John Banaszak

John Banaszak
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Current position
Title Head coach (football)
Team Robert Morris
Conference NEC
Record 5–23
Biographical details
Born (1950-08-24) August 24, 1950
Cleveland, Ohio
Playing career
1972–1974 Eastern Michigan
1975–1981 Pittsburgh Steelers
1983–1984 Michigan Panthers
1985 Memphis Showboats
Position(s) Defensive end, defensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1998 Washington & Jefferson (DC)
1999–2002 Washington & Jefferson
2003–2013 Robert Morris (PA) (assistant)
2014–present Robert Morris (PA)
1995–1999 Washington & Jefferson
Head coaching record
Overall 43–32 (football)
56–84 (baseball)
Tournaments Football
3–4 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
4 PAC (1999–2002)

John Arthur Banaszak (born August 24, 1950) is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head football coach at Robert Morris University. Banaszak played in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1975 to 1981. He is a three-time Super Bowl Champion. Banaszak was a starter at right defensive end for the Steelers in Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV. He later played in the United States Football League (USFL), winning a championship as a starting defensive end for the Michigan Panthers in 1983. Banazak played for Michigan in 1983 and 1984 and for the Memphis Showboats in 1985.

After his football career, owned a chain of oil change centers and worked for the Peters Township Recreation Department.[1] In 1995, Banaszak became defensive coordinator of Washington & Jefferson College football team.[1] He was promoted to head coach in 1999.[2] He was fired from W&J after publicly exploring other coaching jobs.[1] He left the college as the third-most winning coach in school history.[1]

Banaszak was an assistant football coach under Joe Walton at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.[3] He officially began his duties as head coach at Robert Morris in December 2013

Banaszak was hospitalized in Pittsburgh on April 23, 2009 in serious condition. It was first reported that he had suffered multiple aneurysms. That was later found to be incorrect and he may have suffered from an overdose of aspirin which was being taken for neck pain.[4]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Washington & Jefferson Presidents (Presidents' Athletic Conference) (1999–2002)
1999 Washington & Jefferson 9–3 1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
2000 Washington & Jefferson 9–2 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
2001 Washington & Jefferson 11–1 1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
2002 Washington & Jefferson 9–3 4–0 1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
Washington & Jefferson: 38–9
Robert Morris Colonials (Northeast Conference) (2014–present)
2014 Robert Morris 1–10 1–5 T–6th
2015 Robert Morris 3–6 1–3 6th
2016 Robert Morris 1–7 0–3
Robert Morris: 5–23 2–11
Total: 43–32


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Former Steeler fired as W&J coach: Uncertainty spelled doom for Banaszak". Associated Press   via HighBeam Research (subscription required) . December 14, 2002. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  2. "Presidents Football 2009". Washington & Jefferson College. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
  3. Emert, Rich (October 30, 2006). "Q&A: John Banaszak: A three-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, he stays in the game as a college coach". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  4. Fabregas, Luis (April 25, 2009). "Former Steelers DE Banaszak recovering". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 2, 2011.

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