Greg Debeljak
Greg Debeljak
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 216-368-2864

Greg Debeljak is in his 14th season as the head football coach at Case Western Reserve in 2017. In his time at CWRU, he has compiled an impressive overall record of 91-42 (.684) and led the Spartans to an unbelievable 38-game regular season winning streak from 2006-10.

Debeljak was named head coach at CWRU on March 24, 2004 after serving for 15 years as an assistant coach in the local college ranks.

Debeljak guided the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons, NCAA Playoff appearances and University Athletic Association titles from 2007-09. And from 2007-14, Case Western Reserve posted an overall record of 59-14, earning Debeljak and his assistants the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons from 2007-09 and again in both 2011 and 2016.

Additionally, Case Western Reserve has been ranked in the top 25 in the nation in six of the last 10 seasons, including its 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.

Debeljak’s Spartans also excel in the classroom, annually ranking amongst the nation’s leaders in team GPA. During his time, 12 Spartans have earned Capital One Academic All-America® honors while three have been named a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy (commonly referred to as the Academic Heisman).

A graduate of nearby Mentor High School, Debeljak served as CWRU's 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 offensive coordinator.

Debeljak Year-by-Year
Year Overall UAA PAC
2004 5-5 2-1  --
2005 3-7  0-3  --
2006 5-5  1-2  --
2007 11-1# 3-0*  --
2008 10-1^  3-0*  --
2009 10-1^ 3-0* --
2010 8-2  1-2 --
2011  9-1 3-0* --
2012 6-4 2-1 --
2013 5-4 2-1 --
2014 3-7 1-2 3-5
2015 7-3 1-2 6-2
2016 9-1 2-1* 7-1
Overall 91-42 24-15 16-8
* - UAA Champions
# - NCAA Playoffs 2nd Round
^ - NCAA Playoffs 1st Round

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 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 '13 and Allison '15, were both women's soccer student-athletes at Case Western Reserve.

Debeljak Highlights

  • 91-42 (.679) 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)
  • Six-time UAA Coaching Staff of the Year (2004, '07, '08, '09, '11, '16)
  • Five UAA Championships (2007-09, '11, '16)
  • NCAA Playoffs (2007-09)
  • Three finalist for Gagliardi Trophy (DIII Player of the Year)
  • 12 Capital One Academic All-Americans®
  • Three semifinalists for Draddy Trophy (Academic Heisman)


Last updated December 2016