Another change has been made to NU’s coaching staff.
Northwestern will not retain tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk in 2024, Matt Fortuna reported on Thursday afternoon. In a series of staff changes from David Braun, Genyk appears to have been fired following the Wildcats’ Las Vegas Bowl victory over Utah on Dec. 23.
Sources: Northwestern has parted ways with OC Mike Bajakian, special teams coordinator/TEs coach Jeff Genyk and director of sports performance for football Jay Hooten. https://t.co/fxngM3l8wk— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) December 28, 2023
The departure of Genyk, who has served as Northwestern’s special teams coordinator since 2018, comes with Braun’s decision to cut ties with offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and director of sports performance for football Jay Hooten. Genyk took over tight-end coaching duties at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
In 2023, Genyk’s special teams unit had mixed results. Jack Olsen made 14 of 19 field goals on the year, but Northwestern tied for second-to-last in the Big Ten in net punting yardage during the regular season with 37.3 yards per boot. Additionally, it earned just 46 yards on nine punt returns through the regular season after totaling 19 yards on eight returns in 2022. Despite Garner Wallace’s fumble return for a score on a kickoff against Illinois, Northwestern hasn’t scored a kick or punt return touchdown with Genyk at the helm.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan native had immense experience coaching at Northwestern before his return in 2018, as he served as an assistant coach at a number of positions from 1994 to 2003. During that decade-long span, Genyk oversaw linebackers, running backs, defensive backs and special teamers. He also worked as a quality control coach and consultant on the 2015 team.
Outside of his time in Evanston, Genyk held the Eastern Michigan head-coaching job from 2004 until 2008, when he was fired after going 16-42 in five seasons. He held positions coaching special teams – as well as running backs and tight ends at times – at a number of schools, including Vanderbilt (2016-17), Wisconsin (2013-14) and California (2010-12).