John  Jancek

John Jancek

Defensive Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Grand Valley State `91


Hometown: Muskegeon, Mich.
Education: Grand Valley State, 1991
Family: Wife Kelly; Children: Zac, Brock, Jack, and Brady


» 2013-present: Tennessee, defensive coordinator
» 2010-12: Cincinnati, defensive coordinator, linebackers
» 2009: Georgia, co-defensive coordinator, linebackers
» 2005-08: Georgia, linebackers
» 2004: Central Michigan, defensive coordinator, defensive line
» 2003: Central Michigan, defensive line
» 1999-2002: Grand Valley State, defensive coordinator, linebackers
» 1996-98: Hillsdale (Mich.), defensive coordinator
» 1996: Central Florida, defensive tackles
» 1992-94: Wayne State, defensive coordinator
» 1991: Grand Valley State, GA

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  • Coached in eight bowl games including 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl Championship with Vols while helping teams to five conference championships and one national championship
  • Coached 2014 All-SEC selections Derek Barnett and Curt Maggitt; Barnett was a consensus Freshman All-American
  • Barnett set Tennessee records for sacks (10) and tackles for a loss (20.5) by a freshman, both marks ranked in Top 10 in nation among all players
  • Guided Vols to dramatic improvement on defense shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game off totals prior to arrival in 2012
  • Vols ranked among national leaders in sacks, tackles for loss and third-down conversion defense in 2014
  • In Jancek's first season at UT LB A.J. Johnson earned AP and Coaches First Team All-SEC honors, the first Vol LB to do so since Jerod Mayo in 2007, while cornerback Cameron Sutton was named to SEC All-Freshman squad
  • Joined the Vols after spending the 2010-12 seasons at Cincinnati
  • Worked as the Bearcats sole defensive coordinator in 2012 after serving as UC's co-defensive coordinator in 2010 and 2011
  • Also served as Bearcats recruiting coordinator for two seasons, signing the Big East's top recruiting class according the Sporting News in 2011
  • Coached UC's defense to a Top 20 ranking in scoring defense in 2011 and 2012
  • Guided UC to the nation's leading defense in terms of tackles for loss (8.62 per game) and second in sacks (3.46) in 2011
  • In 2012, coached Greg Blair to First Team All-Big Easthonors after the senior finished the season leading the Big East in tackles with 138 on the year
  • Coached 2011 Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year and current Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe as well as First Team All-Big East selections Drew Frey and JK Schaffer
  • Schaffer, a two-year captain, was the 2011 American Eagle Outfitters Big East Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is just the fourth player in Big East history to register at least 100 tackles in three consecutive seasons, culminating in a career-high 114 stops in the 2011 season. He earned All-Big East First Team honors in 2011 after he ranked third in the conference in tackles (8.8 per game)
  • Prior to Cincinnati, spent five seasons at the University of Georgia (2005-09)
  • Coached the linebackers in all five seasons with the Bulldogs and served as co-defensive coordinator in 2009
  • During his five years in Athens, helped the Bulldogs to 48 wins, two BCS Bowl games, an SEC Championship and finished in the Top 10 three times
  • In 2009, mentored Rennie Curran, who led the SEC in tackles and was a finalist for the Lombardi and Bendarik Awards before going to the play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • In 2008, UGA linebacker Darryl Gamble earned the Bronco Nagurski National Player of the Week honor and received an ESPN Helmet Sticker from the College Gameday Final crew after intercepting a pair of passes for touchdowns against LSU
  • Coached at Central Michigan from 2003-04 working with the defensive line his first year and as defensive coordinator in the second season
  • Worked at Division II power, his alma mater, Grand Valley State from 1999-2002, helping GVSU to the D-II National Championship under current Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly in 2002
  • Also worked at Wayne State (1992-96), Central Florida (1996), Hillsdale College in Michigan (1996-98)
  • Muskegeon, Mich., native, graduated from Grand Valley State in 1991 and earned a master's degree from Wayne State in 1994
  • Jancek and his wife Kelly have four children, Zac (17), Brock (15), Jack (13), and Brady (11)



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