Don Yanowsky is in his first season as defensive coordinator of the Bulldogs.
Yanowsky brings over three decades of coaching experience on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Prior to Holmes, he served as special teams coordinator for the University of Texas at El Paso. For two seasons, Yanowsky, known as “Yano” in football circles, assumed duties as the special teams coordinator with the Ottawa Redblacks (2014-15) of the Canadian Football League.
The native of Chicago made his CFL debut with the Calgary Stampeders as the linebackers coach in 2012. Yanowsky held the position for two years. Calgary played in the 100th Grey Cup (2012).
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Yanowsky was the tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator at Memphis for two seasons (2010-11). It was his second stint with the Tigers, as he assumed duties with the offensive line and as recruiting coordinator (1989-95).
Yanowsky coached the tight ends at LSU in 2009, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. Before coaching in Baton Rouge, Yanowsky coached two seasons (2007-08) at Boston College, serving as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.
Yanowsky’s tight ends combined to catch 73 passes for 719 yards and five scores in 2007. The Eagles went 11-3, as they defeated Michigan State, 24-21, at the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl. Boston College also advanced to the 2008 Music City Bowl against Vanderbilt.
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 (2003-05), coaching the offensive line for two years, and the outside linebackers and special teams for one season.
Steve Logan hired Yanowsky 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 (1997-2000) at Arkansas State; a one-year stay at Minnesota (1996) to coach the defensive line; and a three-year stay at Utah (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 his alma mater Toledo. He started two years at the offensive guard position for the Rockets (1979-80). Prior to transferring to Toledo, Yanowsky played at Snow Junior College at the same position (1978-79). From 1985-1987, Yanowsky coached at the high school level, 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, Yanowsky earned a degree in education. Yanowsky is married to the former Janet Free and the couple has two sons, Donnie and Jacob.