Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame: Michael A. Sirianni

Michael A. Sirianni
Michael A. Sirianni

Following one’s father into his profession is one thing. Following one’s father into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is quite another. Micheal A. Sirianni joins his father, Fran, in the Hall of Honor as aninductee of the CSHOF’s Class of 2021.

Born in 1972, Mike Sirianni attended Southwestern Central School where his dad was a successful and well-respected coach. The Fran Sirianni Athletic Complex was dedicated at the Hunt Road school in 2015.

Mike Sirianni earned 4 varsity letters in track and field, 3 letters in basketball and 2 letters in football as a Trojan.

Following his 1990 graduation from SWCS, he enrolled at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He was a 3-year starter at wide-receiver for the Purple Raiders including being a member of the 1993 NCAA Division III National Championship squad led by legendary MUC coach Larry Kehres. Sirianni was a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference All-Star player.

He also was a four-year member of the Mount Union track and field teams, both outdoors and indoors. He was a four-time Ohio Athletic Conference Triple Jump Champion as he won that event in ‘93 and ‘94,
both outdoors and indoors.

After graduating from Mount Union in 1994, he went to Ithaca College to earn a Master’s Degree. At Ithaca, Mike had his first taste of being a coach, like his father, when he served as a graduate assistant in the Bombers’ football program.

He next returned to Mount Union as an assistant to his former coach, Kehres, in 1996 and 1997. The Purple Raiders were NCAA Division 3 National Champions both years.

Sirianni then moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he served as offensive coordination at Wilkes University in 1998.
Washington & Jefferson College then offered the offense coordinator and quarterbacks coach position to Mike. He worked in the role for the Presidents from 1999-2002.

When W&J head football coach, John Banaszak, left after the 1992 season, Sirianni was hired to replace the former Pittsburgh Steeler great beginning in the 1993 season – he’s still there. His record in 17 years is 156-36. His spectacular 81% winning percentage ranks fifth among all active NCAA football coaches with at least 10 years of experience.

His teams have won 9 Presidents Athletic Conference titles and he has been named PAC Coach of the Year 7 times. In 2012, selected Mike as South Coach of the Year and in 2017 the American Football Coaches Association named him Region 2 Coach of the Year.

Not only did Mike follow his father Fran into coaching, so did his two younger brothers. Jay Sirianni won New York State Class C Football Championships for his alma mater Southwestern in 2008 and 2009. Nick Sirianni has been a coach in the National Football League since 2009. He was with the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts before taking his present position as the head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021.

Michael A. Sirianni and his family reside in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.