Photos from day four in Memphis, Tenn. during preparations for the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
John Widecan begins his 21st season with the University of Cincinnati Football Program. As the Assistant Director of Athletics for Football Operations, he is in charge of the day-to-day operations for the team, including duties such as team travel, recruiting operations, events, camps, clinics, team schedule, technology, and other facets of the football program.
Widecan joined the Bearcats in 1989 as a graduate assistant football coach. He was promoted in 1991 to a full-time administrative position in which he assisted with day-to-day operations and assumed the duties of video director for the football team. Widecan was recognized as the 1997-98 Conference USA Video Coordinator of the Year by the Collegiate Sports Video Association.
As his responsibilities continued to expand, he was named the Director of Football Operations in 2000, and the program hired a video coordinator to handle the increased team video needs.
Prior to coming to UC, Widecan began his career as defensive line coach at his alma mater, Mercyhurst.
A native of Wickliffe, Ohio, he was an all-conference and all-area performer at Wickliffe High. He earned Football News Division III all-America honors as well as all-ECAC acclaim at Mercyhurst.
He earned his bachelor's degrees in mathematics and education in 1988. He later received his master's degree in criminal justice from UC in 1990.
His family includes his wife, Michelle, and children Mallory, a student at UC, Collin (15), and J.P. (6).