|Gino Guidugli. FTM file.|
Guidugli, a former Highlands High School and University of Cincinnati quarterback, will also serve as CMU quarterbacks coach while stepping away from his running backs coach duties.
The news was first reported Wednesday afternoon by Chris Vannini, the managing editor of coachingsearch.com.
Guidugli, now 33 years old, played at Cincinnati from 2001 through ’04 and when he left he held Bearcat records for pass attempts (1,556), completions (880), passing yards (11,453), touchdown passes (78), and total offense (11,661).
After a professional football career in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League, Guidugli joined former Chippewas head coach Dan Enos’ staff from 2009 through 2011 as a graduate assistant.
Guidugli returned for his second stint at CMU in 2013 as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, the jobs he held through this season.
It was rumored since not long after Watts became offensive coordinator in 2015 in addition to his quarterbacks coach role that he would retire after seeing Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush through to graduation. Additionally, Guidugli was expected to be the replacement if and went that occurred.
Watts’ retirement announcement was made official during the Miami Beach Bowl, which would end a coaching career that began in 1961.
The Chippewas lost the Miami Beach Bowl 55-10 to Tulsa and completed the season with a 6-7 record, their first losing mark since 2011.
Central Michigan completed the season eighth in the Mid-American Conference in scoring offense (26.3), eighth in total offense (392 yards per game), third in passing offense (275.5) and dead last in rushing offense (116.5). It is the second consecutive year CMU has finished last in the conference in rushing offense.
It is not known what schemes and formations Guidugli will employ as Central Michigan offensive coordinator, although he played in a pro style scheme at Cincinnati and has coached in pro-style systems with the Chippewas.