Jan. 13, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami Head Football Coach Don Treadwell began putting together his coaching staff today (Jan. 13) with the hiring of the offensive and defensive coordinators. John Klacik, formerly head coach at Lock Haven, and Kent State's Pete Rekstis will lead the respective units for the RedHawks.
"With experience as a head coach, John Klacik brings so much more to Miami Football. He understands the big picture of a program," Treadwell said. "Pete won a national championship as a player and has been an outstanding defensive coach at every stop. He will make an immediate impact with our defense."
Klacik, who will have a specific role as offensive line coach, brings over 25 years of coaching experience to Miami, including 19 at the FBS and FCS levels. He just wrapped up his sixth season as head coach at his alma mater, Lock Haven, trying to restore the Bald Eagle program to prominence.
Previously, he spent all but one season of his coaching career at Youngstown State and was a part of four NCAA I-AA National Championship teams. He started with the Penguins as the tight ends coach, working his way up the ladder through the offense, moving to wide receivers, quarterbacks, offensive line and then as offensive coordinator for his last four seasons. Klacik worked under current Ohio State University head coach Jim Tressel for 12 years. He also spent the 2000 season at Division I Wake Forest University, working with the quarterbacks before returning to YSU in his most recent role. While with the Demon Deacons, Klacik worked under current Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell.
A standout wide receiver, Klacik graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports/fitness management from LHU in 1988. He led the Bald Eagles in receiving yards in each of his four seasons at the Haven, ranking eighth in school history with 1,976 career yards.
Klacik and his wife, Amy, have three children: Abbey, Hannah and John III.
Rekstis, who just finished his seventh season as Kent State's defensive coordinator and safeties coach, has a reputation as an outstanding defensive mind, a great motivator and a solid recruiter and developer of NFL-caliber talent. Since Rekstis took over in 2004, a pair of Golden Flash defensive backs have been selected in the NFL draft: Usama Young (Saints, 3rd Round, 2007) and Jack Williams (Broncos, 4th Round, 2008); while Abe Elam (Browns) and Daniel Muir (Colts) have gone on to find success via the free agency route. This past season, defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix became the first freshman ever to win the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year award.
In 2010, Kent State ranked second in the country in tackles for loss (8.3), fifth in rushing defense (97.2), 11th in sacks (2.9) and 13th in total defense (306.7), setting a school record with 35 sacks. The Golden Flashes held two opponents to negative yards rushing.
Prior to coming to Kent State, Rekstis coached the secondary at his alma mater, Youngstown State, from 1999-2003 and coordinated the Penguins' defense the last three seasons. In 1999, Youngstown State posted a record of 12-3 and advanced to the Division I-AA national championship game. In Rekstis' five years at YSU, the Penguins intercepted 74 passes, an average of nearly 15 per season.
Before returning to Youngstown State, Rekstis served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Austin Peay from 1997-98 and as defensive coordinator at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 1994-96. He was a four-year starter at free safety at Youngstown State from 1987-90, where he played for Tressel and helped the Penguins to a record of 32-16.
A native of Cleveland, Rekstis graduated from Youngstown State in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in history. He and his wife Gina have three daughters, twins Jessica and Sara, and Natalie, and a son, Pete III (Trey).