Don Yanowsky begins his second year as tight ends and special teams coach for the Boston College football team. In his first year as an assistant coach, Yanowsky helped guide senior tight end Ryan Purvis to an All-ACC First Team selection. He also led special teams to a third-best punting average in the ACC. Both his kickoff and punting defensive units ended last season ranked within the top-20 nationally.
Yanowsky comes to Boston College after serving as tight ends and special teams coach at East Carolina for one season. Before that, he spent three seasons as a member of the Duke coaching staff (2003-05), the last two as offensive line coach. He spent the 2003 season coaching Duke's outside linebackers and special teams.
Yanowsky is reunited with offensive coordinator Steve Logan, who hired Yanowsky as defensive line coach at East Carolina in 2001. With more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Yanowsky began his career as a student assistant coach at Toledo in 1981. He then spent three years at Utah as an offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. In 1985, Yanowsky became the offensive coordinator at Bountiful (Utah) High School before taking the head coaching reigns at Viewmont (Utah) High School in 1987. Two years later, he returned to the collegiate ranks as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Memphis.
After six seasons with the Tigers, he coached one campaign at Minnesota as the defensive line coach before spending four seasons at Arkansas State, the last three as the outside linebackers and special teams coach. Yanowsky was also the recruiting coordinator for the Indians before being hired by Steve Logan at East Carolina in 2001.
In his first year at ECU, Yanowsky helped the Pirates earn a berth in the GMAC Bowl, while coaching the defensive line and on special teams. In 2003, he took a job in the Atlantic Coast Conference at Duke, where he provided an immediate impact on special teams. The Blue Devils improved from a No. 113 national rank to No. 21 in kickoff returns and placed third in the ACC in kickoff coverage. From 2004-2005, he coached the offensive line at Duke before beginning his second stint at East Carolina.
A 1982 graduate of Toledo with a degree in education, he was a two-year starter at offensive guard. A native of Chicago, Ill., Yanowsky is married to the former Janet Free and the couple has two sons, Donnie and Jacob.