Photos from UC's preseason workout on Aug. 10, 2012 at the Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center in W. Harrison, Ind.
John Jancek enters his third season at the University of Cincinnati as the linebackers coach and was elevated to defensive coordinator following the 2011 season after serving two seasons as the co-coordinator.
He also served as the recruiting coordinator for two seasons, helping the Bearcats to sign a 2011 class that was ranked first in the BIG EAST Conference by Sporting News.
The Bearcats were one of the most improved defenses in the nation in 2011, leading the NCAA FBS in tackles for a loss (8.62), ranking second in sacks (3.46), sixth in rushing defense (96.23) and 20th in scoring defense (20.31).
UC led the BIG EAST and ranked ninth nationally in turnover margin (0.92) while the Bearcats' 33 turnovers gained was tied for fourth nationally. Individually, the Bearcats defense was paced by BIG EAST Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and All-American Derek Wolfe and First-Team All-BIG EAST selections Drew Frey and JK Schaffer.
Schaffer, a two-year captain, was the 2011 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is just the fourth player in BIG EAST history to register at least 100 tackles in three consecutive seasons, culminating in a career-high 114 stops in the 2011 season. He earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors in 2011 after he ranked third in the conference in tackles (8.8 per game). Schaffer was an All-BIG EAST Second Team choice in 2010.
Jancek came to UC in January 2010 after spending five seasons on the defensive staff at the University of Georgia.
Jancek was at Georgia from 2005-09, coaching linebackers before assuming the role of co-defensive coordinator in 2009. During his time at UGA, the Bulldogs won 48 games, one SEC championship, been to two BCS bowl games, and finished in the nation's top ten three times.
In 2009, Jancek mentored Rennie Curran, who led the SEC with 130 tackles and was a finalist for both the Rotary Lombardy Award and Chuck Bednarik Award. The two-time First-Team all-SEC selection was a Butkas Award finalist in 2008.
In 2008, UGA linebacker Darryl Gamble earned the Bronco Nagurski National Player of the Week honor and received an ESPN Helmet Sticker from the College Gameday Final crew after intercepting a pair of passes for touchdowns against LSU.
The 2007 season saw the Bulldogs rank No. 2 in the postseason Associated Press poll after an 11-2 record and a victory over Hawai'i in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Following the 2006 season, all three of his starting LB's (Tony Taylor, Jarvis Jackson, Danny Verdun Wheeler) signed professional football contracts. Taylor led the nation in interceptions by a linebacker with seven.
Jancek continually reconfigured a 2005 Georgia linebacker unit into a solid group despite being hit by a rash of injuries during the year. He helped lead a Bulldog defense that finished eighth nationally in scoring defense (16.4 ppg).
He was at Central Michigan from 2003-04 coaching the defensive line in 2003 before behind named defensive coordinator in 2004. Prior to joining the Chippewas, he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under former UC head coach Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State University, the 2002 NCAA Division II national champion.
A native of Muskegon, Jancek guided the Lakers into one of the top defensive units in Division II football during his four-year tenure from 1999-2002. GVSU opponents scored only 16.5 points per game in 2002 while posting a 14-0 record. Opponents managed just 279.9 yards per game in total offense and turned the ball over 36 times.
Jancek returned to his alma mater in 1999 after previously working as the defensive coordinator for three years at Hillsdale (1996-98). He also was the defensive tackles coach at Central Florida during the winter/spring of 1996. He also spent three years as defensive coordinator at Wayne State (1992-94). He spent the 1991 season as a graduate assistant at Grand Valley.
A 1991 graduate of Grand Valley and '94 master's degree recipient of Wayne State, Jancek was a three-year letterwinner with the Lakers as a defensive lineman. GVSU compiled a record of 28-7 during his three years and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs twice. He earned All-Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference honors as a senior.
Jancek and his wife, Kelly, have four sons, Zachary (13), Brock (10), Jack (8), and Brady (6).