|Title||Running backs coach, special teams coordinator|
August 22, 1960 |
Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1990–1992||Grand Rapids CC (QB/WR)|
|Head coaching record|
Jeff Genyk (born August 22, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He is running backs coach and special teams coordinator Vanderbilt University. Genyk served as the head football coach at Eastern Michigan University from 2004 to 2008, compiling a record of 16–42 in five seasons. He was a television analyst for Atlantic Coast Conference football for ESPN during the 2009 season.
Genyk was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was raised in nearby Milan, Michigan. Jeff's father George Genyk played college football for the University of Michigan Wolverines, and served as a captain on the 1959 team. George was drafted by the New York Titans in the first tier of the 1960 American Football League draft.
Genyk graduated from Milan High School and went on to attend Bowling Green State University where he started at quarterback for the Falcons football team. He graduated in 1982 with a degree in Business Administration. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in 1989, and a master's in education from Northwestern University in 1994. During the interim, Genyk served as an assistant football coach at Grand Rapids Community College from 1990 to 1992. From 1994 to 2003, Genyk served as an assistant coach at Northwestern, at different times coaching linebackers, running backs, and the secondary. From 1998 to 2003 he served as special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. During his time at Northwestern, the Wildcats won three Big Ten Conference titles and participated in four bowl games.
Genyk was hired by Eastern Michigan as head coach in December 2003 after 12 years as an assistant at Northwestern.
In 2004, the EMU team went 4–4 in the Mid-American Conference, and posted high offensive numbers. In 2007, the Eagles finished third in the MAC West, their highest showing since 1997. This included wins over Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University, giving EMU the Michigan MAC Trophy.
After tallying a 3–9 record during the 2008 campaign and going 16–42 overall during his five years at the helm, Genyk was fired in November. He coached the season's final game against Central Michigan, a 56–52 upset in front of a home crowd in Ypsilanti.
After Eastern Michigan
Genyk served as a television analyst for football broadcasts during the 2009 season.
On January 23, 2013, Genyk was announced as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at the University of Nevada, Reno under new head coach Brian Polian. Genyk served at Nevada for a little over a month before departing for the University of Wisconsin to serve as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach under head coach Gary Andersen.
For the 2015 season, Genyk rekindled a working relationship with Northwestern University, serving as a quality control coach and consulting head coach Pat Fitzgerald on special teams, offense and game management.
Head coaching record
|Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference) (2004–2008)|
|2004||Eastern Michigan||4–7||4–4||4th (West)|
|2005||Eastern Michigan||4–7||3–5||6th (West)|
|2006||Eastern Michigan||1–11||1–7||6th (West)|
|2007||Eastern Michigan||4–8||3–4||T–3rd (West)|
|2008||Eastern Michigan||3–9||2–6||6th (West)|