Nick Sirianni will coach the Chargers wide receivers for a second season in 2017. A former quality control and quarterbacks coach, this is Sirianni’s fifth season with the team.
Under Sirianni’s guidance, Tyrell Williams enjoyed a breakout season for the Chargers in 2016. In just his second NFL season, Williams led the Bolts with 69 catches and 1,059 yards. He became just the 15th player in franchise history to top 1,000 yards. Three of the Chargers’ top four pass catchers in 2016 were wide receivers as Williams, Dontrelle Inman and Travis Benjamin combined to catch 174 passes for 2,546 yards and 15 touchdowns. Williams and Benjamin each caught six passes of 40 yards or longer, tied for most in the League.
A native of Jamestown, N.Y., Sirianni won three NCAA Division III National Championships (2000-02) as a wide receiver at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. A three-year starter, he earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors as a senior after a career-high 13 touchdown catches. Sirianni spent one season (2005) playing in the Atlantic Indoor Football League with the Canton Legends before transitioning into coaching. He coached defensive backs at Mt. Union during the 2004-05 seasons and helped lead the Purple Raiders to another national title in 2005.
Sirianni spent three seasons (2006-08) coaching wide receivers at Indiana University in Pennsylvania before landing his first NFL job with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. From 2009-11, he was an offensive quality control coach for the Chiefs and in 2012 he coached the team’s wide receivers. In 2010, Sirianni worked with the Chiefs’ quarterbacks and helped Matt Cassel achieve All-Pro honors.
Sirianni originally joined the Chargers in 2013 as a quality control coach on offense before spending the 2014-15 seasons coaching quarterbacks. Philip Rivers went to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and in 2015, he enjoyed a record-breaking season as he set new franchise marks for attempts and completions, while passing for 4,792 yards, 10 shy of the franchise record. Rivers set a team-record with five-straight 300-yard games in 2015, including the first 500-yard game in team history, and he threw 29 touchdown passes.
Sirianni’s brother, Mike, is the head coach at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. A six-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, including 2012-14, Sirianni owns a .810 winning percentage (128-30), which is the highest in school history. In 2016, the Presidents went 9-2, including a 38-31 victory over Brockport State (N.Y.) in the ECAC Presidents Bowl at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Brother, Jay, is a former head coach at their alma mater, Southwestern Central High School in Jamestown where their father, Fran, also spent nine years as the varsity head coach. Under Jay, Southwestern Central won New York state championships in 2008 and ’09. He stepped down from coaching at Southwestern Central in 2015.
Sirianni and his wife, Brett, have a son, Jacob.