Jeff Genyk is returning to Northwestern as the program’s special teams coordinator.
This will be Genyk’s third time around as a Northwestern coach.
The Wildcats have a familiar face returning to Evanston.
After a two-season stint at Vanderbilt, Jeff Genyk will be returning to Evanston to coach Northwestern’s special teams unit, the University announced Friday via a press release.
The veteran coach was rumored to return to Northwestern following his split with Vanderbilt, as the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein noted in a piece this morning.
Genyk is certainly familiar with the Wildcats, as he recently coached special teams and was a game management and offensive consultant during their 2015 season before moving on to the Commodores.
Prior to that one-year spell, Genyk served in a variety of coaching capacities for Northwestern between 1992-2003. Starting as a defensive graduate assistant for three seasons between 1992-1994, he later assumed the roles of recruiting coordinator, running backs coach, and special teams coordinator between 1993-2003. He was also at the helm of the team’s linebackers from 1997-1998.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Genyk back to our Northwestern football family,” said head coach Pat Fitzgerald of the hiring. “Jeff is a tremendous football coach, but more importantly an outstanding leader who will make our young men better, both on and off the field. I was fortunate to learn from him first hand as a player and know his expertise will play a pivotal role as we continue to build towards a Big Ten championship.”
The 57-year-old has traversed the college football world, as he has served as a coach in a myriad of conferences, including the Big 10, MAC, MWC, Pac-12, and SEC. Past destinations include being the head coach of Eastern Michigan (2004-2008), and special teams coordinator and tight ends coach of California (2010-2012) and Wisconsin (2013-2014). Genyk coached running backs and special teams for Nevada during their 2013 season.
Genyk has taken his various teams to nine bowl games throughout his over 25-year career, including two Rose Bowls. Five of those nine have come as a coach at Northwestern.
The team also announced a trio of minor restructuring moves to their coaching staff.
Longtime assistant coach Matt MacPherson has been promoted to associate head coach. MacPherson will also relinquish his offseason title of special teams coordinator to Genyk and continue to coach cornerbacks.
Also, Tim McGarigle, who was recently announced as the team’s new safeties coach will now serve as linebackers coach.
More to come.