John Jancek

American football coach

John Jancek
Biographical details
Born (1968-04-01) April 1, 1968 (age 56)
Muskegon, Michigan, U.S.
Playing career
1986–1990Grand Valley State
Position(s)Defensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991Grand Valley State (GA)
1992–1994Wayne State (DC)
1996–1998Hillsdale (DC)
1999–2002Grand Valley State (DC)
2002–2004Central Michigan (DL)
2005–2008Georgia (LB)
2009Georgia (co-DC)
2010–2011Cincinnati (Co-DC)
2012Cincinnati (DC)
2013–2015Tennessee (DC)
2016South Florida (Safeties)
2017Kentucky (consultant)
2018–2019Colorado State (DC)
2020–2021Georgia (DQC)
2022LSU (Analyst)
Accomplishments and honors

John Jancek (born April 1, 1968) is an American college football coach and former defensive lineman. He is married to his wife Kelly Jancek. Jancek has four sons Brady, Jack, Brock, and Zac.

Playing career

Jancek was a defensive lineman for the Grand Valley State Lakers from 1988 through 1990.[1]

Coaching career

Jancek started his coaching career after his playing days ended following the 1990 season. In 1991, he stayed at Grand Valley State as a graduate assistant.[2] In 1992, he left for Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan to be their defensive coordinator.[3] He remained at Wayne State until 1994, when he left for Hillsdale College to take on the same role. In 1999, he returned to Grand Valley State to be their defensive coordinator.[4] He left for Central Michigan in 2002 to be their defensive line coach.[5] In 2005, he joined the Georgia Bulldogs coaching staff as the linebackers coach.[6] In 2009, he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator. In 2010, he left for the same role at Cincinnati. In 2012, he became the sole defensive coordinator for the Bearcats. In 2013, he returned to the SEC, this time as the Tennessee defensive coordinator, where he stayed until the 2015 season.[7] He left for South Florida in 2016, where he was the safeties coach.[8] In 2017, he joined the Kentucky Wildcats as a defensive consultant.[9] In 2018, he was named as the Colorado State Rams' defensive coordinator.[10] Following the last game of the 2019 season, Bobo left the head coach position at CSU and Steve Addazio was hired to be the new head coach of CSU, leaving Jancek and his position in question. In 2020, Jancek was brought on as a defensive quality control coach for Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs football program. Jancek was part of the Bulldogs' staff that won the National Championship in the 2021 season over Alabama[11]

Personal life

Jancek and his wife, Kelly, have four sons, Zac, Brock, Jack, and Brady. Zac currently is a defensive analyst for the Arkansas State Red Wolves football team. [12] Jack currently is a wide receiver for the Tennessee Volunteers football team. [13]


  1. ^ "Ex-Vols DC John Jancek will be USF safeties coach". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "USF Names Jancek Safeties Coach". South Florida Athletics. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Muskegon sports briefs: OV grad reportedly hired by Colorado State". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jancek and Smart named to coaching staff". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Central Michigan Life, 1 September 2004". Central Michigan University History. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "CMU Assistant Grid Coach Goes to Georgia". Central Michigan Athletics. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek leaving program". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Former Vols DC John Jancek to be Hired by South Florida". Sports Radio Knoxville. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "UK hires former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek in analyst role". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "John Jancek hired as Rams' defensive coordinator - Colorado State University". Colorado State Athletics. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Blinder, Alan (January 10, 2022). "How Georgia Beat Alabama to Win College Football's National Championship". The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2023.
  12. ^ "Zac Jancek - Defensive Analyst". Arkansas State Athletics.
  13. ^ "Jack Jancek". UT Medical Center.

External links

  • Georgia Bulldogs bio
  • Cincinnati Bearcats bio
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2021 Georgia Bulldogs football—consensus national champions