BALTIMORE, MD – Dan Wodicka, a 2014 Johns Hopkins graduate and a former member of the Blue Jay football coaching staff, will return to Homewood as Johns Hopkins' special teams coordinator and defensive line coach it was announced today by Greg Chimera, the James F. Margraff head coach of football. Wodicka fills the position most recently held by Harrison Green, who was promoted to defensive coordinator on March 6.
"Having the opportunity to bring Dan back to Homewood is exciting for the entire Johns Hopkins football family," Chimera noted. "He was one of the best players in school history and has quickly developed into one of the premier young coaches in the nation. Dan has a unique ability to connect with players, which will play an important role on special teams. We are fortunate to be adding his talent and unique perspective to an already outstanding defensive staff."
Wodicka spent the last two seasons as the wide receivers and tight ends coach at Williams College. The Ephs posted a record of 11-7 in his two seasons there after winning a total of just six games in the previous four years combined. Wodicka conducted daily positional meetings, assisted in the overall offensive game planning and was heavily involved in Williams' national recruiting. He coached First Team All-NESCAC selection Frank Stola in 2018 and developed one of the youngest receiving corps in the league into a unit that contributed 166 receptions for 1,819 yards in 2017.
After spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons as an assistant at Johns Hopkins, Wodicka moved to Division II Northern Michigan for the 2016 season. There, he coached the running backs and served as the team's video coordinator and helped Jake Mayon become the Wildcats' first 1,000-yard rusher since 2008.
During his first stint on the Blue Jay coaching staff (2014, 2015), Wodicka helped the Blue Jays to a 22-2 record, two Centennial Conference titles and two appearances in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs. He coached the Johns Hopkins wide receivers, oversaw the team's video operations and assisted in the development of all offensive and special teams game plans. Wodicka helped guide an offense that led the Centennial in scoring (37.2, 45.7) and total offense (434.4, 505.8) in 2014 and 2015 and he coached 2015 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year Bradley Munday.
A native of West Lafayette, Indiana, Wodicka graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in biomedical engineering. As a member of the Blue Jay football team, he earned First Team All-Centennial honors in 2011 and 2012 and second team honors in 2013 and was a also a two-time D3football.com All-South selection as well. He concluded his career with 260 receptions for 3,148 yards and 16 touchdowns and was the program's career receptions leader when he graduated.
As a player, Wodicka was a member of four Centennial Conference championship teams and helped the Blue Jays to a four-year record of 38-7 and three appearances in the NCAA Playoffs.