FRANK GANSZ JR.
Special Teams Coordinator
Frank Gansz Jr. was appointed Special Teams Coordinator of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 11, 2018.
Gansz Jr. brings significant coaching experience to the Tiger-Cats, including nine years as a special teams coordinator in the National Football League with the Oakland Raiders (1998-99), Kansas City Chiefs (2001-05) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He has also coached special teams at numerous NCAA schools, most recently at UCLA (2008-10) and under Jones at Southern Methodist University (2011-12).
Gansz Jr.’s most recent stint in the NFL came in 2007 with Baltimore. That season, the Ravens placed ninth in the league in punt returns and 10th in kickoff returns. In addition, placekicker Matt Stover made 27 of 32 field goals and all 26 single point convert attempts. His 27 field goals tied for 10th in the league. In 2006, Stover led NFL kickers with a 93.3% conversion mark, making 28 of 30 field goals, and ranked fourth among all kickers with 121 points. He was named a first alternate for the Pro Bowl. In addition, linebacker Gary Stills led the NFL with 44 special teams tackles, the second most in NFL history, and was also named a Pro Bowl first alternate. Rookie punter Sam Koch produced just three touchbacks, and downed 30 punts inside the 20 (fifth in NFL). He was second in the league with 12 punts inside the 10.
From 2001 to 2005, Gansz Jr. served as special teams coordinator with Kansas City, setting numerous records and helping the Chiefs tie a franchise record with 13 wins in 2003. Under Gansz Jr.’s tutelage, Dante Hall was named to the Pro Bowl in both 2002 and 2003 as a kick returner, and also led the NFL in most kick returns for touchdowns (10 – six on kickoffs and four on punts). Stills became the Chiefs’ all-time leader in special teams tackles (148) before later being re-united with Gansz Jr. in Baltimore. Gansz-led units also excelled in blocking punts and kicks, recording four blocked punts from 2001-02 and three blocked field goals in two seasons (2002-03).
In 2003, Gansz’s special teams units led the NFL with four touchdowns, as Hall returned two kickoffs and two punts for scores en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. Hall became the first player in NFL history to record a score on a kickoff return in four straight games. His touchdown in the divisional playoff game vs. Indianapolis gave him five overall returns on the season. Hall also broke a single-season franchise record with 2,446 combined net yards. Kansas City led the league in both punt return average (16.4) and kick return average (25.4), marking the only team to date to accomplish this feat in the NFL since 1995. The 16.4 punt return average broke a 43-year-old team record.
In Gansz Jr.’s second season with the Chiefs (2002), Hall scored on three kick returns (two punts and one kickoff) to earn his first Pro Bowl berth. In 2001, the Chiefs blocked two punts and partially blocked a third.
Prior to his tenure in Kansas City, he coached special teams for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons (1998-99), tutoring standouts Desmond Howard, Darrien Gordon and Napoleon Kaufman.
Gansz Jr. also held a wide range of coaching positions outside of the NFL. In 2010, his punting unit at UCLA ranked second in the nation in net punting, and redshirt sophomore punter Jeff Locke ranked fifth in the nation and first in the Pac-10 with an average of 45.8 yards per kick. Placekicker Kai Forbath tied the school record for field goals and was invited to the Senior Bowl along with long-snapper Christian Yount.
In 2009, Gansz Jr. was nominated for the Broyles Award, which honours college football’s top assistant coaches, after helping Forbath claim the Lou Groza Award and consensus first-team All-America honors. Forbath made 28 of 31 field goal attempts on the season, while UCLA also blocked five kicks, and scored a touchdown and two safeties on special teams.
In 2008, Aaron Perez led the Pacific-10 in punting, Forbath tied for the league lead in field goals and Terrence Austin set UCLA marks for all-purpose yards and kickoff return yards. The Bruins also blocked two punts for touchdowns and one extra point for a defensive conversion.
Before his NFL coaching career began, Gansz Jr. spent five seasons (1993-97) as tight ends and special teams coach at the University of Houston, setting a school record for kickoff return average in 1996. His units set another school record with an 87-yard punt return vs. SMU en route to the ConferenceUSA championship and a trip to the Liberty Bowl vs. Syracuse. He spent one season (1992) with the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League (NFL Europe). The Knights led the league in punt returns, kickoff returns, kickoff coverage and special team touchdowns (four). Gansz spent two years (1990-91) as tight ends/special teams coach at West Point, two years at the University of Pittsburgh, coaching special teams and the offensive line in 1988 and special teams and the secondary in 1989, and one season (1987) as a graduate assistant at Kansas, working with the wide receivers.
Gansz was a four-year defensive back at The Citadel, graduating with a B.A. in history in 1985. He is the son of the late legendary football coach Frank Gansz Sr. and is the founder of Gansz Sports LLC, a sports consulting business.
GANSZ JR.’S COACHING HISTORY
|2018||Special Teams Coordinator||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2013-14||Special Teams Coordinator||NFLPA – Collegiate Bowl Games|
|2011-12||Special Teams Coordinator||Southern Methodist University|
|2008-10||Special Teams Coordinator||UCLA|
|2006-07||Special Teams Coordinator||Baltimore Ravens|
|2001-06||Special Teams Coach||Kansas City Chiefs|
|1998-99||Special Teams Coordinator||Oakland Raiders|
|1993-97||Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach||University of Houston|
|1992||Special Teams Coordinator||NY/NJ Knights (WLAF)|
|1990-91||Assistant Football Coach||Army – US Military Academy|
|1988-89||Assistant Coach||University of Pittsburgh|
|1987||Graduate Assistant||University of Kansas|