American Football Database
American Football Database
Jon Tenuta
Current position
TitleSafeties coach
ConferenceThe American
Biographical details
Born (1957-02-25) February 25, 1957 (age 64)
Columbus, Ohio
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive Back

Jon Tenuta (born February 25, 1957) is a football coach who was previously the defensive coordinator for the Virginia Cavaliers. He attended Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, OH. In his senior season, Upper Arlington played in the state championship game and lost to Warren Harding.[citation needed] He finished his college playing career at University of Virginia. High School nickname was "Punchy," after the Hawaiian Punch character.

On January 31, 2008, Tenuta was named assistant head coach/defense at the University of Notre Dame succeeding Bill Lewis. Tenuta coached the linebackers and ran the defense for three seasons with the Irish. He was hired by Charlie Weis after having worked at Georgia Tech since 2002.[1]

Tenuta is the former associate head coach and defensive coordinator of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. In the wake of the November 26, 2007 firing of Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey, Tenuta was named Interim Head Coach, but was not retained by incoming head coach Paul Johnson. He also coached the Yellow Jackets' defensive backs[2] and was one of the highest paid coordinators in college football. Tenuta's position at Notre Dame ended following the firing of Weis after the 2009 season ended. Incoming Head Coach Brian Kelly chose not to retain Tenuta and replaced him with his then– Cincinnati defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.

January 11, 2017, he was named defensive back coach for University of Cincinnati, under head coach Luke Fickell.

University of Illinois

On January 3, 2012 it was announced that Tenuta was hired as assistant coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign by new head coach Tim Beckman, however Tenuta announced on January 4, 2012 that he would remain at NC State.[3]

University of Virginia

On January 3, 2013, it was announced that Tenuta and former North Carolina State head coach Tom O'Brien would be joining the coaching staff at the University of Virginia. Tenuta served as the defensive coordinator for the Cavaliers until 2015.[4]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2007)
2007 Georgia Tech 0–1[n 1] 0–0 L Humanitarian Bowl
Georgia Tech: 0–1 0–0
Total: 0–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.



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