Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen announced the hiring of Jeff Genyk on Tuesday. Genyk will coach tight ends and oversee the Badgers’ special teams after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at California.
“We’re very excited to have Jeff, his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Jake and McKenna, become a part of the Badger family,” Andersen said. “He’s been a tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at the BCS level, as well as having head coach experience, so that made him a very attractive candidate. I’m extremely pleased we were able to get a tremendous coach like Jeff, especially given the timing of this transition.”
Genyk comes to UW from Nevada, where he briefly served as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. 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.
Genyk tutored punter Bryan Anger to first-team all-conference honors in 2011 and helped Anger become a Ray Guy semifinalist. Anger was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft - the highest selection for a punter over the past 17 years. Anger is one of just two Cal players in history to earn all-conference honors in three straight seasons.
Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio earned first-team all-conference honors under Genyk's guidance in 2011 and his successor, Vincenzo D'Amato, followed suit for Genyk and the Bears in 2012. Genyk also guided punt returner Keenan Allen to a 14.1 ypr. average, which was tops in the Pac-12 and fifth nationally.
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 Genyk coached three players (LB Daniel Holtzclaw, DE Jason Jones, PK Andrew Wellock) who earned All-American recognition. Jones was a second-round selection of the Tennessee Titans in the 2008 NFL Draft while Wellock was a finalist for the 2004 Lou Groza Award. He also coached OT T.J. Lang, who was selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
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 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.
A native of Milan, Mich., 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.