Pete Germano begins the third season of his second stint on the Ohio football coaching staff in 2019.
Prior to the 2019 season, head coach Frank Solich promoted Germano to co-defensive coordinator to go along with his duties coaching the defensive ends.
The Bobcats have won 18 games and captured back-to-back bowl wins over the past two years with Germano back on staff. After rolling to a 41-6 victory over UAB in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl, Ohio became the first Mid-American Conference team to post a shutout in a bowl win, blanking San Diego State, 27-0, in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl.
Germano continued the development of two young defensive ends in 2018 in right end Amos Ogun-Semore and right end Will Evans. Ogun-Semore logged 34 total tackles and three sacks while Evans recorded 29 stops (including six for loss), two sacks and two fumble recoveries. The defensive ends helpd Ohio lead both NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference with 32 turnovers gained.
In 2017, Germano oversaw the entire defensive line. Redshirt seniors Kevin Robbins and Trent Smart each posted 32 total tackles, with Smart compiling three sacks.
Germano returned to Ohio after spending five seasons as the defensive line coach at Fresno State. Under Germano, nose guard Tyler Davison was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference First Team pick (2013, '15) and a Second Team honoree in '14. Davison went on to be selected in the 2015 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints with the 18th pick in the fifth round -- Fresno State's first defensive lineman to drafted since Chris Carter in 2011. Davison started five games as a rookie for the Saints.
Andy Jennins (2012 All-Mountain West Second Team), Nikko Motta ('13 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention) and Claudell Louis ('15 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention) all excelled playing under Germano.
Germano's front three in the Bulldogs' 3-4 scheme helped Fresno State be one of the national leaders in sacks and tackles for loss, registering 40 sacks both 2012 and '13. Fresno State was No. 9 in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in sacks and 17th in tackles for a loss in 2012 while ranking fourth in tackles behind the line of scrimmage and sixth in sacks in '13.
In his 11 previous seasons (2001-11) coaching at Ohio, Germano oversaw the defensive line for three years, tight ends for four and outside linebackers for two. He was also the recruiting coordinator for eight seasons. In his 13 total seasons at Ohio, the Bobcats have won 117 games, captured three MAC East Division titles, made six bowl appearances and earned two bowl victories.
Germano came to Athens on Jan. 25, 2001, after two years as head coach at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. While there, he began the rebuilding process for the Spartans program, leading them to 2-8 and 3-7 records in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
Prior to taking over at CWRU, Germano spent nine years at Wabash College. He held various titles there, including defensive coordinator, strength coach, linebackers coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach. His defensive units led the conference six times while being nationally ranked on three occasions. Wabash won the conference title four times during the 1990s: 1991, '92, '94 and '98.
Germano began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Fairmont State (W.Va.) College. He started as its receivers/tight ends coach and then moved to defense, where he presided over the defensive line for one year. Germano's last three years at Fairmont State were spent as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. He helped the team earn a top-10 ranking in NAIA Division I and a playoff appearance in 1988.
Germano received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Ohio Wesleyan in 1982. While at OWU, he earned four letters in football and two in baseball. He went on to receive his master's degree in physical education and athletic administration from Bowling Green in 1983.
In 1984, he was selected as the head athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Reds' Double-A farm team, the Vermont Reds.
Germano was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball at Benedictine High School in Cleveland. In 2006, Germano was inducted into the Benedictine Athletic Hall of Fame. In football, he was a Special Mention All-Ohio selection, an All-District First Team pick and was one of 12 area players honored by the Cleveland Touchdown Club. Germano helped the Bengals reach the 1978 state baseball finals and was named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Scholastic team as a pitcher/shortstop. In basketball, he led the Bengals in scoring as a junior and senior and was also a co-captain.
He and his wife, Jackie, have three children; Nicole, Joey and Michael.