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John Amendt
Position: Defensive Coordinator
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John Amendt returned to Penn sprint football in 2010 as its defensive coordinator. He is responsible for coaching linebackers and special teams. He brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team as he has been involved in college football coaching for over 20 years.

Penn boasted the CSFL's leading tackler in 2013 under Amendt's guidance, in defensive back Stu Helgeson (62 tackles).

In 2012, his third season back with Penn, Amendt coached nine players that received All-CSFL honors. That group of players included first-team lineback Anthony DiBella and three second-teamers in linebackers Jack Miller and Matt Pelligrino, and defensive lineman Mack Pierson.

During the 2011 season, Amendt was responsible for coaching three players that were named first-team All-CSFL. Included in that trio was linebacker Matt Cuccinello, who led the CSFL in tackles with 74. Under Amendt, Penn also had a first-team defensive lineman and defensive back that same season.

Prior to the 2010 season, he coached defensive backs at Widener University. In 2008, he coached Tavon Davis to first team All-MAC and helped Orlando Brown be named honorable mention Division III All-America and first-team All-MAC in 2007. In 2006, he coached safety Todd Fairle to All-America and first-team All-MAC honors.

Previously, Coach Amendt spent 11 years with Penn's sprint team, helping them to three league titles. He was defensive coordinator for nine years and also coached linebackers and special teams. In 2000, his defense helped Penn to an undefeated season, including wins over Army and Navy.

Prior to Penn, Amendt was a tight ends and running backs coach at West Chester University and aided in appearances at the NCAA Division II national playoff two out of his three years. While there, two of his players were named Division II All-Americans.

At the high school level, Amendt was the head coach at Roman Catholic High School and an assistant at West Catholic High School and Mastbaum High School in Philadelphia. He also served as the head coach of the Upper Darby Sharks, a semi-pro team, making the playoffs twice in three years. As a player, Amendt was a member of West Catholic's 1965 City Championship team.

Amendt is married to Linda Vanderslice-Amendt and has two children, Alisha and John III and daughter-in-law Kimberly.

He has a B.A. from Eastern College and is president and owner of A. Amendt Pest Control Co. Inc. in Glenolden, Pa.

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