David Janezic
David  Janezic

Position:
Assistant Coach

Janezic, who spent his first year on the staff in 2017, brings more than 20 years of club, collegiate and professional experience, both as a player and a coach, to the Red Storm. Before coming to Queens, Janezic most recently served as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson.

In his first season with the Johnnies, Janezic helped the Red Storm usher in success on the pitch that had not been achieved in nearly a half a decade. The Johnnies turned in an overall record of 9-7-3 and a 5-2-2 mark in BIG EAST play, the program's best conference effort since 2009. Two Red Storm players earned major end-of-season awards, as Harry Cooksley garnered BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year honors while David Enstrom was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, Jack Shearer earned unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team and the Johnnies earned their first berth in the BIG EAST semifinals since 2011.

During his time at Fairleigh Dickinson, both of Janezic's recruiting classes were recognized by Top Drawer Soccer as some of the best in the nation, as they included three 2017 CONCACAF U-17 and U-20 national team players. Janezic mentored two NEC All-Rookie Team performers and saw nine of his newcomers start throughout the 2016 season. He also worked with the goalkeepers and was involved with all facets of the program. In addition to its accolades on the field, the program also had success in the classroom, maintaining a team GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout his time in Teaneck.

Prior to his time at FDU, Janezic served as an assistant at NJIT, where he helped the Highlanders reach new heights. In addition to being ranked for seven-consecutive weeks in the NSCAA Southeast Regional poll, the Highlanders also sported the 2014 Sun Belt Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and peaked at 105 in the RPI, the highest ranking in program history. Two of his recruits were also named to the Atlantic Sun All-Rookie Team following their transition to that conference. In conjunction with the team's on-field success, the Highlanders also carried a team GPA of 3.3 during Janezic's tenure in Newark.

Prior to NJIT, Janezic was the head coach at Brookdale Community College for the 2012 season, leading the Jersey Blues men's soccer team to the National Junior College Athletic Assocation Division III National Tournament. Brookdale finished with an 18-4-1 record and claimed the NJCAA Region XIX and Garden State Athletic Conference Championships with a 10-1-1 record in both the conference and region. Janezic was named both the Region XIX and GSAC Coach of the Year, as his team finished the season ranked sixth in the final NJCAA poll and ninth in the NSCAA rankings. His team led the nation in goals against average and was recognized by the school's board of trustees for discipline and Leadership.

At the same time, Janezic was also coaching the USSDA U-15/16 Academy and the NJSA 04-United States Development Academy, where he worked alongside current United State U-20 National Team Head Coach Tab Ramos.

Janezic served as the Director of Coaching for the Hazlet Soccer Association from 2002 to 2009 before returning to collegiate coaching as an assistant at Caldwell College. His collegiate coaching career began in 1997 as an assistant at his alma mater, Monmouth, where he remained until 2001.

Janezic played from 1992-96 at Monmouth, were he excelled as the team's captain and MVP. After graduation, he saw both indoor and outdoor professional action with the Philadelphia Kixx and the Central Jersey Riptide.

A Garden State native, Janezic played soccer starred for Raritan High School before moving on to West Long Branch.

Janezic and his wife Maryann, reside in Ocean, N.J., with daughter, Macy Quinn, and sons Landon Robert, Hudson Christopher and Grayson David..

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