December 14th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne awarded Curt Cignetti a six-year contract to be the eighth head coach in the history of the JMU football program on Friday. Cignetti has climbed the ladder throughout a 36-year football coaching career that has included multiple Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) stops and a 67-26 record (.720) in eight years as a head coach, six at NCAA Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania followed by the last two at Elon. “After a thorough and extensive search, it was the clear choice for the search committee to appoint Curt Cignetti as the next head coach at James Madison,” Bourne said. “In our discussions, he impressed with both his deep knowledge of the game as well as his intel regarding the current state of our program at JMU.  The Phoenix achieved a six-win turnaround in Cignetti’s first season, going 8-4 after a 2-9 ledger the year prior. Cignetti was named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year as Elon finished second in the CAA, at 6-2, dropped a tough 28-27 decision to Furman in the First Round of the FCS Playoffs and finished 20th in the national rankings. – Read More

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