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John Lizak
John Lizak
Title: Assistant Football Coach (Offensive Line)

John Lizak starts his 11th season as offensive line coach at the University of Chicago in 2020.

During his tenure with the Maroons, Lizak has produced 13 All-UAA and six All-MWC players on the offensive line. Those players have totaled nine First Team All-UAA selections, including John Tabash three times.

The 2019 season saw UChicago rank highly on the national scene in several categories, including 12th in third-down conversion percentage (.508) and 27th in rushing offense (225.4 YPG). The offense scored 30.3 points per game. Center Doug Barkauski was named Third Team All-Region by The offense averaged 5.2 yards per carry and completed 61.7 percent of its passes.

The 2018 Maroons set a new school mark for points scored (365) in a season. The team's 63 points versus Beloit College also set a modern-era record. The squad ranked seventh in the nation in red zone offense. Quarterback Jeffrey Jackson broke the school record for completion percentage as well (64.5 percent).

Lizak's 2017 offensive line blocked for record-setting running back Chandler Carroll, who set new school marks for career touchdowns (46), career rushing touchdowns (37), career points (276), career rushing attempts (859) and touchdowns in a season (18).

The 2016 Maroon offense produced the most prolific season in school history, breaking 10 team records and 11 individual records (career, season and game). The offensive line blocked for quarterback Burke Moser, who finished second in the nation in both passing yards (3,766) and completions per game (31.7).  Running back Chandler Carroll ran for more than 1,000 yards for the second-straight year (1,077).

In 2015, UChicago's offensive line helped pave the way for the school's first 1,000-yard rusher in 19 years. Running back Chandler Carroll put up the sixth-highest season total in school history (1,060 yards) and also broke the single-game rushing mark with 305 yards.

Lizak's offensive lines helped quarterbacks Burke Moser and Marshall Oium set a combined 15 school records. Lizak was also part of the 2010 and 2014 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year when the Maroons won a pair of UAA Championships.

Prior to coming to UChicago, Lizak served as offensive line coach at Elmhurst College for nine years, where he developed four All-CCIW players and two Honorable Mention All-Americans. In 2005, Andy Brogan (TE) and Andrew Cook (C) were both Honorable Mention All-Americans and All-Region selections.

Lizak took part in the published Coaches Choice DVD, "Pass Pro Fundamentals". He's been a keynote speaker at various clinics over the years. He's worked at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offensive/defensive line clinic, Chicago Public School football clinic and Niles West High School football clinic.

Lizak graduated from North Central College in 1995 with a degree in finance and earned All-CCIW honors as an offensive lineman in 1994. He is also the older brother of former UChicago defensive lineman Ed Lizak.