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Don Yanowsky Season 2024

Don Yanowsky
Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator

2010 Capital One Bowl Update

In first year with LSU after joining the Tigers following two years at Boston College … Coached the LSU tight ends in 2009 … LSU’s tight ends, led by senior Richard Dickson, combined to catch 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns … Dickson capped his LSU 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 ? one vs. Alabama and the other against Arkansas … Other players in the rotation at tight end include Tyler Edwards and Mitch Joseph, both blocking specialists. 

Don Yanowsky, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Boston College, joined the LSU staff last spring. Yanowsky will coach the tight ends while also serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Tigers.

Yanowsky comes to LSU with 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.

Yanowsky’s tight ends combined to catch 73 passes for 719 yards and five scores in 2007 followed by 34 receptions for 269 yards and two TDs 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 Steve Logan at East Carolina. He coached at Duke for three years, from 2003-05, coaching the offensive line for two years and the outside linebackers and special teams for one season.

Yanowsky was hired by 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 as the Tigers’ offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator; and three year 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 to 1988, serving as offensive coordinator at Bountiful (Utah) High School and later as the head coach at Viewmont High School in Utah, before returning 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., Yanowsky is married to the former Janet Free and the couple has two sons, Donnie and Jacob.

The Yanowsky File
Year at LSU: First (appointed Feb. 12, 2009)
Birthdate: Sept. 6, 1959 in Chicago, Ill.
Wife: Janet Free
Children: Donnie and Jacob
College: Toledo, ?82

Playing Experience
1979-80 Toledo (offensive guard)
1977-78 Snow Junior College (offensive guard)

Coaching Experience
1981 Toledo (student assistant)
1982-84 Utah (offensive line/recruiting coordinator)
1989-95 Memphis (offensive line/recruiting coordinator)
1996 Minnesota (defensive line)
1997-2000 Arkansas State (running backs, 1997; outside linebackers/special teams, 1998 -2000)
2001-02 East Carolina (defensive line)
2003-05 Duke (outside linebackers/special teams, 2003; offensive line, 2004-05)
2006 East Carolina (tight ends/special teams)
2007-08 Boston College (tight ends/special teams)
2009 LSU (tight ends/recruiting coordinator)

Bowl Experience
2001 GMAC Bowl (East Carolina lost Marshall, 64-61 2OT)
2006 Bowl (East Carolina lost South Florida, 24-7)
2007 Champs Sports Bowl (Boston College def. Michigan State, 24-21)
2008 Music City Bowl (Boston College lost Vanderbilt, 19-14)