After spending nearly four decades in the coaching ranks, Bob Junko moved to the administrative side of college football in 2007. Serving as Pitt's director of player development and high school relations, Junko is a natural for the role given his tremendous football acumen and contacts.
Junko makes invaluable contributions to Pitt's annual recruiting efforts and alumni outreach. A past honoree on Rivals.com's Top 25 Recruiters list, he is widely known and respected throughout the tri-state area.
The 2014 season marks the 18th year of Junko's second tour at Pittsburgh. He initially coached at Pitt from 1982-85, serving as defensive coordinator under head coach Foge Fazio. He returned in 1997 as defensive tackles coach under Walt Harris and was elevated to assistant head coach in 2000.
Prior to returning to Pittsburgh, Junko was the defensive coordinator at Kent State from 1995-96. Junko also served as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator for seven years at Akron (1988-94). He additionally held similar positions at Northwestern, TCU and Tulsa, his alma mater.
In his first stint with the Panthers, the 1982 team received a Cotton Bowl bid and finished ninth in the country. The 1983 Panthers earned a Fiesta Bowl berth and ranked 19th in the final polls.
Among the standouts on those defenses were tackle Bill Maas, defensive end Chris Doleman and defensive backs Tim Lewis and Tom Flynn, all of whom went on to careers in the NFL. Doleman was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
As a collegian, Junko starred at Tulsa as an inside linebacker and was an Honorable Mention All-American in 1967. He also was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team twice and served as Tulsa's captain.
Junko earned a bachelor's degree in history education in 1968 and his master's in educational administration in 1970 at Tulsa. He was inducted into the University of Tulsa Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Junko's wife's name is Judy. Their family includes sons Jay and his wife Kim, Jeff and his wife Meredith, and Mike and his wife Mistydae. Bob and Judy have eight grandchildren: Ryan, Joshua, Caleb, Bryn, Ethan, Lila Rose, Owen and Derek.
|BORN||July 4, 1946|
|ALMA MATER||Tulsa, 1968|
|FAMILY||Junko's wife's name is Judy. Their family includes sons Jay and his wife Kim, Jeff and his wife Meredith, and Mike and his wifeMistydae. Bob and Judy have eight grandchildren: Ryan, Joshua, Caleb, Bryn, Ethan, Lila Rose, Owen and Derek.|
|TULSA, 1968-75||1968, Graduate Assistant; 1969, Freshman Coach, 1970-74, Linebackers; 1975, Defensive Coordinator|
|TCU, 1976-81||1976-81, Defensive Coordinator, 1979-81, Assistant Head Coach|
|PITTSBURGH, 1982-85||Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers|
|NORTHWESTERN, 1986-87||Defensive Coordinator|
|AKRON, 1988-94||Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator|
|KENT STATE, 1995-96||Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers|
|PITTSBURGH, 1997-Present||1997-2005, Defensive Tackles; 2000-2006, Assistant Head Coach; 2006, Recruiting Coordinator; 2007-12, Director of Football Relations and Program Enhancement; 2013-Present, Director of Player Development and High School Relations|
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