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    Frank Verducci  
    Frank Verducci

    Position:
    Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line

    Alma Mater:
    Seton Hall '80


    08/07/2009

    2009 Notre Dame Football Media Days (Aug. 7)

    Head coach Charlie Weis and his staff spoke during Friday's football media day on the Notre Dame campus.

    A veteran offensive coach with 27 years of coaching experience at the NFL and collegiate levels, was named offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Notre Dame on Jan. 14, 2009.

    He joins the Irish after working eight of the past 10 years in the NFL with Cleveland (2007-08), Buffalo (2004-05), Dallas (2002) and Cincinnati (1999-2001). Prior to moving to professional football, he spent 19 seasons in the college ranks at Iowa (1989-98 and 1985-86), Northwestern (1987-88), Northern Illinois (1984), Maryland (1981-83) and Colorado State (1980).

    Verducci's tenure as an offensive line coach in the NFL has been punctuated by record-setting performances in the run game. In Dallas, Emmitt Smith set the NFL career rushing record (2002) while Corey Dillon set a single-game NFL rushing record (278 yards versus Denver 2000) during Verducci's stay in Cincinnati.

    As a collegiate coach, Iowa's career, single-season and single-game rushing records were all broken under Verducci's watch.

    The past two years Verducci served as an offensive assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns. In 2007, the Browns won 10 games behind an offense that was one of the best in the NFL. The 10 victories were the most by the Browns since 1994 and the offense ranked eighth in the NFL, best by Cleveland since 1981.

    Verducci spent two years with Buffalo as tight ends/assistant offensive line coach in 2004 before being promoted to offensive line coach in 2005. He coached tackles Jason Peters (2007 Pro Bowler) and former Irish tackle Mike Gandy with the Bills.

    Verducci joined the Dallas Cowboys as offensive line coach in 2002. He coached Pro Bowl offensive lineman Larry Allen and two future Pro Bowlers: center Andre Gurode and left tackle Flozell Adams.

    Verducci entered the NFL ranks as tight end / assistant offensive line coach with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1999-2001.

    Ten years of working with the offensive line at Iowa preceded Verducci's NFL coaching career. From 1989-91 Verducci served as the assistant offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator before becoming the offensive line coach in 1992. In 1995 he added run game coordinator to his title. Verducci was ranked one of the top-10 recruiters in the country by both Tom Lemming and Allen Wallace (SuperPrep) during his time at Iowa. Twelve of his offensive linemen at Iowa went onto make NFL rosters and six players were named first-team all-Big Ten performers.

    In 1992, center Mike Devlin was selected the Big Ten Lineman of the Year and was a first-team All-American. Verducci was part of the coaching staff that helped guide the Hawkeyes to eight bowl games during his time in Iowa City (two Holiday, two Sun, two Alamo, two Rose Bowls), along with a Citrus and Aloha Bowl while at Maryland.

    A native of Glen Ridge, N.J., he was born March 17, 1957 and graduated from Seton Hall Prepatory School. He played fullback and tight end at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - Kings Point and received his bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University in 1980.

    He and his wife, Noel (Saint Mary's grad), have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Cameron.

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