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Don Wnek
Defensive Line Coach

Looking for somebody to sack the quarterback, then find a player coached by Birmingham defensive line coach Don Wnek, who directed the Canadian Football Leagues team sack champions in Memphis in 1995 and Montreal in 2000.

Wnek comes to the Thunderbolts from Montreal of the CFL, where he also served as defensive line coach. He helped guide the Alouettes to an Eastern Division title and a trip to the Grey Cup game this past season.

A veteran of the CFL coaching ranks, Wnek got his professional start in 1991 as defensive line and linebackers coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. For nine of the last 10 seasons he has coached on the defensive side of the ball for a CFL franchise.

In 1999 he was defensive coordinator for the British Columbia Lions. Prior to that Wnek took a turn as offensive line coach (1997) and defensive line coach (1996) in Montreal. Other CFL stops include defensive line and linebackers coach for the Memphis Mad Dogs (1995) and the Tiger-Cats (1991-94).

Wnek was also defensive line coach for the San Antonio Riders of NFL Europe in the spring of 1991 and 1992 and was defensive coordinator at the University of Nevada from 1982-88. His Nevada defense helped capture three Big Sky conference titles, including an undefeated season in 1986.

Wnek, 49, makes his home in Westmont, Quebec, Canada. His son, Eli, is a senior defensive end at the University of Arizona and was second team All-Academic Pac 10 Conference selection last season.

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