Gansz puts the "Special" into Special Teams

One of the first things that June Jones did after accepting the head coaching position at Southern Methodist University was to turn to several of his close friends to join him. Perhaps the first one Coach Jones turned to was long time friend and former NFL head coach Frank Gansz Sr.

One of the first things that June Jones did after accepting the head coaching position at Southern Methodist University was to turn to several of his close friends to join him.

Perhaps the first one Coach Jones turned to was long time friend and former NFL head coach Frank Gansz Sr.

Gansz, who has spent 37 years in coaching, 24 which were in the NFL, thought he had finally turned in his whistle for the last time, when he retired two years ago.

"June and I are really close," Gansz told PonyStampede.com in an earlier interview. "June is one the greatest guys I have ever known. He called and said he needed me, June is the only one that could have got to give up retirement, and here I am."

Gansz and his wife were enjoying retirement, spending time with their children and grandkids.

"Family is really important to me," Gansz said. "This is the only job that I even considered and the only reason I took it was to help June out. June is like family to me. I was having a great time spending time with my grand kids."

When Coach Jones was searching for someone to run the Mustangs Special teams he turned to a man that puts the "Special" into Special teams.

Gansz and his son Frank Gansz Jr. are known as two of the best in the business when it comes to coordinating special teams on the college and professional levels. Frank Jr. is new special team coordinator at UCLA after spending the last two years at the same position for the Baltimore Ravens.

"He is one of the best if not the best," Jones said an earlier interview. "That's why I had to have him. He is a special coach but more importantly a special man. He will help teach these young men a lot about every aspect of the game."

When asked to tell SMU fans what to expect from the Mustangs special teams this fall, the veteran coach's voice elevated.

"We are going to be very aggressive," Gansz explained. "Our players will come together for each other. There will be a lot of attention to detail in everything we do. We have a lot of bright guys; we will use that to our advantage."

Gansz was extremely pleased with what he saw from the team during spring practice.

"I was really pleased how well the team accepted everything we threw at them," Gansz said. "They bought in better than any group I have ever been around. They believe in what we are doing."

According to Gansz, a big emphasis will be put on the special teams unit having fun and putting a priority on winning games.

"We have to play hard together," Gansz said. "We have to play to win the game, and special teams can make a difference in a lot of games, more importantly we are going to have fun in the process."

Gansz will play the best players available on special teams, requiring the Mustangs to be in excellent physical shape.

"We have to play smart and we have to be well conditioned," Gansz said. "Those two things will be key factors."

Gansz isn't surprised on how well the current team received Coach Jones and the new coaching staff.

"I'm not surprised," Gansz said. "If you don't love June Jones something is wrong with you. He is such a great coach, but a great man. He loves his players and coaches; we are a big happy family."


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