Former Minnesota, Penn State OC lands Big 12 gig
A former B1G offensive coordinator has found a new job in the Big 12.
West Virginia announced the hiring of former Minnesota and Penn State offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca as an offensive analyst. The school released a statement on the addition on Tuesday. Ciarrocca takes the job with the Mountaineers after one season with the Nittany Lions (2020).
“I want to welcome Kirk, his wife, Kim, and his family to Mountaineer Football,” said head coach Neal Brown. “I have known Kirk for many years, having worked together on the staff at Delaware. He brings years of successful experience and will be a valuable member of our football program.”
Ciarrocca was on P.J. Fleck’s staff at Minnesota from 2017-19, helping lead the Gophers to an 11-2 record during the 2019 campaign. He was the brain behind the Golden Gophers’ explosive offensive attack that featured star wide receivers Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman and quarterback Tanner Morgan.
He also spent four seasons on Fleck’s staff at Western Michigan.
After the 2019 season, Ciarrocca took a job as Penn State’s offensive coordinator, replacing Ricky Rahne. After the Nittany Lions ended with a 4-5 record — including a program-worst 0-5 start — head coach James Franklin parted ways with the OC.
Ciarrocca has also had stops at Princeton, Delaware, Penn, Rutgers and Richmond.