Greg Debeljak completed his ninth season as the head football coach at Case Western Reserve in 2012. In his nine seasons, he has compiled an impressive overall record of 67-27 (.713) and led the Spartans to an unbelievable 38-game regular season winning streak from 2006-10. Debeljak was named the Spartans’ head coach on March 24, 2004 after serving for 15 years as an assistant coach in the local college ranks.
Debeljak led the Spartans to three-consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons, NCAA Playoff appearances and University Athletic Association titles from 2007-09. Since 2007, Case Western Reserve has posted an overall record of 54-10, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three-straight seasons from 2007-09 and once again in 2011. Five times in the past nine years, the Spartan staff has received that honor.
Additionally, Case Western Reserve has been ranked in the top 25 in the nation in four of the last six seasons, including their highest mark of No. 7 during the final regular season American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll in 2009.
Debeljak also was selected as one of five finalists in Division III for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award for three-straight years (2007-09) and was named the 2008 Lee Tressel Ohio College Coach of the Year by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
A graduate of nearby Mentor High School, Debeljak served as the Spartans’ associate head coach/offensive coordinator for three seasons before being named head coach. Highlighting his three years as the offensive coordinator, Case Western Reserve ranked first in all of NCAA Division III in passing offense and second in total offense in 2002.
Prior to coming to Case Western Reserve, Debeljak spent 12 years as an assistant (1988-00) at his alma mater, John Carroll University. At JCU, he was a graduate assistant during his first two seasons, before working eight years as the quarterbacks and receivers coach. Before his final season at John Carroll, he was promoted to the offensive coordinator position.
Debeljak was a member of the staff that produced NFL Pro Bowl linebacker London Fletcher, and he was the position coach for former Denver Broncos Head Coach and current New England Patriots' Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, Indianapolis Colts Personnel Director Tom Telesco, and former pros Tom Arth (Colts, Packers, Toronto [CFL]) and Larry Wanke (Giants).
Debeljak earned both his bachelor’s (1988) and master’s (1995) degrees from John Carroll, and he played basketball and football for the Blue Streaks. On the gridiron, he lettered four times, once as a defensive back (earning second-team all-league honors), twice as a quarterback and once as a receiver. As a basketball player, he helped lead the Blue Streaks to a pair of Presidents' Athletic Conference titles and held the school record for assists in a single game with 13.
Debeljak and his wife, Kelly, reside in Beachwood. Their two daughters, Ashley and Allison, are both student-athletes at Case Western Reserve.
Greg Debeljak Coaching Highlights
- 67-27 (.713) overall record
- 38-game regular season win streak (2006-10)
- 2008 Lee Tressel Ohio College Coach of the Year
- Three-time Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year finalist (2007, '08, '09)
- Five-time UAA Coaching Staff of the Year (2004, '07, '08, '09, '11)
- Four UAA Championships in six seasons (2007-09, '11)
- NCAA Playoffs (2007-09)