John Amendt is starting his 25th season coaching college football, 17th season as a Penn Sprint Football coach (1993-2004, 2010 to present) and his 15th season as the Defensive Coordinator.
In his years on the Penn defensive side of the ball, Amendt has coached the defensive backs, linebackers, defensive line, special teams, punters and kickers. Under his defensive leadership, four Sprint League Championships - 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2010 were won. Upon his return to as the Defensive Coordinator in 2010, Amendt helped lead to Quakers to the League Co-championship by defeating the defending champions, Navy and breaking their 22 game winning streak.
His defense in the 2000 undefeated championship team held it opponents to 187 total yards per game, posted four shutouts, two against Cornell and two against Princeton, allowing just 43 points and in the perfect 6-0 season marked the first time the Red and blue defeated both Army and Navy in the same season.
In his tenure at Penn he has coached seven Academic All-Ivy honors, six Schmucker award winners (team M.V.P. award) 41 first team and 37 second team all-league players.
Amendt’s quotes on the qualities of all four league championship teams; “They love the game of football, competed and had a great attitude each day of practice, worked hard in the off season, played with heart and guts, enjoyed a shared brotherhood, and had outstanding leadership from their upper classmates”.
Prior to the 2010 season, he coached defensive backs at Widener University, from 2005 to 2009, helping the team to back to back ECAC titles and 2007 Mac title, and a top 20 Division III ranking and a trip to NCAA Division III playoffs with an undefeated conference mark. He tutored four all-conference players Orlando Brown, Tavon Davis, Todd Fairlie and John Martorel.
From 1988 to 1990 Amendt was a tight end and running back coach at West Chester University, aided in appearance at the NCAA Division II playoffs two out of his three years. The 1988 team was ranked No. 2 in the national Division II polls; the 1989 team was ranked No. 8 in the national polls. He coached running back Derrick Price and tight end Scott Asmen both First-team PSAC, with Asmen becoming an NFL free agent.
At the high school level, Amendt was the head coach of Roman Catholic High School. NFL All-Pro Marvin Harrison was a member of the team. He was an assistant defensive back and running back coach at West Catholic High School, Mastbaum High School and Arch Bishop Carroll High School.
He also served as the head coach of the Upper Darby Sharks, a semi-pro team, as offensive coordinator coaching quarterbacks and running backs making the playoffs twice in three years. Amendt, a former southwest Philadelphia native started his coaching career at St. Barnabas C.Y.O., and as head coach guided the team to a 12-1 championship season.
As a player, Amendt was a defensive back on the West Catholic High School 1965 city championship team.
He is an avid golfer, scoring three hole-in-one’s in the last 12 years. He has also played and coached ice hockey and softball.
Amendt is President and Owner of A. Amendt Pest Control Co, Inc. of Glenolden, PA, which was established in 1955 by his parents, John and Philomena.
He has a B.A. from Eastern College
Coach Amendt is married to Linda and has two children, Alisha and John III, daughter in law, Kimberly and grandson John IV.