Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen wasted little time in replacing tight ends coach Jay Boulware, who bolted for Oklahoma over the weekend. On Tuesday night, the Badgers announced the hiring of Jeff Genyk, who's familiar with the Big Ten as a former longtime Northwestern assistant.
Swiftness was important, because Wisconsin starts spring practice on Saturday. Like Boulware, Genyk will oversee special teams as well as tight ends.
"I’m extremely pleased we were able to get a tremendous coach like Jeff, especially given the timing of this transition,” Andersen said in a statement released by the school.
Genyk comes to Madison from Nevada, where he recently had been hired as special teams and running backs coach. Before that, he spent three seasons at Cal, where he coaches tight ends and coordinated the special teams. The Golden Bears had back-to-back first-team All-Pac-12 selections at kicker and punter during his tenure.
Prior to Cal, Genyk was the head coach at Eastern Michigan from 2004-08. He compiled a 16-42 record.
He's probably best known to Big Ten fans as an assistant at Northwestern from 1994-2003. He coached the Wildcats' special teams for his final five seasons in Evanston.
This looks like a really strong hire for Wisconsin, especially given how quickly Andersen had to move.