David Janezic
David  Janezic

Position:
Assistant Coach

Janezic, who enters 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. Most recently, Janezic served as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson prior to joining the Red Storm.

"I'm excited for this new opportunity to work with Dr. Dave Masur "said Janezic. "Dr. Masur is one of the most successful coaches in college soccer and has high expectations for the program. I'm looking forward to getting started with him, the department and the rest of the staff and our players on achieving those goals. I'm also very grateful to Seth Roland, Head Coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University for giving me a tremendous opportunity in this profession and for his continued support of my career."

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 and Hudson Christopher.

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