The Pendulum Curt Cignetti has resigned as the head coach for Elon University football and has signed on as the new head coach for in-conference rival James Madison University. Cignetti went 14-9 in his two seasons with the Phoenix and led Elon to back-to-back FCS Playoff appearances for the first time in the program’s history. Cignetti’s landmark win in his time at Elon came over his new team when Elon went to Harrisonburg and beat the Dukes 27-24.
“While we are disappointed with Coach Cignetti’s decision to depart Elon, he has helped build a successful program with a solid foundation and we are appreciative of what he and his staff have accomplished,” wrote director of athletics Dave Blank in a press release.
The head job for the Dukes was left vacant at the end of this year when Mike Houston left the gig to take over for the East Carolina University Pirates. Houston led JMU to back-to-back 14-1 seasons and won a national championship in 2016 in the course of his two years at the program.
This will be the second time in four years that Elon is saddled with a holiday season search committee for a new football head coach. The last time the Phoenix needed a new leader was nearly two years ago to the day when former head coach Rich Skrosky resigned to take a job coaching at Florida International University.
Blank said in the press release that “a national search will begin immediately to find the right person to continue our progress,” and “our next head coach will join Elon University at an exciting time.”
Elon University Athletics has not made Blank available to Elon News Network for further comments outside of the initial press release.
There could be even more changes coming to the roster past Cignetti too. Offensive linemen coach Damian Wroblewski, linebackers coach, Bryant …