|Position:||Assistant Coach - Defensive Line|
|Alma Mater:||Sacramento State '03, Western Illinois '05|
Jordan Gigli is set to begin his fifth season as the defensive line coach at UND in 2018. He also directs the program's youth camps, which have seen a substantial increase in participants under his management during the past five summers.
Gigli's position group was instrumental in making the Fighting Hawks one of the most-feared defensive units in the Big Sky over the past four seasons and junior nose guard Tank Harris collected his second consecutive All-Big Sky accolades (third team) in 2017 to give Gigli at least one honoree in each of his four seasons at UND.
In three of the last four seasons, the unit ranked among the tops in the Big Sky in several categories, including 2016 when the scoring defense (1st; 22.0 ppg), rush defense (1st; 91.3 ypg) and total defense (2nd; 355.2 ypg) were all among the top two. The unit's rushing yards allowed during UND's Big Sky Championship run in 2016 was sixth best nationally and 43 yards better than the next closest Big Sky team. UND led the league in rushing defense from 2014-16.
Harris collected third-team accolades in 2016, while defensive ends Brandon Dranka and Drew Greely were named honorable mention.
In 2015, Dranka was named to the third team and junior Noah Johnson (DE) collected honorable mention accolades.
Under Gigli's watch in 2014, his unit boasted a pair of All-Big Sky honorable mention honorees in senior Spencer Cummings and Dranka.
Dranka led all defensive linemen with 25 tackles and 3.5 sacks, while his unit as a whole accounted for 12.5 sacks and 33.0 tackles for loss and helped the defense lead the Big Sky in total defense and rush defense.
Gigli (pronounced Gee-lee) remained in the Big Sky with his latest move, having spent the previous three seasons upon his arrival in Grand Forks working in a similar position at Sacramento State.
Prior to his stop in California's capital city, Gigli was a defensive and special teams quality control coach at Minnesota for four seasons (2007-10). His primary duties with the Gophers were coaching the defensive line along with the placekickers, punters and long snappers.
Gigli was an all-conference performer and team captain during his playing days at Trine University (2000-03) and holds a master's degree from Western Illinois where he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach (2004-05). His first full-time coaching job came at Wittenberg University (Ohio) during the 2006 season.
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