Four-year Blue Hen standout and 1999 team captain Brian Ginn begins his 14th season with the Delaware staff in 2013 and his fifth as wide receivers coach.
Ginn, 35, whose tenure as assistant coach is the longest on the current Blue Hen staff, has served in a variety of roles on the UD staff since his graduation in 2000.
He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2008 season when he took over after Kirk Ciarrocca, who had served in that role the previous six seasons before moving to Rutgers. Ciarrocca returned to the UD staff for one season in 2012 as running backs coach before taking the offensive coordinator position at Western Michigan following the 2012 season. Ginn returned to coaching the Blue Hen wide receivers in 2009, a position he held in 2006 and 2007.
During his 19 seasons affiliated with the Delaware football program as a player and coach, Ginn has been a part of teams that have posted 15 winning seasons, captured five conference titles, been named Lambert Cup champions six times, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in eight seasons. He played a big part in helping Delaware win the NCAA national title in 2003 and make title game appearances in 2007 and 2010 for then head coach K.C. Keeler.
In 2010, his work with the receiving corps and All-American quarterback Pat Devlin helped Delaware post a 12-3 record, share the Colonial Athletic Association title, and advance to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game. The Hens ranked second in the CAA in scoring offense (27.9) and total offense (401.8), and third in passing offense (217.4). Five Delaware receivers caught at least 30 passes on the season.
After serving as running backs coach for four seasons, he took over responsibilities as receivers coach in 2006 and 2007 and was instrumental in Delaware advancing to the NCAA title game in 2007 with a record of 11-4. The Hens also were named the ECAC Team of the Year and Lambert Cup Trophy champions.
In 2007, Delaware led the CAA and ranked No. 11 nationally in passing offense at 289.5 yards per game. Aaron Love earned All-American honors in 2007 when he caught 73 passes for 1,009 yards and became Delaware's all-time leading pass reception leader during the 2008 season.
While running backs coach, Ginn was instrumental in the development of running back Germaine Bennett and Antawn Jenkins, the duo that helped lead Delaware to the 2003 NCAA I-AA national title. Bennett set a school single-season record with 1,625 yards and earned first team College Sports Television All-American honors in 2003 while Jenkins surpassed 2,000 yards for his career. Delaware ranked 20th in NCAA I-AA in rushing offense (207.63) and scored 43 touchdowns on the ground in the single-back offense.
In 2005, he coached third team All-American Omar Cuff, who ranked second in the Atlantic 10 and 20th in the NCAA I-AA with 109.5 yards per game. As a team, the Hens ranked third in the Atlantic 10 with 195.0 rushing yards per game.
In 2006, Delaware's offense also flourished, ranking in the top five in the conference and among the NCAA I-AA leaders in passing offense (253.0/2nd in Atlantic 10 Conference/9th in NCAA), total offense (356.6/5th/30th), and scoring offense (26.3/4th/30th).
During the 2001 season, he coached the Delaware receivers and tight ends, including All-Atlantic 10 spread end and former New England Patriot Jamin Elliott, a sixth round NFL draft pick of the Chicago Bears.
A four-year standout quarterback for the Blue Hens, Ginn earned his degree in consumer economics from Delaware in May, 2000.
A native of Yorktown, Va., Ginn was a key member of Blue Hen teams that posted a four-year record of 34-14 and advanced to the NCAA I-AA playoffs. The 1997 squad advanced to the I-AA semifinals.
After serving as a backup to All-East quarterback Leo Hamlett in 1996, Ginn took over the starting quarterback spot as a sophomore and led the Blue Hens to the 1997 NCAA I-AA semifinals. He threw for 1,681 yards and 14 touchdowns and ranked 10th nationally in passing rating for the season.
He split time with All-American Matt Nagy as a junior in 1998 before suffering a season-ending broken leg in the third game of the season.
As a senior captain in 1999, Ginn began the season as No. 2 behind Nagy but took over late in the season when Nagy was injured and threw for 997 yards and six touchdowns. He threw for a career-high 308 yards and three touchdowns in the season-ending loss to Villanova. For his efforts, he was named the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Outstanding Senior Offensive Player of the Year. For his career, Ginn threw for 2,839 yards and 22 touchdowns with just seven interceptions.
He resides in Newark with his wife, Rachele, and their twin daughters, Addison and Riley. The couple welcomed a son, Brayden, in May, 2012.
Born: April 6, 1977
College: Bachelor of Science, Consumer Economics, University of Delaware, 2000
College Coaching Career:
2001: Receivers, University of Delaware
2002-2005: Running Backs, University of Delaware
2006-2007: Receivers, University of Delaware
2008: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, University of Delaware
2009-12: Passing Game Coordinator/Receivers, University of Delaware
2013: Receivers, University of Delaware
Family: Wife, Rachele; twin daughters, Addison and Riley; son, Brayden
Recruiting Areas: Virginia; Eastern Pennsylvania (Montgomery, Delaware, Chester counties)