Morgantown, West Virginia – When West Virginia hired Kirk Ciarrocca as an offensive analyst last season, it was a huge under the radar hiring.
Ciarrocca was the former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Penn State, and served as the same positions at Minnesota for three years prior to that.
In 2019, Minnesota won 10 games and his offense finished 3rd in school history in scoring offense and 2nd in passing offense. Ciarrocca was selected as a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, signifying the top assistant coach in the nation.
Ciarrocca is one of the most experienced and respected offensive minds in college football, and he should certainly have been in consideration to be the new offensive coordinator at West Virginia University.
Unfortunately, it now appears that Neal Brown is going to let another key member of his staff go elsewhere. Remember, Brown lost one of his top assistants last season when Jahmile Addae left the program to become the safeties coach at Georgia when Brown refused to promote him or give him a raise.
Ciarrocca will reunite with his former head coach P.J. Fleck at Minnesota as their new offensive coordinator. Ciarrocca has worked with Fleck for 7 seasons during his career and the deal to become the offensive coordinator will likely he completed in the next couple of days.
Big loss for the Mountaineers.
Sources: Minnesota has targeted Kirk Ciarrocca as the school’s new offensive coordinator. He worked as P.J. Fleck’s OC for seven combined seasons at Western Michigan and Minnesota. He was the OC for Minnesota’s 11-2 2019 season and worked last year as a West Virginia analyst.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 3, 2021