Cecchini names Bucknell’s offensive and defensive coordinators

LEWISBURG — Bucknell head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the hiring of Jason Miran as offensive coordinator and Ryan Manalac as defensive coordinator on Friday.

Miran follows Cecchini from Valparaiso University, where he served in the same position for Cecchini’s five seasons at the helm. Manalac most recently was Ohio Dominican University’s defensive coordinator following stints at Valparaiso under Cecchini and at Michigan State University under two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Mark Dantonio.

“I have been coaching alongside Jason Miran for the past nine years,” Cecchini said. “He is a gifted, intelligent coach who has grown into one the best offensive coordinators in the country at the Division I level. Ryan Manalac is the perfect fit for the defensive coordinator position at Bucknell. He has learned the game from some of the best defensive minds in football, and I am excited to have him on board.”

Miran played a key role in Valparaiso’s turnaround, guiding the offense to historic numbers. In 2017, Valparaiso totaled 330 points and 4,398 yards, both good for second in school history, en route to its first winning season since 2003. The following campaign, Valparaiso scored 290 points, tied for the fifth-highest total in the program’s annals. Entering 2018, Valparaiso had not scored at least 290 points in back-to-back seasons since 1950 and 1951.

Manalac spent the past two seasons running Ohio Dominican’s defense. Over that stretch, the Panthers went a combined 16-5, winning the 2017 Great Midwest Athletic Conference title with an unbeaten 7-0 mark in conference action. That season, Ohio Dominican ceded just 13.6 points per game to conference opponents, which led to six defensive players garnering All-G-MAC First Team laurels.