Report: Jamestown Native Sirianni Named Eagles Head Coach

Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, pictured above next to head coach Frank Reich, is a 1999 Southwestern Central School graduate. AP file photo

Nick Sirianni, a Jamestown native and Southwestern Central School graduate, has reportedly been hired as the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing sources, announced the hire on Twitter Thursday around 2 p.m.

After starting his career at the University of Mount Union, his college alma mater, the 1999 Southwestern Central School graduate later coached at Division II Indiana University-Pennsylvania before joining the Kansas City Chiefs’ staff under head coach Todd Haley in 2009.

After Haley was fired by Kansas City near the end of the 2011 season, Sirianni remained with the Chiefs and was named wide receivers coach in 2012 for new coach Romeo Crennel. Sirianni was the only holdover from Haley’s staff to earn a promotion.

When Kansas City ownership made yet another head coaching change after 2012, Sirianni landed with the Chargers as their quality control coach under head coach Mike McCoy. Following the Chargers’ improbable postseason run in 2013 that included a victory at Cincinnati in the AFC Divisional playoffs, Sirianni was promoted to quarterbacks coach, a position he held for two seasons until being named the Chargers’ wide receivers coach. After two seasons there, Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich hired Sirianni to be the Colts’ offensive coordinator.

“I think one of the things that is cool about football is I’m able to be part of a team still,” Sirianni told The Post-Journal days before meeting the Bills in the wild-card playoff game. “A lot of people don’t get to be part of a team. I’m 39 years old, but I’m still on a team and, in my opinion, it’s the most complete team game there is.

“What I do affects what Philip Rivers does and what Philip Rivers does affects what I do. If I don’t do my job right, everybody can suffer. … It’s the ultimate team game. I love that about the sport.”

Sirianni added: “Whether we win and we’re celebrating in the locker room or it’s a Friday walk-through, I love it. … There are so many things that I love, and so many friendships and bonds through the game that will last forever. The game has provided a good life for myself and my family. It has done a lot for me.”


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