John Banaszak
Sport(s)Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1950-08-24) August 24, 1950 (age 69)
Cleveland, Ohio
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive end, defensive tackle
Head coaching record
Overall46–42 (football)
56–84 (baseball)
3–4 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
4 PAC (1999–2002)

John Arthur Banaszak (born August 24, 1950) is an American football coach and former player. He was formerly the head football coach at Robert Morris University. Banaszak played in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1975 to 1981. He is a three-time Super Bowl Champion. Banaszak was a starter at right defensive end for the Steelers in Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV. He later played in the United States Football League (USFL), winning a championship as a starting defensive end for the Michigan Panthers in 1983. Banazak played for Michigan in 1983 and 1984 and for the Memphis Showboats in 1985.

After his football career, owned a chain of oil change centers and worked for the Peters Township Recreation Department.[1] In 1995, Banaszak became defensive coordinator of Washington & Jefferson College football team.[1] He was promoted to head coach in 1999.[2] He was fired from W&J after publicly exploring other coaching jobs.[1] He left the college as the third-most winning coach in school history.[1]

Banaszak was an assistant football coach under Joe Walton at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.[3] He officially began his duties as head coach at Robert Morris in December 2013

Banaszak was hospitalized in Pittsburgh on April 23, 2009 in serious condition. It was first reported that he had suffered multiple aneurysms. That was later found to be incorrect and he may have suffered from an overdose of aspirin which was being taken for neck pain.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washington & Jefferson Presidents (Presidents' Athletic Conference) (1999–2002)
1999 Washington & Jefferson 9–3 1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
2000 Washington & Jefferson 9–2 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
2001 Washington & Jefferson 11–1 1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
2002 Washington & Jefferson 9–3 4–0 1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
Washington & Jefferson: 38–9
Robert Morris Colonials (Northeast Conference) (2014–2017)
2014 Robert Morris 1–10 1–5 T–6th
2015 Robert Morris 3–6 1–3 6th
2016 Robert Morris 2–9 1–5 T–5th
2017 Robert Morris 2–9 0–6 7th
Robert Morris: 8–34 3–19
Total: 46–42
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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