Southern Miss heads to Dallas for game week preparations on Monday.
Six new assistant coaches have been named.
John Wozniak joined head coach Todd Monken's first staff in January of 2013. Wozniak directs the special teams as well as coach the wide receivers.
In 2014, the Golden Eagle receiving corps collected 3,231 receiving yards, including 529 yards from senior Markese Triplett, who added on one touchdown.
Wozniak also oversee the progress of place kicker Corey Acosta, who was a first-team All-Conference USA pick. Acosta led the team in scoring with 78 points, including 19-of-25 field goal attempts and 21-of-23 extra point tries. Acosta also was named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award and was a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy.
Working alongside Monken during his first season who worked with the outside receivers his first year, Wozniak helped Southern Miss to 2,911 yards receiving in 2013. The wide receivers amassed 2,350 of the receiving yards. Wide receivers caught 16 of the 19 touchdown passes on the season.
In 2013, true freshman wide receiver Tyre'oune Holmes was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, as well as being named honorable mention All-C-USA. He led Southern Miss with 53 receptions. Holmes tallied 410 yards with two touchdowns. He had a receiving touchdown in USM's final two games, including a 3-yard touchdown reception in the Golden Eagles' 62-27 victory over UAB.
On special teams, Corey Acosta led the team with 57 points in Wozniak's first year at Southern Miss. Acosta was perfect on point after touchdown attempts, going 24-for-24. In addition, Acosta added 11 field goals, including making multiple FG tries in five games. The special teams unit did not allow a blocked punt during the 2013 season, while inducing a pair of touchbacks, 14 fair catches and downing 22 balls inside the 20 yard line. In addition, the special teams notched 10 punts of 50 yards or more on the season. The punt return team averaged 13.4 yards per return, while the kickoff return team posted a 19.7 average. The kickoff and punt units did not allow a return for a touchdown all season.
Wozniak came to the Golden Eagles after spending one season on the staff of the Alabama Crimson Tide, the 2012 National Champions. In Tuscaloosa, Wozniak primarily served as an off-the-field administrator and assistant, helping prepare game film and scouting preparations.
The 1999 graduate of Knox College is no stranger to success or to working with Coach Monken. The two share an alma mater and worked together at LSU in 2005 when Monken was the passing game coordinator and Wozniak served as a quality control assistant. That year, the Tigers finished 11-2 and played in the SEC Championship game and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Prior to his stint this season with Alabama, Wozniak was the running backs coach and co-special teams coordinator at UAB for the 2011 season. Wozniak has been on the staffs of several successful programs since he began his coaching career in 1999. In 2010, 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 (1999-03).
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 has also been a member of two national championship staffs, having worked at LSU during the 2007 season as a quality control coach with the Tiger receivers and quarterbacks. During that season, LSU finished the season with the No. 11 scoring and rushing offense in the nation.
Wozniak is a 1999 graduate of Knox College where he earned degrees in physics and secondary education while performing on the field as a standout all-conference quarterback and wide receiver.
|Wozniak at Glance|
|2010||West Georgia||Offensive Coordinator|
|2009||Memphis||Special Teams Coordinator|
|2008||Montana State||Tight Ends/Special Teams|
|2007||LSU||Offensive Quality Control|
|2006||Georgia Southern||Tight Ends/Special Teams|
|2005||LSU||Offensive Graduate Assistant|
|2004||Oklahoma State||Offensive Graduate Assistant|
|2000-03||Knox College||Offensive Coordinator|
|1999||Knox College||Tight Ends/Punters|
|2012||Alabama||BCS National Championship Game|
|2007||LSU||BCS National Championship Game|
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