Jeff Jagodzinski

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Jeff Jagodzinski
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive coordinator
Team Georgia State
Conference Sun Belt
Biographical details
Born (1963-10-12) October 12, 1963 (age 50)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Playing career
1981–1984 Wisconsin–Whitewater
Position(s) Fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985
1986
1987–1988
1989–1991
1992–1996
1997–1998
1999–2003
2004
2005
2006
2007–2008
2009
2010
2012
2013–present
Wisconsin–Whitewater (RB)
Northern Illinois (OL)
LSU (GA)
East Carolina (TE/AOL)
East Carolina (OL)
Boston College (OC/OL)
Green Bay Packers (TE)
Atlanta Falcons (TE)
Atlanta Falcons (OL)
Green Bay Packers (OC)
Boston College
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OC)
Omaha Nighthawks
Ave Maria (WR)
Georgia State (OC)
Head coaching record
Overall 20–8 (college)
3–5 (UFL)
Bowls 1–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 ACC Atlantic Division (2007-2008)

Jeff Jagodzinski (born October 12, 1963) is an American football coach, former player and current offensive coordinator for the Georgia State University Panthers football team.[1] He served as the head football coach at the Boston College in 2007 and 2008, leading the Eagles to a record of 20–8 and consecutive appearance in the ACC Championship Game. In 2010, he was the head coach the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks. Jagodzinski has coached in college football and the National Football League for more than 20 years.

Playing career and family[edit]

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, Jagodzinski played collegiately, starting three years at fullback. He was all-conference at West Allis Central High School in Wisconsin. He is married with five children.

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching experience[edit]

Jagodzinski began his coaching career as the running back coach for the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in 1985. He was the offensive line coach for Northern Illinois University in 1986. He held a Graduate Assistant position with LSU from 1987 through 1988. In 1989 he became the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach for East Carolina University and remained in that position until 1996. In 1997 and 1998 he served as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Boston College.

NFL experience[edit]

Jagodzinski made the transition to the NFL in 1999 becoming the tight ends coach for the Green Bay Packers under head coach Ray Rhodes. Rhodes and most of his staff was fired after that season, but new head coach Mike Sherman kept Jagodzinski until 2003 when he was released. He was quickly picked up by the Atlanta Falcons to be the offensive line coach.

Jagodzinski was hired by Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on January 15, 2006 to replace offensive coordinator Tom Rossley. He was the fifth individual to hold the title of Packers offensive coordinator. Jagodzinski joined Paul Roach (1975–76), Lindy Infante (1988–91), Sherman Lewis (1992–99), and Tom Rossley (2000–05). Bob Schnelker (1969–71), John Polonchek (1972–74), Lew Carpenter (1975–79), and Tom Coughlin (1986–87) served as passing game coordinators on staffs that didn't necessarily carry an offensive coordinator.

During his time with the Atlanta Falcons, Jagodzinski learned offensive zone blocking schemes from Alex Gibbs, the architect of successful NFL offensive lines such as the Denver Broncos that won Super Bowl XXXII.

Boston College[edit]

Jagodzinski was named head coach at Boston College in January 2007 to replace Tom O'Brien. In his first year at BC, he led the Eagles to an 11–3 record, a #10 finish in the polls and an ACC Atlantic Division Championship. At one point in the season, the Eagles were ranked second in the Bowl Championship Series standings.[2] Along with Steve Logan, Jagodzinski brought a high flying offensive attack which was very different from Tom O'Brien's short passing game style. He has been nicknamed "Jags" by BC fans and the media. In his first season at BC produced two First Round talents: Matt Ryan and Gosder Cherilus.

Following the 2008 season, Jagodzinski interviewed for the vacant New York Jets head coaching job, despite being warned not to do so by athletic director Gene DeFilippo.[3][4] He interviewed for the position, and was fired the next day. He only completed two years of his five-year contract with Boston College. The Jets ultimately hired Rex Ryan, who was previously the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

Tampa Bay[edit]

Jagodzinski was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 29, 2009 following the promotion of Raheem Morris, who had been elevated to head coach following Jon Gruden's departure.[5] On September 3, 2009, the day before the team's final preseason game, the Buccaneers announced that they had dismissed Jagodzinski from his role and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Greg Olson.[6] The firing came due to concerns about Jagodzinski's ability to communicate plays in a timely manner. Morris offered to let him stay on as quarterbacks coach, but Jagodzinski declined.[7]

Omaha Nighthawks[edit]

On April 15, 2010, when the United Football League announced the franchise which would be known as the Omaha Nighthawks, Jagodzinski was introduced as the team's first head coach.

He was fired January 3, 2011 after posting a 3-5 record in his lone campaign with the league. The Nighthawks started 3-1 yet finished 0-4 in the final weeks of the 2010 UFL season.[8] He was immediately replaced by Joe Moglia, chairman and former CEO of TD Ameritrade, which is based in Omaha.

Return to college coaching[edit]

After serving a season as wide receiver coach at Ave Maria University, he took the position of offensive coordinator at Georgia State University under Trent Miles.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Boston College Eagles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2007–2008)
2007 Boston College 11–3 6–2 1st (Atlantic) W Champs Sports 11 10
2008 Boston College 9–5 5–3 1st (Atlantic) L Music City
Boston College: 20–8 11–5
Total: 20–8
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

United Football League[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
OMA 2010 3 5 0 .375 5th in League
OMA total 3 5 0 .375
Total 3 5 0 .375

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Rossley
Green Bay Packers Offensive Coordinator
2006
Succeeded by
Joe Philbin
Preceded by
Bill Muir
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator
2009
Succeeded by
Greg Olson
Preceded by
first coach
Omaha Nighthawks Head Coach
2010
Succeeded by
Joe Moglia