After former offensive line coach J.B. Grimes left UConn to take the same position at Auburn, the Huskies have named Frank Giufre as the new offensive line coach.
Giufre spent the last six seasons as an offensive quality control coach for the Indianapolis Colts, serving as an assistant tight ends coach in 2012 and the assistant offensive line coach from 2013-17 as well.
During the 2016 season, Giufre assisted with a young offensive line that started four different rookies and helped Frank Gore become the first Colts players to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards since Joseph Addai did so in 2007. This past season, the Colts’ offensive line gave up 56 sacks, the most in the NFL.
Prior to his time with the Colts, Giufre spent five years at Maine from 2007-11 as the run game coordinator, tight ends coach and offensive line coach. Overall, Giufre has 17 years of football experience, including 11 years at the collegiate level.
“I’m pleased to have Frank join our staff and coach our offensive line,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a press release. “His attention to detail and ability to teach and coach the fundamentals and techniques of offensive line play will benefit our young offensive line. Having college and pro experience really fit what I was looking for in an offensive line coach and after talking with Bruce (Arians), Chuck (Pagano) and Coach Cosgrove (former Maine head coach) it was apparent to me that Frank was our guy. He has a great ability to connect with the student-athletes and will be a tremendous asset on the recruiting trail.”
Like Edsall, Giufre is a Syracuse graduate who earned two varsity letters for the Orange as a guard and center and made five bowl appearances. After a season of coaching offensive line at the high school level, Giufre broke into the collegiate ranks as a graduate assistant focusing on the offensive/defensive lines and tight ends at Miami in 2001, helping the Hurricanes to a BCS National Championship.
“I’m excited to back in the Northeast and thrilled to be a part of coach Edsall’s program at UConn,” Giufre said. “It is an honor and a privilege to be on coach Edsall’s staff and I am grateful for the opportunity.”