Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Landis promoted to full-time assistant coach, Janocko also welcomed to staff

Tim Landis
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After a year working with the Lycoming College football program as tight ends coach, longtime collegiate head coach Tim Landis has been promoted to a full-time assistant with the Warriors, head football coach Mike Clark announced on Wednesday, March 12. Landis will work as the team’s passing game and special teams coordinator. In addition, Andrew Janocko will serve as a quarterbacks coach.

Landis replaces Scott Brisson, who has accepted a position at Lehigh University as wide receivers coach.

In his first year with the Warriors, Landis helped the team capture its 15th Middle Atlantic Conference title, as the team finished with a 7-3 overall record and a 7-2 mark in league play. He coached an all-conference tight end in Greg Kovacs ’14 and also helped transform the team’s special teams’ game into one that blocked five kicks, one shy of the school record, and led the MAC in net punting average (35.04) and kickoff return yardage (21.49).

Prior to his arrival in Williamsport, Landis recorded an 89-103-1 record in 18 years as a collegiate head coach, recording 12 winning seasons during that span.

In 2011, he served as the head coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, posting a 4-5 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the Liberty League. He spent the 2010 season as the tight ends coach at San Jose State University, where he also served as the offensive coordinator.

No stranger to Central Pennsylvania, Landis was the head coach at Bucknell University from 2003-09, leading the Bison to a .500 or better record three times and compiling a 32-46 record. His teams were among the best FCS schools in rushing offense, finishing in the top 10 in 2003, 2004 and 2006. The 2003 (6-6) and 2004 (7-4) teams both finished in third place in the Patriot League.

Among the student-athletes Landis coached at Bucknell were All-American and National Football League standout Sean Conover as well as Academic All-Americans Justin Gibson and David Frisbey.

Landis enjoyed similar success at St. Mary’s, as his teams finished .500 or better in each of his three seasons (2000-02). The 2000 squad finished fourth in the FCS in rushing offense (309.5 yards per game) and the Gaels broke numerous school offensive records. With a 6-5 record in 2001 and 6-6 in 2002, Landis was named the Division I-AA Independent Coach of the Year.

He began his collegiate head coaching career at Davidson, starting in 1993 when he was one of the youngest Division I head coaches at age 29. He helped turn the Wildcats around, guiding the team to school single-season records of eight wins in 1998 (8-2) and again in 1999 (8-3), his final year. Four of his teams finished better than .500 as he compiled a record of 35-36-1.

In his final season at Davidson, the defense led the nation with a school-record 28 interceptions. Landis' special teams unit blocked a FCS (then Division I-AA) record 13 kicks in 1999, and the defense allowed only 101 rushing yards per game to rank 13th in the nation.

In 1998, the Wildcats ranked first nationally in pass efficiency defense, second in scoring defense, fourth in total defense and 12th in rushing defense.

A native of Yardley, Pa., and a 1982 graduate of The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., Landis earned a bachelor’s in English from Randolph-Macon College in 1986. An All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) First Team honoree both as a quarterback in football and a pitcher in baseball, Landis was the ODAC Baseball Player of the Year in 1986, and earned the school's Compton Award for excellence in academics and athletics. In 2002, he was inducted into The Hun School's Hall of Fame, and in 2000, was inducted into the Randolph-Macon Athletic Hall of Fame.

His first coaching position was a one-year stint at Randolph-Macon, mentoring the wide receivers in 1986.

In 1988, he began a three-year tenure as head football and baseball coach at Morrisville (Pa.) High School in the suburban Philadelphia area, where he led the football team to an 8-2 record and a state ranking while capturing numerous Coach of the Year honors. He also guided the baseball team to a conference championship. During his final two years at the school, he also served as athletics director.

Landis returned to the collegiate level in 1991, when he was hired as the defensive line coach at Davidson.

Landis and his wife Karen, have three sons, T.J., Jack and Charlie, and one daughter, Jordan. They reside in Lewisburg.

Janocko, a three-year letterwinner at the University of Pittsburgh, will get set for his first year as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

Janocko comes to Lycoming after spending two years as an offensive coaching assistant on Greg Schiano’s staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2013, Janocko worked with wide receivers and kick returners, as he was responsible for film breakdown, carding periods of practice, working with the scout team and conducting trick play and personnel offseason studies. In 2012, he worked with quarterbacks and kick returners, as he worked closely with the Buccaneers quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

Prior to Tampa Bay, Janocko spent one season as a graduate assistant on Schiano’s staff at Rutgers, where he worked with quarterbacks and helped the team to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl title with a win over Iowa State.

Janocko played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a valuable asset in Pitt's offensive preparation and special teams execution.

He spent his first two seasons at Pitt as a walk-on before earning a scholarship prior to the 2008 season. During his time at Pittsburgh, Janocko was an outstanding student who was named to the Big East All-Academic Football Team three times.

Janocko played in all 39 games for the Panthers from 2008-10, serving as the team’s primary holder for placements. During that time, he helped the team lead the Big East in kick scoring twice and he played in three bowl games – the Sun Bowl, the Meineke Car Care Bowl and the BBVA Compass Bowl.

He competed scholastically at Clearfield Area under his father Tim Janocko. He was a two-year starter at quarterback, leading Clearfield Area to a pair of District 9 Championships and PIAA Class AAA playoff berths. Janocko passed for 1,947 yards and accounted for 18 touchdowns (13 passing and five rushing) as a senior, earning Pennsylvania Football News All-State honors.

A 2010 graduate of Pittsburgh, Janocko earned a degree in history and political science.