Mark Stoops has been filling his coaching and administrative staff over the last couple of weeks, including the wide receiver and cornerback coaching positions.
FootballScoop.com is reporting that Kentucky has filled the job of Director of Football Operations.
Kentucky: Sources tell us Youngstown State linebackers coach Frank Buffano will join Mark Stoops staff as director of football operations.
Don’t hold your breath for any reports of the two coaching positions being filled anytime soon as Neal Brown said this today when asked about the open positions.
“That’s kind of a work in progress. Coach Stoops put together a great staff so far. I think we need two guys to hire still and it’s really going to be a work in progress. I think we’re going to interview some guys down at the national convention whenever that is. I don’t even know. I’ve been going a hundred miles per hour.”
Frank J. Buffano, a Youngstown native, is in his third season with the Youngstown State football program as the an assistant coach for Eric Wolford. Buffano coaches the Penguins’ inside linebackers.
In 2011, freshman middle linebacker Teven Williams was named honorable-mention All-MVFC and was named to the all-newcomer squad. Williams led the team with 67 total stops, including 38 solos. The Penguins went 6-5 in the 2011 season, including a win over top-ranked North Dakota State in November. At the three linebacker positions, YSU started three freshmen most of the season. Of 33 possible starts, 29 were by freshman and one was by a sophomore during the year. Williams and Travis Williams were both named to the conference’s all-newcomer squad.
In 2010, Buffano coached YSU’s secondary. He had a second-team all-league selection in cornerback Brandian Ross. Ross signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in July and was signed to the practice squad before the regular season after a solid preseason. Another highlight on the season was an 87-yard interception return by safety Will Shaw. It was the fourth-longest in school history. During the campaign, YSU started two true freshmen and one sophomore for the majority of the year.
Prior to joining the YSU staff, he spent five seasons at Arizona in various capacities for Head Coach Mike Stoops helping turn the UA program around.
In his last two seasons with the Wildcats, Buffano served as a defensive graduate assistant working under coordinator Mark Stoops. Buffano’s primary duties were working with the defensive backs. He coached the offensive scout team, broke down game film, and helped develop weekly game plans. He also had the duty of evaluating film of prospective student-athletes.
In 2009, Arizona posted an 8-5 overall mark tying for second in the Pac-10 Conference. In 2008, UA reached its first bowl game in nine seasons and finished the campaign with an 8-5 mark as well. The Wildcats played in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl in 2009 and the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl in 2008.
Prior to being elevated to the defensive graduate assistant position, Buffano worked for three years as a video graduate assistant in the operations side of the Wildcat program.
As a video assistant he helped break down opponents’ video while working with the coaching staff on the weekly game plan. His early work at UA involved helping full-time staff coordinate the coaches clinic, football camps and team travel.
The Cardinal Mooney graduate began his coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant coach for the legendary Don Bucci from 1990 through 1996. He worked with the running backs and defensive backs for the Cardinals. The program reached the state semifinals in 1990 and 1996. As a player, he was part of the Mooney squad that won the Division III State Championship in 1987.
Buffano earned his bachelor’s degree in geography and regional development from Arizona in December 2006. He attended YSU in the early 1990s and was in private business in Ohio and Florida before joining the UA program in 2004.
Frank and his wife, Kelley, have two daughters, Isabella and Gabriella.