Gansz Jr.


Special Teams Coordinator

Frank Gansz, Jr. was appointed Special Teams Coordinator of the Hamilton Tiger Cats June 11, 2018.

In his first season with the Tiger-Cats, Gansz Jr. led a special teams group that registered the CFL’s third-best kickoff return average (21.9 yards) and tied for the third-most kickoff return touchdowns (2), despite using several different returners due to injury.

Gansz Jr. brings nearly three decades of significant coaching experience in the NFL, NCAA/FBS and CFL.  During his nine years as a Special Teams Coordinator in the National Football League, Gansz Jr. coached under three Super Bowl winning head coaches: Dick Vermeil, Brian Billick and John Gruden.  Gansz Jr. is an energetic and dynamic leader who combines his motivational skills and technical knowledge to elevate players to their highest level of performance.

Gansz Jr. spent 15 years coaching in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision at SMU, UCLA, The University of Houston, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, The University of Pittsburgh, and The University of Kansas. In 2009, while an assistant coach at UCLA, Gansz Jr. was nominated for the Broyles Award, the annual award given to the best Division I assistant football coach in college football.

Gansz Jr. has coached numerous Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees (Morten Andersen, Will Shields, Willie Roaf, Tim Brown, Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden), and All-Pro/Pro Bowl players (Dante Hall, Gary Stills, Ed Reed, Matt Stover, Desmond Howard, Charles Woodson).

Gansz Jr. has served on the Boards of numerous non-profit organizations and in 2016 founded Gansz Sports, a consulting business that works with teams, coaches and players.

Gansz Jr. graduated from The Citadel in 1985 where he played defensive back.  He attended the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX.  He is the son of legendary special teams coach, Frank Gansz, a former NFL head coach and long-time NFL assistant coach.

Coaching Timeline

2018: Hamilton Tiger Cats-Canadian Football League-CFL

Special Teams Coordinator

2016-Present: Gansz Sports

Founder and Consultant

  • A dynamic keynote speaker at schools, businesses and community events.

2013-2014: NFL Players Association

Special Teams Coordinator

  • As the Special Teams Coach during the annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Game, Gansz Jr. was a part of the two-time winning National Team under head coach Dick Vermeil.

2011-2013: Southern Methodist University-FBS

Special Teams Coordinator

  • BBVA Compass Bowl Champions (January 7, 2012) defeating University of Pittsburg 28-6.
  • Battle of Iron Skillet Rivalry Champions (October 1, 2011) defeating 20th ranked TCU 40-33 in overtime.
  • 2012 Hawaii Bowl Champions (December 24, 2012) defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs 43-10.
  • Coached numerous All Conference Players.

2008-2011: University of California at Los Angeles-FBS

Special Teams Coordinator

  • 2009 Nominated for Broyles Award Assistant Coach of the Year .
  • 2009 Eagle Bank Bowl Champions (December 29, 2009) defeating Temple Owls 30-21.
  • 2009 Coached Consensus All American and Lou Groza Award Winner Kicker Kai Forbath.
  • Coached numerous All American and All Pac 12 Players.

2006-2008: Baltimore Ravens-NFL

Special Teams Coordinator

  • 2006 AFC North Champions.
  • 2006 Matt Stover #1 in NFL Field Goal Percentage 93.3% and Ravens Ring of Honor.
  • 2006 Gary Stills finished as top special teams tackler with a Ravens record and career-high 44 special teams tackles.

2001-2006: Kansas City Chiefs-NFL

Special Teams Coordinator

  • 2003 AFC West Champions.
  • Dante Hall-only player in NFL history to score on kick returns in 4 consecutive games; 2nd player in NFL history to return a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in the same game.
  • 2003 Chiefs led the league in both NFL Punt Return (16.4) and Kickoff Return Average (25.4), marking the only team to date to accomplish this feat since 1995. The 16.4 punt return average broke a 43-year-old team record.

1998-2000: Oakland Raiders-NFL

Special Teams Coordinator

  • Coached in 1999 Senior Bowl.

1992-1998: University of Houston-FBS

Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach

  • 1996 Conference USA Champions.
  • 1996 Liberty Bowl Game.
  • Ranked #25.

1992: New York/New Jersey Knights-World League American Football

Special Teams Coordinator

  • Ranked #1 Team in Kick- off Return, Punt Return, Kick-off Coverage and Punt Coverage.
  • Ranked #1 Special Teams in the League.

1990-1991: United States Military Academy at West Point-FBS

Assistant Coach

  • Defeated Naval Academy twice as Varsity Assistant and Junior Varsity Head Coach.

1989-1990: University of Pittsburgh-FBS

Assistant Coach

  • 1989 John Hancock Sun Bowl Champions defeating Texas A&M 31-28.
  • Ranked #17.

1987-1988: University of Kansas-FBS

Graduate Assistant



Baltimore Ravens 2006-2008 Special Teams Coordinator
Kansas City Chiefs 2001-2006 Special Teams Coordinator
Oakland Raiders 1998-2000 Special Teams Coordinator
Southern Methodist University 2011-2013 Special Teams Coordinator
University of California at Los Angeles 2008-2011 Special Teams Coordinator
University of Houston 1992-1998 Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
United States Military Academy at West Point 1990-1991 Assistant Coach
University of Pittsburgh 1989-1990 Assistant Coach
University of Kansas 1987-1988 Graduate Assistant
Hamilton Tiger Cats 2018-Present Special Teams Coordinator
Collegiate Bowl Game 2013-2014 Special Teams Coordinator
New York/New Jersey Knights 1992 Special Teams Coordinator