Bucs name UT assistant as new quarterbacks coach

January 23rd, 2015 by Staff

Bajakian worked on Lovie Smith's staff with the Chicago Bears for three seasons.

(BTLS Staff) TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new quarterbacks coach.

Mike Bajakian comes to the team after spending the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the University of Tennessee. He was part of the coaching staff that led the Volunteers to their first bowl appearance since 2010.

UT went 4-1 in their final five games of 2014 behind freshman quarterback Joshua Dobbs. Bajakian’s coaching had a lot to do with Dobbs’ growth under center as the team defeated Iowa, 45-28, in the Taxslayer Bowl.

During the end of the year stretch the Vols averaged 37 points per game.

Bajakian also worked as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Cincinnati from 2010-12.

Bucs head coach Lovie Smith is familiar with the new coach as he served as an offensive quality control assistant with the Chicago Bears from 2004-06. Bajakian was on the Chicago staff in 2006 when the team won the NFC championship before losing to the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl.

Bajakian got his start in coaching in 1996 when he served as the QB coach/passing game coordinator for the Delbarton (Morrisotwn, NJ) High School football team. He’s also coached at Rutgers and Central Michigan.

He is a native of River Vale, New Jersey and was an All-New England Small College Athletic Conference selection at Williams College.

Bajakian and his wife Michelene have three children – Mary, Anna and Emma.

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