Bloomington, Indiana – December 13, 2023
Curt Cignetti, head coach of the Indiana football team, declared the appointment of ten assistant coaches and the head of the Hoosiers strength and conditioning program on Wednesday, December 13, marking a significant step in the team’s restructuring.
The inaugural coaching assembly led by Cignetti in Bloomington is an amalgamation of seven personnel from his James Madison staff, one member from the 2023 Indiana coaching roster, and three fresh additions set to collaborate with Cignetti for the first time.
The roster of appointments encompasses skilled professionals in various coaching capacities:
Bryant Haines – Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Haines, a semifinalist for the 2023 Broyles Award, returns for his second stint at Indiana, overseeing the defense for Cignetti, marking their third consecutive season working together. His coaching tenure at James Madison, spanning five seasons, witnessed the Dukes consistently ranking within the top 10 nationally in total defense. Notably, his defensive units held high rankings in scoring defense during the transition to the FBS, with several players securing All-America honors.
Mike Shanahan – Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Shanahan, who previously served as Cignetti’s offensive coordinator during his final three seasons at James Madison, assumes a parallel role at Indiana. His coaching tenure at JMU boasted successful offenses, producing multiple All-America selections and conference players of the year. Under his guidance, the 2023 James Madison offense excelled in offensive efficiency, culminating in remarkable achievements for key players.
Grant Cain – Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Bringing 21 seasons of collegiate coaching experience, Cain joins Cignetti’s staff after a fruitful five-season tenure at James Madison. His expertise in special teams coaching resulted in James Madison’s dominance across various statistical categories, including field goals, kick-return averages, and punt returns, showcasing the depth of his coaching prowess.
Tino Sunseri – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Sunseri, renowned for nurturing quarterbacks and recruiting talent, assumes the co-offensive coordinator position at IU following a successful stint at James Madison. His adeptness in developing quarterbacks is evidenced by their prolific passing yards and touchdown statistics, resulting in an impressive total of 119 touchdowns over three seasons.
Ola Adams – Safeties/Defensive Backs Adams, equipped with 15 years of coaching experience in college and professional football, arrives at Indiana following roles at Penn State and the Denver Broncos. Notably, his coaching tenures consistently saw the emergence of talented defensive backs, with a remarkable track record of developing all-conference honorees.
Bob Bostad – Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Returning from the 2023 Indiana staff, Bostad brings with him 26 years of coaching expertise. His coaching acumen significantly contributed to the offensive line’s improvement, evident in reduced sacks and enhanced performance during his first season with Indiana.
Pat Kuntz – Defensive Tackles Kuntz, recognized as a 247sports All-Assistant Team pick for his exceptional coaching in defensive line management, joins Indiana after a successful stint at JMU. His coaching prowess notably contributed to the team’s defensive dominance, showcasing stellar statistics in rushing defense and tackles for loss.
John Miller – Running Backs Miller, a former player under Cignetti at James Madison, transitioned into coaching with five seasons on Cignetti’s staff. His adeptness in coaching running backs saw significant accomplishments, including impressive rushing yards and touchdowns per game for the Dukes.
Rod Ojong – Cornerbacks Ojong, known for his proficiency in coaching defensive backs, arrives at Indiana following coaching stops at various institutions. Notably, his coaching led to the emergence of All-American talents, highlighted by his successful coaching tenure at Buffalo.
Buddha Williams – Defensive Ends Williams, joining Cignetti’s staff after a successful stint at Colorado State, brings a track record of developing standout defensive linemen. His coaching tenure at North Dakota State resulted in national titles and the emergence of All-American defensive linemen.
Derek Owings – Strength & Conditioning Owings, transitioning from James Madison to Indiana, brings a wealth of experience in strength and conditioning. His coaching expertise contributed significantly to the development and success of players at James Madison, fostering numerous All-America selections.
For detailed bios of each coach, refer to the provided link.