Add yet another Granite Stater to the growing list of Division I college football head coaches.
Manchester’s Tony Trisciani on Monday was elevated from assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator to head coach at Elon University. Trisciani replaces Curt Cignetti, who took the head coaching job at James Madison University, another FCS school.
Trisciani, who began his coaching career in 1996 as a graduate assistant at Springfield College, his alma mater, returned to Elon last season after having been the defensive backs and special team coordinator there in 2006. He has also coached at UNH (restricted earnings running backs coach, 1998-99, and defensive backs coach, 2001-04), Lehigh, Alfred and at the high school level.
“I am proud to be the head football coach at Elon University,” said Trisciani in a release. “I’d like to thank President (Connie Ledoux) Book, (director of athletics) Dave Blank and the rest of the administration for the opportunity to lead our football program and student-athletes.
“During my tenure, I have watched our players and staff fully commit to a culture of excellence both on the field and in the classroom, and I am excited and eager to continue what we’ve started together.”
Elon, formerly a Division II program, moved up to Division I-AA (now FCS) in 1999 and joined the Colonial Athletic Association — the conference in which the University of New Hampshire plays — in 2014. The Phoenix went 6-5 overall, 4-3 in the CAA, including a 30-9 victory over UNH on Sept. 29 in North Carolina. They lost to Wofford, 19-7, in the first round of the FCS playoffs this season.
Trisciani, a Manchester Memorial graduate, becomes the latest New Hampshire man to be hired as a college head coach. On Dec. 4, former Manchester Central and UNH star Ryan Day was designated to become the next head coach at Ohio State. Dan Mullen, a Trinity High grad, currently serves as head coach at the University of Florida, and former Central star Chip Kelly is the head man at UCLA.
Said UNH head coach Sean McDonnell in a tweet: “Elon University is getting an outstanding coach and person as their next head coach. Tony has grown from his time here at UNH to his defensive coordinator position at Elon. He has been an effective football coach and recruiter, and his experiences at every level will make him a terrific head coach.”