Warren Ruggiero begins his third season as Wake Forest’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after previously serving in the same role under head coach Dave Clawson at Bowling Green.
Under Ruggiero’s direction, the Wake Forest offense was the most improved in the nation in 2015, gaining 117 yards more total offense per game over 2014.
Ruggiero has been an offensive coordinator for 24 years at the college level at six different universities before Wake, and has tutored quarterbacks for 26 years at the college level. His offense has finished in the top 10 in the country in either total offense or scoring offense at all six stops. Ruggiero’s units have finished in the top six in the country in passing offense at the last four stops. He has coached an All-American QB at five of his last six coaching stops.
In 2013 Ruggiero’s BGSU offense finished fourth in the country in total offense (per possession), first in the nation in time of possession and first in the conference and 10th in the nation in passing efficiency behind a sophomore quarterback who was named the MVP of the conference championship game.
In 2009 Ruggiero’s offense finished sixth in the country in passing while QB Tyler Sheehan (Houston Texans) threw for over 4,000 yards and receiver Freddie Barnes (Chicago Bears) broke the all-time NCAA record with 155 catches in one season.
Before Bowling Green, Ruggiero was the quarterback coach at Kansas State and coached Josh Freeman to a first round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. He also mentored Collin Klein who went on to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
Ruggiero spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as the offensive coordinator at Elon University, where he rebuilt an offense that was 108th in the country prior to his arrival and within two years finished ninth in the nation in scoring offense and second nationally in passing offense. There he worked with quarterback Scott Riddle, a first team All-American and the Southern Conference’s Freshman of the Year in 2007, who went on to play in the Canadian Football League.
As a true freshman Riddle broke 27 school records en route to being named College Sporting News National Freshman of the Year and leading the country in total passing yards, passing yards and completions per game.
Prior to Elon, Ruggiero spent six years at Hofstra including the final four years as offensive coordinator. His offense finished 10th in the country in scoring offense and finished third and fourth in the country in passing offense in his final two consecutive years. He mentored Anton Clarkson (NY Giants) to All-CAA honors and Rocky Butler (Saskatchewan Roughriders) to All-America status.
Butler earned First-Team All-American honors and was the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award for top I-AA player behind Brian Westbrook in 2001. That season Butler was third in the country in total offense and second in passing efficiency.
While still at Hofstra he recruited and coached future New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, who was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2006.
In 1999, Ruggiero coached the tight ends at William & Mary where both of his TE’s went on to the NFL. Prior to that Ruggiero was the head coach at Glenville State in West Virginia. At Glenville, he led the Pioneers to their only NCAA Division II playoff appearance ever and won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 1997. There they finished second in the country in total offense and first nationally in passing offense.
Ruggiero was also the OC at Clarion University for three years and finished first in the country in scoring offense. He started his career as the offensive coordinator at Defiance College for five years where the team finished fourth nationally in scoring offense.
Ruggiero is a 1988 graduate of the University of Delaware where he played quarterback and served as a graduate assistant while earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physical education.
Ruggiero and his wife, Jennifer, have one daughter, Emma.