HARRISONBURG, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Two weeks ago, JMU announced it would be looking for a new football coach. On Monday, the Dukes introduced Curt Cignetti as the eighth coach in JMU football history.
JMU announced late Friday afternoon that it had hired Curt Cignetti away from CAA rival Elon. Cignetti spent the past two years at Elon, leading the Phoenix to the FCS playoffs in both seasons and finishing with a 14-9 record. That includes a 27-24 win over the Dukes in Harrisonburg this past season, a win that pushed Elon to No. 5 in the national rankings and ended JMU's 19-game home winning streak.
On Monday, Cignetti referred to JMU as "the Alabama of the FCS," but said there is still work that needs to be done. He referenced the four losses JMU suffered this season, including the loss his Elon team handed JMU, and said he believes he is the right man to lead JMU forward.
"I believe in myself, what I've learned, our blue print, the people I'm going to hire and our day to day process. We will improve on a daily basis. We will become process oriented and we will develop the intangibles needed in this football program to overcome when the stakes are high and we want to take it to another level."
Cignetti also announced the first five assistant coaches he hired. All five coaches will follow Cignetti to JMU from Elon.