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Mike Silianoff, a former teammate of head coach Jerry Schmitt at Westminster College, is in his 12th season as assistant head coach/offensive line coach.
Over the past four seasons, Silianoff has seen five of his pupils earn All-Northeast Conference honors a total of eight times: Dan Buchholz (2015), Larson Graham (2014, 2015, 2016), Ben Huss (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Matt Fitzpatrick (2016, 2017) and Alex Conley (2017).
Buchholz (Chicago Bears) and Graham (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) both earned invitations to NFL rookie camps while Huss earned All-America honors from the Associated Press, STATS FCS
Silianoff, who has extensive high school coaching experience in western Pennsylvania, came to Duquesne after serving as head coach at Baldwin High School for four seasons. He served as an assistant head coach at Baldwin from 1990-02 prior to accepting the head coach position. Silianoff has been a secondary mathematics teacher at Baldwin since 1990.
A 1978 graduate of Gateway High School, Silianoff began his coaching career at Norwin High School where he held a number of assistant coaching positions - including assistant head coach - from 1984-89.
Silianoff, a 1987 inductee
Silianoff and his wife Janice have a son, Michael, who is a junior offensive lineman at West Mifflin High School.