March 20, 2014

WIDENER FOOTBALL PICKS BRIAN PICUCCI AS ITS NEXT OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

"Picucci also was the run-game coordinator and offensive line coach at Northeastern from 2000-03."
Chester, PA – Brian Picucci, who certainly will have plenty to work with in his new role, has been tabbed the new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Widener’s football team.

Picucci served last year as the offensive line coach and interim head coach for Central Connecticut State.  His unit led the NCAA FCS with only five sacks allowed, paced the Northeast Conference in total offense and broke the school record for total yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.  Of his players, Rob Holloman led the FCS in all-purpose yards and offensive lineman Taylor Fuller was tabbed All-NEC.

Before that, Picucci worked with the University of Massachusetts as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach from 2009-11, the run-game coordinator from 2004-08 and the offensive line coach all eight seasons.  He helped the Minutemen win the FCS national championship in 2006, conference titles in 2006 and 2007, twice lead the Colonial Athletic Association in total offense, lead the league in fewest sacks allowed six times, lead the CAA in pass offense in 2010 and coach eight All-Americas during his time.

Picucci also was the run-game coordinator and offensive line coach at Northeastern from 2000-03.  He coached an All-America, seven all-league players and helped the Huskies in 2002 to their first league title and NCAA Tournament berth.

His first stint at UMass saw his serve as the assistant offensive line coach in 1998 and the interior defensive line coach in 1999.  Picucci also was the offensive tackles and tight ends coach at Southern Connecticut State from 1994-95.

Picucci competed at Syracuse four seasons (1989-92) as a fullback and tight end.  He was a member of three squads which ended the season nationally ranked and all four teams posted bowl victories.

Picucci graduated from Syracuse in 1994 with a B.S. in education.

Widener (6-4, 6-3 Middle Atlantic Conference) last season was first in the league with 439.7 yards of total offense per game and 291.9 passing yards per contest.  Junior wide receiver/returner Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester) was picked first team All-America by two organizations as well as the MAC and ECAC South Offensive Player of the Year.  Freshman quarterback Seth Klein (Wernersville, PA) was picked MAC Rookie of the Year and ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year.