Vanderbilt parts ways with special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk, per source


Ziyi Liu

Jeff Genyk at the Vanderbilt Spring Game in March 2016. Photo by Ziyi Liu//The Vanderbilt Hustler

Cutler Klein, Sports Editor

Vanderbilt has parted ways with specials teams coordinator/running backs coach Jeff Genyk, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Genyk’s departure was first reported late Sunday night by Trey Wallace of as well as Chris Smith of 247 Sports. It was later confirmed on Monday by The Tennessean‘s Adam Sparks.

Hired by head coach Derek Mason in 2016, Genyk had previously served as special teams coordinator with current Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig at Wisconsin from 2013 to 2014. In addition, he has coached in some capacity at Northwestern, California and Eastern Michigan.

Genyk was successful with Ralph Webb at the running back position, mentoring Webb on his way to becoming Vanderbilt’s all-time leading rusher. Webb did not fumble the ball at all during the 2016 season, his first under Genyk.

On special teams, however, it was a different story. In 2017, Vanderbilt finished 12th in the SEC in gross yards per punt, 11th in yards per punt return and last in the conference in field goal percentage. However, they did finish in the top five in the conference in yards per kick return.

In December, sophomore punter Sam Loy announced he was leaving the university and returning home to California to train.

With the departures of Loy, Genyk and graduating kicker Tommy Openshaw, Vanderbilt will be searching for a punter, kicker and a special teams coordinator in the coming months.