Jan. 16, 2010
BERKELEY - Jeff Genyk has been named the special teams coordinator/tight ends coach at the University of California, head coach Jeff Tedford announced Saturday. Genyk has 18 seasons of coaching experience on the collegiate level.
"We are excited about bringing in an experienced coach with Jeff's high level of expertise, energy and passion," said Tedford. "He is a versatile and well-rounded coach that has all the qualities we are looking for in members of our coaching staff."
"I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the Cal football family," said Genyk. "I will work relentlessly to do everything I can to help the program continue to be successful and reach an even higher level."
Genyk most recently served as the head coach at Eastern Michigan from 2004-08. He coached the Eagles to their best conference finish in seven years in 2004 with a third-place finish in the West Division of the Mid-American Athletic Conference. His 2006 squad ranked third nationally in punt return yardage defense and 15th in the nation the following season. Eastern Michigan also set three NCAA passing records as well as multiple MAC and school records during his tenure.
While at Eastern Michigan, Genyk coached three players (LB Daniel Holtzclaw, DE Jason Jones, PK Andrew Wellock) who earned All-American recognition. Jones was a second-round selection of the Tennessee Titans in the 2008 NFL Draft and has played 20 NFL games over the past two campaigns, while Wellock was a finalist for the 2004 Lou Groza Award given annually to the nation's top placekicker. He also coached OT T.J. Lang, who was selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and played in all 16 regular-season games for the Packers during the most recent NFL campaign.
Genyk spent 12 seasons at Northwestern (1992-2003) with responsibility for the special teams unit during each of his final eight campaigns with the Wildcats. He was also the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for five seasons (1999-2003) after having worked with the safeties in 1998 and the outside linebackers in 1997. During his first five campaigns, he was the school's Director of Football Operations (1994-96) and a defensive graduate assistant (1992-93).
Genyk was on the Northwestern football staff for three Big Ten championship teams and four postseason bowl appearances. The 1995, 1996 and 2000 teams all won Big Ten titles. The 1995 squad played in the Rose Bowl, the 1996 team was in the CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl and the 2000 club played in the Alamo Bowl. The 2003 squad participated in the Motor City Bowl.
In 2000, Genyk tutored Damien Anderson to a Northwestern school-record 2,063 rushing yards as the Wildcats' tailback earned All-American honors and finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Another one of his Northwestern pupils, Jason Wright, reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark in both 2002 and 2003.
Genyk began his coaching career as an assistant at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, where he worked with quarterbacks and tight ends from December 1990 through the spring of 1992. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, he was in private business from 1982-91. He also has recent experience as a television color analyst, serving in that position for ESPN Regional Television's coverage of Atlantic Coast Conference football during the 2009 campaign.
Genyk was a quarterback and punter at Bowling Green State from 1978-81 and graduated from the school with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1982. He also has two master's degrees with an MBA from Western Michigan in 1989 and a master's in education and social policy from Northwestern in 1994. A native of Milan, Mich., he was an all-state quarterback at Milan High School.