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John Klacik
Position: Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach

A veteran of more than 25 years of collegiate coaching, John Klacik enters his third season as Miami’s offensive coordinator. He also serves as the RedHawks’ tight end coach, having taken over those duties in 2012 after serving as the team’s offensive line coach in 2011.

Under Klacik, the passing offense at Miami has annually ranked among league leaders. For the past two seasons, Miami has ranked among the top two in passing offense, leading the MAC in conference games in 2012. Last season, these numbers were spurred by the league’s top quarterback in passing average as well as the MAC leader in receptions and reception yards per game.

Klacik has seen two players go to be selections in the National Football League Draft. Offensive lineman Brandon Brooks was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2012, while quarterback Zac Dysert was picked by the Denver Broncos in 2013.

Klacik was head coach at his alma mater, Lock Haven, for six years. His other 19 years in the coaching profession have taken place at the FBS and FCS levels.

Previously, Klacik spent all but one season of his coaching career at Youngstown State and was a part of four NCAA I-AA National Championship teams. He started with the Penguins as the tight ends coach, working his way up the ladder through the offense, moving to wide receivers, quarterbacks, offensive line and then as offensive coordinator for his last four seasons.

Klacik worked under former Ohio State University head coach Jim Tressel for 12 years. He also spent the 2000 season at Division I Wake Forest University, working with the quarterbacks before returning to YSU in his most recent role. While with the Demon Deacons, Klacik worked under former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell.

A standout wide receiver, Klacik graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports/fitness management from Lock Haven in 1988. He led the Bald Eagles in receiving yards in each of his four seasons at LHU, ranking eighth in school history with 1,976 career yards.

Klacik and his wife, Amy, have three children: Abbey (18), Hannah (15) and John III (12).

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