Jeff Pukszyn is entering his seventh season as Moravian’s head coach in 2017, and he is also the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He took over the position on July 1, 2011 after ten years as assistant head coach. In his first five years, Pukszyn has coached one All-American, 32 All-Centennial Conference players and a Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year.
In 2015, Pukszyn guided the Hounds to an 8-2 regular season and an 8-3 overall mark, just the fifth eight-win season in school history. The squad also played in the postseason with a berth in the inaugural Centennial Conference-Middle Atlantic Conference Bowl Series.
Pukszyn joined the Moravian staff as a part-time coach in 1997 after a three-year playing career that saw him named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference First Team in 1994 and 1996. He was also a two-time captain. Pukszyn joined the coaching staff full-time in 1999 as defensive coordinator and added the titles of assistant head coach in 2001 and special teams coordinator in 2007. He has been a part of 236 games for Moravian since 1994 with a 117-118-1 record.
Pukszyn coached one Division III Second Team All-American in 2001 in Jarrod Pence. That season, Pence led the country in passes defended with 31, and he had five interceptions and 51 tackles. Pence was also selected to the 2002 American Football Coaches Association DIII All-Star team. Pukszyn also produced three 100 tackle players and four shutouts in his 11 years as defensive coordinator.
In 2008, he coached the Greyhound defense to 11th in nation in Division III in turnover margin at 1.27 turnovers per game. He also had the defense ranked 42nd in the nation in pass defense only allowing 162.1 yards a game, and 42nd in scoring defense only allowing 17.8 points a game. They were also ranked 54th in total defense, only giving up 299.7 yards a game. They also had a terrific third-down percentage at 31 percent.
He had a career best in 2002 when he led Moravian’s defense to only allowing 16.4 points a game. Their rush defense was also good, allowing just six touchdowns on the ground and 93.9 yards a game. In 1999 and 2000, Pukszyn led the defensive unit to 27 sacks each season.
He resides in Hanover Township with his wife Erin and children: Emma, Jacob and Cole.
Coach Pukszyn's main recruiting territories are:
PA – Lehigh, Northampton, and Bucks
NJ – Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset and Sussex