Ciarrocca's offense was led by the most inexperienced quarterback group in the country in 2017, but still posted impressive numbers. The Gophers averaged 22.1 points per game, which was the fifth-most under a first-year Gopher head coach since 1900.
The Minnesota offense scored 54 points in a win against Nebraska and 48 points in a victory at Oregon State. The 54 points were the most that the Gophers scored in a Big Ten game since they beat Indiana 63-26 in 2006 and were the 14th most scored by Minnesota since 1946. The 48 points at were the most the Gophers scored on the road since they beat Northwestern 49-21 in 1980.
Ciarrocca came to Minnesota after serving as the offensive coordinator at Western Michigan since 2013. The Broncos thrived under Ciarrocca in 2016, as they averaged 41.57 points per game (ninth most in the nation) and set program records in points (582), total yards (6,737) and touchdowns (75). This came after setting records in the same categories in 2015.
In 2016, Western Michigan had the nation’s 25th-ranked rushing offense, 49th-ranked passing offense and had the fewest turnovers in the country with eight.
Ciarrocca’s offense included MAC Offensive Player of the Year and NCAA Consensus All-American Corey Davis at wide receiver. Joining Davis as an All-MAC First Team selection were offensive linemen Taylor Moton and Chukwuma Okorafor. His offense also included All-MAC Second Team honorees quarterback Zach Terrell, running back Jarvion Franklin and offensive lineman John Keenoy. Tight end Donnie Ernsberger was a third team selection.
Ciarrocca also coached the quarterbacks and mentored Terrell, who ended his career as the William V. Campbell Trophy winner after not having any Power Five program offers out of high school. In 2016, Terrell passed for 33 touchdowns and threw only four interceptions. In 2015, Terrell finished the season ranked seventh in the country and second in the MAC in quarterback efficiency with a mark of 162.3.
In 2015, he coached a dynamic running game led by Jamauri Bogan who was named the MAC Freshman of the Year and 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl MVP after amassing 215 yards and four touchdowns. For the year, Bogan finished with 1,053 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first time since 2008-09 that Western Michigan had 1,000-yard rushers in back-to-back seasons after Jarvion Franklin totaled 1,551 yards in 2014.
Ciarrocca’s offense also featured the most prolific receiving duo in the country since 2002. The duo of Daniel Braverman and Davis were the first receiving duo since 2002 to catch more than 1,400 and 1,300 yards in the same year (Davis recorded 1,436 yards, while Braverman had 1,371).
Braverman and Davis were each named to the All-MAC team in 2015. Braverman finished second in the FBS nationally in receptions (108), eighth in receiving yards (1,371) and eighth in receiving touchdowns (12). Davis was fifth in the country in receiving yards (1,436) and receiving touchdowns (13), while finishing 12th in receptions (90). Adding in Bogan’s 1,051 yards, Western Michigan became the first FBS team since 2001 to have a duo of 1,400 and 1,300 yard receivers to go along with a 1,000 yard rusher.
Ciarrocca, a graduate of Temple University, brings more than 25 years of coaching experience to Minnesota. He was instrumental in the development of Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco during his six seasons (2002-07) at the University of Delaware and was a member of the 2003 National Championship staff. Ciarrocca's Blue Hen 2007 offense ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring, total offense, passing offense, third down conversion and red-zone scoring. He had a pair of quarterbacks drafted into the NFL during his first stint with the Blue Hens.
Ciarrocca's coaching career began at his alma mater, Temple, where he assisted the offensive staff and served as the on-campus recruiting coordinator from 1990-91. He stayed on the East Coast, working with Western Connecticut State as the passing game coordinator in 1992, at Delaware Valley College, also as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks and receivers coach in 1993. He returned to Western Connecticut as the offensive coordinator for two seasons before heading to coach in the Ivy League for seven seasons. He first coached the wide receivers at Princeton from 1996-99 and then did the same at the University of Pennsylvania from 2000-02 where the Quakers boasted the top ranked passing offense and claimed the 2000 Ivy League championship.
Ciarrocca worked with Fleck during his time at Rutgers when he was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He also coached the quarterbacks at Richmond in 2011 before returning to Delaware to coach the running backs in 2012.
Ciarrocca and his wife Kim have a daughter, Colby, and a son, Cade.
CIARROCCA AT A GLANCE
2017-present: Minnesota - Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
2013-17: Western Michigan - Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
2012: Delaware - Running Backs Coach
2011: Richmond - Quarterbacks Coach
2008-10: Rutgers - Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
2002-07: Delaware - Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
2000-01: University of Pennsylvania - Wide Receivers
1996-99: Princeton - Wide Receivers
1994-95: Western Connecticut State - Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks / Wide Receivers
1993: Delaware Valley College - Passing Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers
1992: Western Connecticut State - Passing Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers
1990-91: Temple - Graduate Assistant
Playing Experience: Juniata College (defensive back)
Hometown: Lewisberry, Pa.
High School: Red Land High School
Alma Mater: Temple, 1990
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