Former Nebraska player and assistant coach Jeff Jamrog is in his seventh year as the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations for the Husker program in 2013.
A finalist for the 2012 FootballScoop.com Director of Football Operations of the Year, Jamrog plays a key role in the administrative aspects of the football program and serves as a liaison with other parts of the athletic department. He works closely with Coach Bo Pelini and Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst on all football operations and assists with NU’s recruiting efforts.
Jamrog also coordinates the travel, budget and staffing for the football office, spearheading football scheduling, overseeing the compliance, strength training, equipment and academic support units regarding football issues and also supervising football support staffs.
A former walk-on himself, Jamrog has also played a lead role in the resurgence of Nebraska’s walk-on program. Since Pelini has taken over the program, 26 former walk-ons have been placed on scholarship.
Former walk-on Spencer Long earned second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation in 2012, while Brett Maher was the 2012 co-Big Ten Place-Kicker of the Year after sweeping the honors as the conference’s best punter and kicker in 2011. Walk-on offensive linemen combined to start 43 games the past three seasons and overall, 10 members of NU’s 23-player 2013 senior class began their career as walk-ons.
On the scheduling front, Jamrog has took the lead in securing several future non-conference series. Nebraska has recently agreed to future games with fellow Big Eight rivals Colorado and Oklahoma and a series with 2012 BCS qualifier Northern Illinois.
Jamrog returned to Nebraska after spending four seasons as the head coach at Minnesota State-Mankato. The 49-year-old Jamrog guided his Maverick teams to a 17-27 overall record, including a 6-5 mark in 2004 - the program’s first winning season since 1994. The team boasted a six-game improvement in victories, which was not only a school record but tied for the fifth-largest single-season jump in NCAA Division II history.
The Maverick players coached by Jamrog also distinguished themselves in the classroom. Defensive lineman Spencer Dickinson earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America team in both 2006 and 2007. While leading the Maverick program, Jamrog handled many of the duties he encounters on a daily basis with the Huskers.
His four-year run at Minnesota State came after a brief stint as the defensive coordinator at Western Illinois in the spring of 2004. Prior to that appointment, Jamrog had spent the previous four seasons as the defensive line coach on Frank Solich’s staff at Nebraska.
Jamrog tutored the Huskers’ interior defensive linemen each of his four years on the defensive staff. In his final season, Jamrog also coached the defensive ends and was named special teams coordinator for the 2003 Huskers. During his time with the Huskers, Jamrog helped Nebraska play for the national championship in the Rose Bowl following the 2001 season, along with two trips to the Alamo Bowl (2000, 2003) and an appearance in the Independence Bowl (2002).
The 2003 Nebraska defense led the country in takeaways, while ranking second nationally in scoring defense. Jamrog’s special teams units were also among the nation’s best, totaling 21 blocked kicks and 11 punt returns for touchdowns in four years. With Jamrog as special teams coordinator in 2003, Nebraska led the Big 12 and ranked ninth nationally in net punting.
Before his first tenure on the Nebraska coaching staff, Jamrog spent three years as defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at New Mexico State. He helped Head Coach Tony Samuel turn around a program that had just two winning seasons in the previous 31 years.
Jamrog served as the defensive coordinator at Nebraska-Omaha from 1994 to 1996, and helped the Mavs to the 1996 North Central Conference title - the first outright title in school history. UNO earned a No. 4 national ranking, and improved by seven wins over 1995, the second-largest turnaround in Division II history. Jamrog was the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at the University of South Dakota from 1990 to 1993. He began his coaching career at Nebraska in 1988 and 1989 as a graduate assistant.
Originally a walk-on for the Huskers, Jamrog played for the freshman team in 1983, redshirted in 1984, then lettered for three years as a defensive end. As a senior, Jamrog started and had 66 tackles, eight sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Jamrog was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1987 and was an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. He was also the winner of the 1987 Guy Chamberlin Trophy.