Huskers hire offensive coordinator, offensive line coach

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 10:11 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Huskers Head Coach Scott Frost has filled two more coaching staff positions: Mark Whipple is the new offensive coordinator, and Donovan Raiola will be the offensive line coach.

Whipple has been at for more than four decades with experience in both college and the NFL. Most recently he helped University of Pittsburg quarterback Kenny Pickett become a Heisman Trophy finalist. The Pitt Panthers also won the ACC Championship on Saturday.

Frost said he needed someone he could trust, and Whipple fits that goal given what he has accomplished: Mark was on the Pittsburgh Steelers staff when Ben Roethlisberger won his first Super Bowl.

Raiola also has NFL experience: He spent the past four years in Chicago with the Bears as an assistant offensive line coach. The brother of Husker great Dominic Raiola, Donovan also has Big Ten roots: He played at Wisconsin. His nephew is also a quarterback the Huskers are recruiting. In addition to playing years in the NFL, mostly on practice squads, Donovan spent a season in Omaha playing for the Nighthawks in the United Football League.

There is one spot on staff left to fill; the Huskers are still without a coach for the running backs. It appears the plan does not include a special teams coordinator, but with the hiring of Whipple Frost, it’s possible to move his focus from the offense to special teams.

Mickey Joseph was hired as receivers coach last week.

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