Don Yanowsky
Don Yanowsky

Special Teams/Tight Ends


Alma Mater:
Toledo, 1982

Don Yanowsky, who served as the Memphis Tigers' offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 1989-94, returned to the U of M to guide the special teams unit and tight ends in 2010.

Yanowsky and Larry Porter worked together during the 2009 season at LSU. The two were previously at Memphis together when Yanowsky was an assistant coach and Porter was a Tiger running back (1990-93).

In 2010, Yanowsky guided one of the top punters in the nation as true freshman Tom Hornsey came to the United States from Australia and played in his first-ever U.S.-style football game. In his first-ever game, Hornsey booted nine punts for 438 yards against SEC foe Mississippi State, which led to national recognition later in the season. Hornsey was one of just two true freshmen nationally to be selected to the Ray Guy Award watch list, an accolade that honors the nation's top punter. Hornsey finished the year ranked third nationally in punting yards (3,416) and fourth nationally with 80 punts. His numbers also ranked him No. 1 in school history in yards and tied for first in single-season punts.

Hornsey became Memphis' first-ever Freshman All-American as chosen by the Football Writers Association of America, and he was named the Tigers' Special Teams Player of the Year.

Yanowsky also helped refine kicker Paulo Henriques, who as a sophomore in 2010, handled field goals for the first time for the Tigers. Henriques started off a bit shaky, but once he settled down, hit 14 of his final 16 field goal attempts, including a streak of nine straight field goals. Henriques was a perfect 5-of-5 from 40 or more yards out in the last six games of the season. He led the team in scoring with 59 points and also handled all 43 kickoffs, averaging 65.6 yards with 10 touchbacks.

Yanowsky and Larry Porter worked together during the 2009 season at LSU. The two were previously at Memphis together when Yanowsky was an assistant coach and Porter was a Tiger running back (1990-93).

Yanowsky was in his first season with the LSU Tigers in 2009, working with the tight ends and handling duties as recruiting coordinator. LSU's tight ends. Led by senior Richard Dickson, combined to catch 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns as Dickson capped his career as the school's all-time leader for tight ends in receptions (89), yards (945) and touchdowns (10). Deangelo Peterson converted from wide receiver to tight end and responded with five catches for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Prior to joining the LSU staff, Yanowsky spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Boston College, where he was the special teams coordinator and guided the tight ends.

He has over 25 years of collegiate coaching experience on both sides of the football as well as that of recruiting coordinator.

In two years with Boston College, the Eagles went 20-8 overall and reached a bowl game in both 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Boston College won its first eight games and climbed as high as No. 2 in the nation. The Eagles went on to post an 11-3 overall mark in 2007 as they claimed the ACC Atlantic Division title and played in the league's championship game. In 2008, the Eagles were 9-5 overall.

Yanowsky's tight ends at Boston college combined to catch 73 passes for 719 yards and five scores in 2007, followed by 34 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns in 2008. His top tight end, Ryan Purvis, was a two-time All-ACC selection and is rated as one of the top five tight ends going into the 2009 NFL Draft.

Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Yanowsky spent the 2006 season coaching tight ends and special teams under Skip Holtz at East Carolina. He coached at Duke for three years, from 2003-05, directing the offensive line for two years and the outside linebackers and special teams for one season.

Yanowsky was hired by Steve Logan at East Carolina for the first time in 2001, coaching the defensive line and helping the Pirates earn a berth in the GMAC Bowl that year.

Other coaching stops for Yanowsky include a four-year stint from 1997-2000 at Arkansas State; a one-year stay at Minnesota in 1996 to coach the defensive line; six years at Memphis under former head coach Chuck Stobart; and three years at Utah from 1982-84 as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

Yanowsky got his start in coaching in 1981 when he was hired as a student assistant coach at Toledo. After his three years at Utah, Yanowsky coached at the high school level from 1983-1988, serving as offensive coordinator at Bountiful (Utah) High School and later as the head coach at Viewmont High School in Utah. He returned to the collegiate ranks in 1989 at Memphis.

A 1982 graduate of Toledo with a degree in education, he was a two-year starter at offensive guard for the Rockets. A native of Chicago, Ill., Yanowasky and his wife, Janet, have two sons, Donnie and Jacob.

September 6, 1959
Chicago, Ill.
Alma Mater
Toledo, 1982
Bachelor's degree in education
Collegiate Playing Experience
1979-80: Toledo (OG)
1977-78: Snow Junior College (OG)
Wife - Janet
Children - Donnie and Jacob
Coaching Experience
2010: University of Memphis (ST/TE)
2009: LSU (TE/Recruiting Coordinator)
2007-08: Boston College (TE/ST)
2006: East Carolina (TE/ST)
2004-05: Duke (OL)
2003: Duke (OLB/ST)
2001-02: East Carolina (DL)
1998-2000: Arkansas State (OLB/ST)
1997: Arkansas State (RB)
1996: Minnesota (DL)
1989-95: Memphis (OL/Recruiting Coordinator)
1987: Viewmont HS (HC)
1985-86: Bountiful HS (OC)
1982-84: Utah (OL/Recruiting Coordinator)
1981: Toledo (Student Assistant)
Bowl Coaching Experience
January 2010: Capital One Bowl
December 2008: Music City Bowl
December 2007: Champs Sports Bowl
December 2006: Bowl
December 2001: GMAC Bowl
December 1981: California Bowl
Recruiting Area
central Tenn., north Alabama, Atlanta, Ga.

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