offensive line coach and after talking with Bruce (Arians), Chuck (Pagano) and Coach Cosgrove (former Maine head coach) it was apparent to me that Frank was our guy. He has a great ability to connect with the student-athletes and will be a tremendous asset on the recruiting trail.”
In 2016, Giufre assisted with the development of the offensive line, one of the youngest position groups on the team. The Colts utilized seven different starting offensive line combinations and led the NFL with 34 rookie starts. Indianapolis was the only team in the league to start four different rookies along the offensive line. The unit paved the way for running back Frank Gore to rush for 1,025 yards and become the first Colt to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing since Joseph Addai in 2007.
“I’m excited to back in the Northeast and thrilled to be a part of Coach Edsall’s program at UConn,” Giufre said. “I have worked with (defensive line coach) Dennis Dottin-Carter and (director of player personnel) Michael Zyskowski during my time at Maine and have a great relationship with those guys. I can’t wait to coach with them and everyone else on staff in Storrs! It is an honor and a privilege to be on Coach Edsall’s staff and I am grateful for the opportunity.”
In 2014, Giufre assisted an offense that set franchise single-season records in net yards (6,506) and net passing yards (4,894), while recording its second-highest point total (458) for a season. The team finished the regular season ranked first in the NFL in passing yards, third in net yards, fourth in time of possession and sixth in points scored.
In 2013, Giufre helped coach an offense that averaged 341.8 yards per game, including 232.8 passing and 108.9 rushing. The Colts 1,743 total rushing yards were the most for the team since the 2006 campaign. Indianapolis set franchise records for the fewest turnovers (14) and fumbles lost (four) and became the first team in the NFL to finish a season with the least amount of turnovers and penalties since the 2002 Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2012, Giufre assisted with a Colts offensive unit that averaged 362.4 net yards per game. Indianapolis also rushed for 104.4 yards per game, which is the most for the team since the 2007 campaign. Giufre coached a rookie class that generated 3,108 total offensive yards, which is the most by a team’s rookie class since the 1970 NFL merger.
Prior to joining the Colts, Giufre spent five seasons as the run game coordinator, offensive line coach and tight ends coach at the University of Maine (2007-2011).
While at Maine, Giufre coached five offensive linemen who earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors. In each of his first three seasons, the offensive line ranked in the top 18 nationally in fewest sacks allowed. Maine also finished in the CAA top four in rushing in each of Giufre’s first two seasons, including paving the way for running back Jhamal Fluellen to rush for 1,052 yards in 2007.
Prior to coaching at Maine, Giufre spent the previous three seasons as the offensive line coach at Sacred Heart University (2004-06). In 2004, Sacred Heart led the Northeast Conference in fewest quarterback sacks allowed with 13.0. Giufre’s offensive line cleared the way for running back Ed Pricolo to earn NCAA FCS All-America honors in 2004 and 2005.
Giufre started his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami (Fla.) (2001-03), working with the offensive and defensive lines and the tight ends. During his time with Miami, the Hurricanes won the 2001 National Championship with a 37-14 victory over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl and defeated Florida State in the 2004 Orange Bowl.
Giufre started his coaching career at Christian Brothers Academy High School in Syracuse, N.Y., where he coached the offensive line during the 2000 season.
Giufre was a two-year letter winner as a guard and center at Syracuse University. He made five bowl appearances with the Orange, suiting up for the Music City Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Liberty Bowl and Gator Bowl. He earned his bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science.
Giufre and his wife, Jessica, have two sons, James and Dominic.
Former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano
“I’ve known Frank for quite some time and he spent six years with me on our staff in Indianapolis. He is dedicated, detail oriented and meticulous with his preparation. Frank is a leader of men and will be instrumental in helping all UConn players grow on and off the field. He is equally as good of a husband and father as he is a coach and he was well-respected by the entire Colts organization during his six years with the team. UConn is getting a fantastic coach.”
“Frank is an outstanding young football coach who I had the pleasure of working with in Indianapolis. He has a bright future and is an excellent offensive line coach that is skilled in technique and training. He is going to do a great job for UConn.”
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