- John Wozniak
John  Wozniak

Running Backs/Co-Special Teams Coordinator

John Wozniak, who has gained a wealth of experience as an offensive coach and working with special teams, was named running backs coach at UAB in January, 2011.

Wozniak will also share co-special teams coordinator duties at UAB with Tyson Summers, who also coaches the Blazer safeties.

Wozniak has been on the staffs of several successful programs since he began his coaching career in 1999. Last season, the 33-year-old Wozniak served as offensive coordinator at West Georgia. He has also coached at Memphis (2009), Montana State (2008), Georgia Southern (2006), LSU (2005 and 2007), Oklahoma State (2004) and Knox (Ill.) College (1999-2003).

"We're excited about John joining our staff," said Callaway. "He is a young coach, but he has been at several places with successful programs. He brings a lot of energy and knowledge of the game. We're excited to have him."

Wozniak was the special teams coordinator at Memphis in 2009 and held similar responsibilities, along with coaching tight ends, at Montana State in 2008. While at Montana State, all three of Wozniak's position players earned All-Big Sky Conference honors. Tight end Brandon Bostick led the team in touchdowns and was third in receptions despite playing in just seven games. Punter Erik Fisher ranked 15th nationally averaging 41.8 yards per kick, and place kicker Jason Cunningham was 13-of-19 on field goal attempts. The punt return unit blocked five punts during the season, as the squad was 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big Sky.

Wozniak spent one season at Georgia Southern where he held the position of tight ends and special teams coach. The Eagles led the Southern Conference and ranked 14th nationally in kickoff returns, and they also ranked 29th nationally in punt returns. He had a pair of stops in Baton Rouge as a member of the LSU coaching staff. Wozniak was a graduate assistant at LSU for receivers and special teams in 2005 as the Tigers finished 11-2 and played in the SEC Championship game and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

He returned to LSU in 2007 as a quality control coach working with Tiger receivers and quarterbacks. That year, LSU won the BCS National Championship and finished the season ranked No. 11 nationally in scoring and rushing. In his two seasons at LSU, Wozniak worked with six players who went on to play in the NFL.

At Oklahoma State in 2004, Wozniak worked with the receivers and special teams. Wozniak began his coaching career at his alma mater, Knox, and served on the staff for the Prairie Fire from 1999-2003. He coached tight ends and punters in 1999 before being elevated to offensive coordinator in 2000. In his four seasons as offensive coordinator, Knox's offense set 15 offensive school records while 19 players earned all-conference honors.

"I am real excited to be a part of the UAB family," Wozniak said of his appointment. "I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Coach Callaway and be a part of the staff here. UAB is a special place and has a great opportunity to win."

Wozniak is a 1999 graduate of Knox, where he earned degrees in physics and secondary education. He received his master's degree in kinesiology and sport management from LSU in 2009.

He was a standout all-conference quarterback and wide receiver at Knox as a player.