Pete Germano is in his first season as an assistant coach and in his second stint on staff with the Bobcats, overseing the defensive line.
Germano returns to Ohio after spending five seasons as the defensive line coach at Fresno State. Prior to his time at FSU, Germano spent the previous 11 seasons at Ohio.
Under Germano, nose guard Tyler Davision was a two-time first-team All-MW pick (2013, 2015) and a second-team honoree in 2014. Davison went on to be drafted 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 -- and he started five games as a rookie for the Saints.
Andy Jennins (second-team honoree in 2012), Nikko Motta (honorable mention in 2013) and Claudell Louis (honorable mention in 2015) all excelled playing under Germano.
Germano’s front three in the Bulldogs’ 3-4 scheme have helped Fresno State be one of the national leaders in sacks and tackles for loss the past four seasons, registering 40 sacks both 2012 and 2013. Fresno State was No. 9 in the FBS in sacks and 17th in tackles for a loss in 2012 while ranking fourth in tackles behind the line of scrimmage in 2013 and sixth in sacks.
In his 11 previous seasons 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.
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 Spartan 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, linebacker 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, 1992, 1994 and 1998.
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.