Don Yanowsky Returns As Memphis Tigers Assistant
Feb. 16, 2010
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Don Yanowsky, who served as the Memphis Tigers offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 1989-94, is returning to the U of M. Head coach Larry Porter announced today that he has recommended Yanowsky to serve as special teams coordinator and to coach tight ends.
Yanowsky and Porter worked together this past season at LSU. 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 20 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.
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, guiding the offensive line for two years and the outside linebackers and special teams unit 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 at Arkansas State (1997-2000); 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.
A 1982 graduate of Toledo with a degree in education, he was a two-year starter at offensive guard for the Rockets. Yanowsky is a native of Chicago, Ill. He and his wife Janet have two sons, Donnie and Jacob.