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Jack Bicknell Jr. biography

Date of birth : 1963-02-07
Date of death : -
Birthplace : North Plainfield, New Jersey
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-10-04
Credited as : Football coach NFL, Assistant Offensive Line Coachnt Offensive Line Coach for the Giants, Super Bowl/Pro Bowl

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Jack Bicknell, Jr. is an American football coach, currently serving as the assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was the head coach of Louisiana Tech from 1999-2006. He then served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach for Boston College for two seasons, before becoming the assistant offensive line coach for the Giants in January 2008. Bicknell is the son of former Boston College head coach Jack Bicknell and the brother of Bob Bicknell, the tight ends coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Jack Bicknell, Jr. is in his second season as the Giants' assistant offensive line coach. He works with Pat Flaherty in leading the continued development of the offensive line.

In Bicknell's first season with the Giants, three members of the line played in the Pro Bowl - center Shaun O'Hara, guard Chris Snee and tackle David Diehl. It was the first time since 1962 that three Giants from the same position group were selected to the Pro Bowl together. In addition, rookie Will Beatty started four games and showed off the skill that prompted the Giants to select him on the second round of the draft.

Bicknell joined the Giants after two seasons as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach at Boston College. In 2008, the line coached by Bicknell helped Boston College finish fifth in the ACC in both scoring (24.7 points a game) and in rushing (143.3 yards per game) and third in sacks allowed (21 in 14 games).

In 2007, Bicknell helped mold a young offensive line that protected ACC Player of the Year Matt Ryan - now the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback - and helped the Eagles generate nearly 6,000 yards of total offense. The Eagles allowed only 22 sacks in 14 games. Bicknell helped develop Gosder Cherilus, whom the Detroit Lions selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. B.C. finished the season ranked 10th in the nation, the team's best final poll finish since 1984, when Bicknell was the Eagles' center.

Prior to his two-year stay at B.C., Bicknell spent eight seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech, where his 43 victories are the third-most in school history.
During Bicknell's stint, Louisiana Tech routinely played one of the nation's toughest schedules. The Bulldogs faced Florida State, Penn State, Miami, Tennessee, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Clemson and Auburn. Under his leadership, Tech defeated national powers Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma State and 22 of his players were either drafted by or signed free agent contracts with NFL teams.

Bicknell, who was one of the youngest Division I-A head coaches when he started, led the 1999 Bulldogs to an 8-3 record, the school's first AP Top 25 ranking and a 29-28 upset win over eventual SEC champion Alabama. In 2001, Louisiana Tech won the Western Athletic Conference championship during its first year of membership, earning Bicknell conference Coach of the Year honors. Louisiana Tech went on to play Clemson in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl, the program's first postseason appearance since 1990.

Bicknell began his coaching career at Boston College in 1985 as a graduate assistant. In 1987, he went to the University of New Hampshire as the defensive line coach and took over the offensive line in 1993. During his time at UNH, the Wildcats won the Yankee Conference in 1991 and 1994 and were the New England Division champions in 1996. He was the offensive line coach at Louisiana Tech in 1997-98 before becoming the head coach. After leaving Louisiana Tech in 2007, Bicknell accepted the offensive line job at Texas Tech, but later opted to return to his alma mater.

Bicknell's father, Jack, served as the head coach of the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe and was the head coach at BC from 1981-90, finishing with a record of 59-55-1.

Bicknell played at Boston College from 1981-85, which coincided with Coughlin's tenure as an assistant coach there (81-83). He played in the Cotton and Tangerine Bowls and in 1984 started one of the most famous plays in college football history when he snapped the ball to Doug Flutie, who threw the Hail Mary pass to Gerard Phelan that defeated Miami in the Orange Bowl. As a senior at B.C., he received the Scanlon Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a BC football player, the Scarminach Award for athletic and academic excellence and the Dean's Award in the school of education. Bicknell received both his bachelor's (1985) and master's (1987) degrees from Boston College. He and his wife Helen have three children: John, Katelyn and Alyse.

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