University of North Dakota head football coach Bubba Schweigert added Jordan Gigli as his defensive line coach on Jan. 7, 2014.
Gigli (pronounced Gee-lee) remains in the Big Sky with this move, having spent the last three seasons in a similar position at Sacramento State. “Jordan brings us Big Sky experience and brings a wide variety of recruiting experience, including in the Midwest and in areas where we will need to be competitive in the Big Sky,” Schweigert said. “He has California ties and has a great reputation to motivate his players to put forth great effort on the field.”
Prior to his stop in California’s capital city, Gigli was a defensive and special teams quality control coach at Minnesota for four seasons (2007-10). His primary duties with the Gophers were coaching the defensive line along with the placekickers, punters and long snappers.
“I’m excited to work at UND and all the football tradition that is in place there,” Gigli said. “It’s an exciting opportunity. I watched Coach Schweigert’s press conference and I’m excited for the chance to work with a man that is genuine and is that compassionate about the university and the game of football. I could not be more thrilled to get started.”
Gigli was an all-conference performer and team captain during his playing days at Trine University (2000-03) and holds a master’s degree from Western Illinois where he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach (2004-05). His first full-time coaching job came at Wittenberg University (Ohio) during the 2006 season.