PHILADELPHIA - As the spring football season comes to a close at the University of Pennsylvania, head coach Ray Priore is rounding out his staff. The Quakers officially introduced Jeff Blasko as tight ends coach on Wednesday. Blasko comes to Penn after holding the same position for three seasons at Kansas.
"We have been extremely lucky with the additions to our coaching staff this offseason and this is another big gain for our program," Priore said. "I could not be more excited to have Jeff join the staff.His experience at schools like Florida and Kansas is invaluable, and his passion and enthusiasm for the game will certainly resonate through the office and with our players."
"I am ecstatic to be a part of the history and tradition of Penn Football and the Ivy League," Blasko said. "Coach Priore and his staff have done an incredible job of promoting a blue-collar environment that has driven this place to so much success. I can't wait to get started."
During his stint at KU, Blasko tutored tight end Jimmay Mundine, who earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors andwas a semifinalist for the John Mackey award which goes to the top tight end in the country.
Blasko arrived in Lawrence after serving as the Florida Gators’ offensive quality control coach in 2011, where he was promoted to quarterbacks coach for the team's Gator Bowl win over Ohio State.Prior to that, Blasko spent three seasons at Akron as a graduate assistant working in both recruiting and with the offense.
Blasko, a Pittsburgh, Pa., native coached in the Pennsylvania high school ranks before joining the Akron program. He was an assistant coach at Bethel Park High School (2006-07) and Steel Valley High School (2002-05), working on the offensive side of the ball with both teams.
Blasko graduated with his bachelor’s degree in information sciences from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh in 2005, before going on to earn his master’s degree in sports administration from Akron in 2009.