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Mike Sewak, who owns 32 years of coaching experience at the college level, including four
In his nine seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Sewak’s offensive lines have paved the way for Georgia Tech to lead the ACC and rank among the top 10 teams nationally in rushing offense every year. The Jackets led the nation in rushing in 2010 and 2014 and ranked second in 2009 and 2011. In all, Georgia Tech has rushed for 35,471 yards in Sewak’s nine seasons with the program, the highest rushing total in the nation during that span.
Tech has also finished among the nation’s top 25 in fewest sacks allowed each of the past eight seasons, including top-five rankings in 2014 (second) and 2009 (fourth).
Sewak has coached 10 all-ACC honorees that have collected all-conference recognition a total of 18 times during his nine seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Three of his offensive linemen at Tech have been named all-America — Cord Howard (second-team in 2009), Omoregie Uzzi (second-team in 2011, third-team in 2013) and Shaquille Mason (first-team, 2014).
Sewak’s Georgia Tech pupils that have gone on to play in the NFL include, Mason, a fourth-round draft pick by the New England Patriots in 2015 and member of the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI championship squad, and Andrew Gardner, who was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2009 draft and went on to enjoy an eight-year pro NFL career.
Despite being forced to use eight different combinations of starting offensive linemen over the course of 13 games due to injuries in 2016, Sewak’s offensive line once again helped Georgia Tech lead the ACC and ranked ninth in the nation in rushing offense (258.1
Other highlights from Sewak’s first nine seasons on The Flats include:
- three linemen earning all-ACC recognition in 2012, 2014 and 2015;
- having multiple linemen receive all-conference accolades in seven of his nine
- helping set school records for rushing yards (4,789) and rushing yards per game (342.1) while also allowing just 0.79 sacks per contest in 2014;
- helping pave the way for the Yellow Jackets to lead the ACC in total offense four times (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014);
- Sean Bedford, who came to Georgia Tech as a walk-on defensive lineman, blossoming into a two-time first-team all-ACC honoree and winner of the 2010 Burlsworth Trophy (nation’s top former walk-on).
Prior to his arrival at Georgia Tech in 2008, Sewak spent nine seasons at Georgia Southern, first as head coach Paul Johnson’s offensive coordinator from 1997-2001, then, following Johnson’s departure to Navy, as head coach from 2002-05.
Sewak produced a record of 35-14 in four seasons as Georgia Southern’s head coach and led the Eagles to three NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances and two Southern Conference championships.
In his first season as head coach in 2002, Sewak led Georgia Southern to the Division I-AA semifinals and came within a last-second missed field goal of advancing to the national title game. The Eagles finished with an 11-3 record, won the school’s
Georgia Southern followed with an uncharacteristic 7-4 mark in 2003, a season which saw Sewak valiantly sidestep adversity and numerous key injuries to guide the Eagles to victories in six of its last eight games. Once again, GSU won the I-AA rushing title with 335.6 yards per game on the ground.
Sewak put Georgia Southern back on track in 2004. The Eagles rolled through the regular season with an offensive juggernaut, averaging 47 points per game and winning eight games in a row between losses to Georgia and Southern Conference co-champion Furman, the No. 2 ranked team in I-AA. For his efforts, Sewak was named the 2004 SoCon Coach of the Year.
While young on both sides of the ball, Georgia Southern once again led I-AA in rushing in 2005. After a 1-2 start, the Eagles won seven of their last eight games, including a win over No. 1-ranked Furman, to clinch another playoff berth. The only loss during that stretch was to Appalachian State, the SoCon champion and eventual I-AA national champion.
As offensive coordinator under Johnson at Georgia Southern from 1997-2001, Sewak’s offensive unit consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best at the Division I-AA level and played a key role in the Eagles going 62-10, winning five SoCon titles, advancing to the I-AA playoffs five times, advancing to the national title game three times and winning two national titles.
The Eagles rolled up 25,941 rushing yards (360.3
Sewak’s coaching resume also includes:
- serving as offensive coordinator at Ohio in 1995 and ‘96, helping lead head coach Jim Grobe’s squad to eight wins in two seasons after the Bobcats went winless the year before Sewak’s arrival. OU led the Mid-American Conference in rushing in 1996.
- eight seasons as an assistant coach at Hawai’i (1987-94), where he coached wide receivers for one year and the offensive line for seven under offensive coordinator Paul Johnson. During Sewak’s eight seasons in Honolulu, Hawai`i won the 1992 Western Athletic Conference championship, broke more than 150 offensive records and finished among the nation’s offensive leaders each year, averaging 31.7 points and 418 yards per game.
- his first stint at Georgia Southern (1985-86), where he coached running backs in Paul Johnson’s offense and helped lead the Eagles to their first two NCAA Division I-AA national championships. Sewak also coached defensive backs during his initial stint at GS;
- a season at Georgia Tech as a graduate assistant under head coach Billy Curry, coaching tight ends for a team that featured current Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof as a standout linebacker;
- his first job as a collegiate coach, serving as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Hobart (N.Y.) College from 1982-83.
In all, Sewak has served on the same staff as Johnson for all but eight years of his 32-year coaching career.
Sewak earned three letters as an offensive lineman at Virginia (1978-80) and earned a degree in psychology from
Before embarking on his coaching career, Sewak was invited to professional football tryouts with the Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.
He and his wife, the former Robin Farmery of Marietta, Ga., are the parents of three children – Michael-Robert,
|THE MIKE SEWAK FILE|
|Family||wife Robin; children Michael Robert, Olivia, Nicholas|
|Alma Mater||Virginia, 1981 (bachelor's)|
|Georgia Southern, 2008 (master's)|
|1982-83||Hobart||Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach|
|1984||Georgia Tech||Graduate Assistant|
|1985-86||Georgia Southern||Assistant Coach|
|1995-96||Ohio||Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach|
|1997-2001||Georgia Southern||Offensive Coordinator|
|2002-05||Georgia Southern||Head Coach|
|2008-11||Georgia Tech||Co-Offensive Line Coach|
|2012-present||Georgia Tech||Offensive Line Coach|