Jeff Genyk
Sport(s)American football
Current position
TitleSpecial teams coordinator
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1960-08-22) August 22, 1960 (age 60)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Playing career
Head coaching record

Jeff Genyk (born August 22, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the special teams coordinator for Northwestern. Genyk served as the head football coach at Eastern Michigan University from 2004 to 2008, compiling a record of 16–42 in five seasons. He was a television analyst for Atlantic Coast Conference football for ESPN during the 2009 season.

Early career

Genyk was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was raised in nearby Milan, Michigan. Jeff's father George Genyk played college football for the University of Michigan Wolverines, and served as a captain on the 1959 team. George was drafted by the New York Titans in the first tier of the 1960 American Football League draft.

Genyk graduated from Milan High School and went on to attend Bowling Green State University where he started at quarterback for the Falcons football team. He graduated in 1982 with a degree in Business Administration. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in 1989, and a master's in education from Northwestern University in 1994. During the interim, Genyk served as an assistant football coach at Grand Rapids Community College from 1990 to 1992. From 1994 to 2003, Genyk served as an assistant coach at Northwestern, at different times coaching linebackers, running backs, and the secondary. From 1998 to 2003 he served as special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. During his time at Northwestern, the Wildcats won three Big Ten Conference titles and participated in four bowl games.

Eastern Michigan

Genyk was hired by Eastern Michigan as head coach in December 2003 after 12 years as an assistant at Northwestern.

In 2004, the EMU team went 4–4 in the Mid-American Conference, and posted high offensive numbers. In 2007, the Eagles finished third in the MAC West, their highest showing since 1997. This included wins over Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University, giving EMU the Michigan MAC Trophy.

After tallying a 3–9 record during the 2008 campaign and going 16–42 overall during his five years at the helm, Genyk was fired in November. He coached the season's final game against Central Michigan, a 56–52 upset in front of a home crowd in Ypsilanti.

After Eastern Michigan

During the 2009 season, Genyk served as a color commentator for ACC games on ESPN.[1]

From 2010 to 2012, Genyk served as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at the University of California under head coach Jeff Tedford.

On January 23, 2013, Genyk was announced as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at the University of Nevada, Reno under new head coach Brian Polian.[2] Genyk served at Nevada for a little over a month before departing for the University of Wisconsin to serve as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach under head coach Gary Andersen.[3][4]

For the 2015 season, Genyk rekindled a working relationship with Northwestern University, serving as a quality control coach and consulting head coach Pat Fitzgerald on special teams, offense and game management.[5]

On January 21, 2016, Genyk was announced as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Vanderbilt University under head coach Derek Mason.[6] After two sub-.500 seasons, the Vanderbilt parted ways with Genyk.[7]

On February 9, 2018, it was announced that Genyk would again be rejoining the Northwestern coaching staff, this time as their special teams coordinator.[8]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference) (2004–2008)
2004 Eastern Michigan 4–7 4–4 4th (West)
2005 Eastern Michigan 4–7 3–5 6th (West)
2006 Eastern Michigan 1–11 1–7 6th (West)
2007 Eastern Michigan 4–8 3–4 T–3rd (West)
2008 Eastern Michigan 3–9 2–6 6th (West)
Eastern Michigan: 16–42 13–26
Total: 16–42
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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