Jeff Genyk is in his second season at Wisconsin, coaching the Badgers' tight ends and serving as special teams coordinator.
Offensively, Genyk helped contribute to a record-setting season for the Badgers. UW set a school record by averaging 480.8 total yards per game and finished with the third-highest scoring output in school history at 34.8 points per game. Wisconsin was one of just four FBS teams to pile up 3,500 rushing yards and 2,500 passing yards in 2013, joining Oregon, Northern Illinois and Ohio State.
|Genyk at a Glance
|Michigan, N. Ohio, Missouri, Chicago
|Bowling Green, 1982
| Grand Rapids Community College quarterbacks/tight ends coach (1990-91)
Northwestern graduate assistant (1992-93)
Northwestern director of football operations (1994-95)
Northwestern linebackers and safeties coach/special teams coordinator (1996-98)
Northwestern running backs coach/special teams coordinator (1999-2003)
Eastern Michigan head coach (2004-08)
California tight ends coach/special teams coordinator (2010-12)
Wisconsin tight ends coach/special teams coordinator (2013-present)
| 1995 Rose
2003 Motor City
2014 Capital One
The Badgers' efficient offense averaged 6.85 yards per play, the ninth-best average by an FBS team, and saw UW tally 15 offensive plays of 50-plus yards, the third-highest total in the nation.
Genyk's tutelage in 2013 helped senior tight end Jacob Pedersen amass career highs in receptions (39) and receiving yards (541) on his way to averaging 14.1 yards per receptions and being the Badgers' second-leading receiver. Pedersen finished his career with 17 touchdown catches, the most by a Big Ten tight end since 1996 and the most by a tight end in school history.
At 13.4 yards per reception for his career, Pedersen finished the season ranked in a tie for second among all active FBS tight ends for the best per-catch average in the country.
Pedersen was one of two tight ends to earn NFL invitations after working with Genyk. Both Pedersen and fellow senior Brian Wozniak signed as undrafted free agents with the Atlanta Falcons in May of 2014.
On special teams, Wisconsin boasted one of the nation's best coverage units in 2013. The Badgers were one of just three teams from the Power 5 conferences to not allow a punt return touchdown, a punt return of 20-plus yards, a kickoff return touchdown or a kickoff return of 50-plus yards on the season. UW limited opponents to an average of just 19.3 yards per kickoff return, ranking 24th nationally.
Junior WR Kenzel Doe tied for the best mark in the Big Ten and ranked 17th nationally, averaging 26.5 yards per kickoff return.
Wisconsin was 19th in the country in punt returns allowed with just 13, or an average of 1.0 per game. Of sophomore punter Drew Meyer's 53 punts, only 13 (24.5 percent) were returned, and opponents had just 94 total punt return yards all season against the Badgers.
Genyk, a former head coach at Eastern Michigan, spent the previous three seasons coaching at California from 2010-12 before joining the staff at UW.
During his time at Cal, Genyk served as the Bears' special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. He led a dramatic improvement in the Cal special teams units, including back-to-back first-team All-Pac 12 selections at kicker and punter.
Before going to Cal, Genyk 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 showing in the West Division of the MAC. His 2006 squad ranked third nationally in punt return yardage defense (3.1 ypr.) and 15th in the nation (5.7 ypr.) 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 he coached three players (LB Daniel Holtzclaw, DE Jason Jones, PK Andrew Wellock) who earned All-American recognition. Jones was a second-round selection of Tennessee in the 2008 NFL Draft who played 49 NFL games with 31 starts over four seasons with the Green Bay Packers (2008-11) before signing with his current team Seattle. 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 over the last three-plus campaigns has played in 56 regular-season games and six post-season contests for the Packers, including Super Bowl XLV won by Green Bay. In 2011, Lang was the Packers' recipient of the NFL's Ed Block Courage Award given to one player on each of the league's 32 teams to a player who exemplifies commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.
After his tenure at Eastern Michigan, Genyk spent one season at ESPN, serving as a color analyst for ACC games on ESPN Regional Television.
Genyk previously spent 12 seasons at Northwestern (1994-2003), with responsibility for the special teams unit during each of his final five 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 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 Florida Citrus Bowl and the 2000 club played in the Alamo Bowl. The 2003 squad participated in the Motor City Bowl.
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 worked in private business from 1982-91.
A native of Milan, Michigan, Genyk was an all-state quarterback at Milan High School before moving on to Bowling Green State, where he played quarterback and also served as the punter.The Genyk File
Hometown: Milan, Mich.
College: Bachelor's, Business Administration, Bowling Green State. MBA, Western Michigan, 1989. Master's, Education, Northwestern, 1994.
Children: Jake and McKenna
2013-Present: Wisconsin (Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends)
2010-12: California (Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends)
2003-08: Eastern Michigan (Head Coach)
1999-02: Northwestern (Special Teams/Running Backs)
1996-98: Northwestern (Special Teams/Linebackers and Safeties)
1994-95: Northwestern (Director of Football Operations)
1992-93: Northwestern (Graduate Assistant)
1990-91: Grand Rapids Community College (Quarterbacks/Tight Ends)
Bowling Green State: Quarterback and Punter (1978-81)