Frank Scelfo enters his second season on the Arizona staff in 2011 and brings a veteran's touch to the foremost offensive position.
He was named to Mike Stoops' staff in early February 2010 and helped UA's production from the position reach three players deep in his first season.
His work with then juniors Nick Foles, Matt Scott and Bryson Beirne gave Arizona one of the best QB situations in the league. Foles threw for 3,191 yards, Scott engineered two victories as the starter with some outstanding play at mid-year and Beirne appeared in three games with eyepopping 221.4 pass efficiency.
The 2010 Wildcats ended up averaging 307 passing yards per game, one yard shy of the school single-season best, plus checked in with a combined 68 percent completion rate and 25 scoring throws.
Scelfo spent the previous three seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Louisiana Tech from 2007-09, and was Tulane's offensive coordinator for eight years preceding his tenure at Louisiana Tech. He coached tight ends and was recruiting coordinator for the Green Wave for the three years before that.
Prior to his college mentoring he was a noted prep coach in Louisiana and Texas for 14 years including a final year at Houston North Shore in 1995.
His coaching background has emphasized wide-open aerial assaults such as the decade spanning the late 1990s and early 2000s at Tulane, including an undefeated year, Conference USA title and Liberty Bowl championship in 1998.
In 2008 at Louisiana Tech, Scelfo directed a Bulldogs offense that helped take the program to the Independence Bowl championship, its first bowl victory in three decades. The team was 27th nationally in rushing, with Daniel Porter leading the way with 1,164 yards. The Bulldogs has six games of 30 or more points and Scelfo mentored a sophomore quarterback, Ross Jenkins, a first-time starter.
Porter became Louisiana Tech's all-time rusher with 3,352 yards.
Scelfo spent 11 seasons at Tulane, helping the Green Wave record five seasons ranked in the national Top 30 in passing, including a No. 3 rating in 2000, when Tulane posted a seventh-rated total offense figure of 450 yards per game.
He mentored four NFL signal callers in Patrick Ramsey (Denver Broncos), J.P. Losman (Buffalo Bills), Lester Ricard (Jacksonville Jaguars), and Shaun King (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Each one of the four finished their careers ranked in the top five in Tulane history in career passing.
The Louisiana native produced Tulane's all-time passing leader (Ramsey), all-time rushing and all-purpose yardage leader (Mewelde Moore), all-time touchdown receptions leader (Roydell Williams) and all-time scoring leader (Seth Marler).
Moore also became only the second player in NCAA history to rush for more than 4,000 yards and receive for more than 2,000 yards during his time under Scelfo.
A total of eight Tulane offensive players were selected in the NFL Draft during Scelfo's tenure.
Scelfo earned his bachelor's degree and master's from Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He played baseball for the Indians and was named NLU's 1981 Athlete of the Year his senior season.
Scelfo is married to Holly Kingery, and the couple has two sons, Anthony and Jordan. Anthony was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.
The Scelfo File Birthdate: Feb. 9, 1959, Abbeville, La. Hometown: Abbeville, La. High School: New Iberia, La. College: Louisiana-Monroe, 1981 Master's, UL-Monroe, 1983 Playing Experience: Baseball, Louisiana-Monroe 1977-81 Recruiting Areas: Houston, Central California Family: Wife, the former Holly Kingery; sons Anthony and Jordan
Coaching Chronology 1982-83 Head coach/AD Prairie View (La.) HS 1984 Secondary coach Jesuit (La.) HS 1985-86 Head coach/AD River Oaks (La.) HS 1987 Secondary coach Vidor (Texas) HS 1988 OC/QBs Orangefield (Texas) HS 1989-91 OC/QBs Chapel Hill (Texas) HS 1992-94 OC/QB/WR Kilgore (Texas) HS 1995 Secondary coach North Shore (Texas) HS 1996-1998 TEs/Recruit Coor. Tulane 1999-2006 OC/QBs Tulane 2007-2009 OC/QBs Louisiana Tech 2010 QBs Arizona 2011 QBs Arizona
Frank Scelfo in Bowl Games 2010 Alamo Bowl, Arizona assistant 2008 Independence Bowl, Louisiana Tech coordinator 2002 Hawai'I Bowl, Tulane coordinator 1998 Liberty Bowl, Tulane assistant