Defensive Run Game Coordinator • Linebackers
Nick Lezynski, considered one of college football’s rising stars, joined the Vanderbilt staff in 2022 following four seasons at Notre Dame. Lezynski serves as Vanderbilt’s linebackers coach and 2023 will be his first season as defensive run game coordinator.
In his first season in Nashville, Lezynski helped linebacker Anfernee Orji complete his third consecutive season as the team’s leader in tackles. Orji’s 108 stops made him the first Vanderbilt player since 2005 to lead the team in tackles for three straight years. With 8.93 tackles per contest, no one in the SEC had more than Orji.
Orji joined fellow linebacker Ethan Barr as a team captain in 2021. Barr was named an Academic All-District selection after making 42 tackles in 12 games, including at least one tackle in every game on the season.
Lezynski’s four seasons at Notre Dame began in 2018 as a defensive graduate assistant. He spent three seasons on the defensive staff coordinated by Clark Lea before being promoted to senior defensive analyst in 2021 under the defense of current Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman.
While in South Bend, Lezynski helped the Fighting Irish to a pair of College Football Playoff berths (2018 and 2020), a Fiesta Bowl bid (2021) and a Camping World Bowl victory (2019). Notre Dame posted a 44-7 record over those four seasons and finished among the nation’s top-15 scoring defenses each season.
Prior to Notre Dame, Lezynski made coaching stops at Holy Cross, Lafayette and Connecticut. The Newtown, Pennsylvania, was a walk-on quarterback and cornerback for the Irish from 2007-11. He graduated from Notre Dame in 2011 with a degree in marketing from the Mendoza College of Business and earned a master’s in educational psychology from UConn. Lezynski and his wife, Jessica, have three daughters – Sloane, Bryn and Tatum
The Lezynski File
Hometown: Newtown, Pa.
High School: Notre Dame (Lawrenceville, N.J.)
College: Notre Dame (marketing, 2011) & UConn (educational psychology, 2016)
Children: Sloane, Bryn and Tatum
2012 • Holy Cross (Mass.) • Defensive Backs
2013 • Holy Cross (Mass.) • Defensive Backs
2014 • UConn • Graduate Assistant
2015 • UConn • Graduate Assistant
2016 • UConn • Graduate Assistant
2017 • Lafayette • Linebackers
2018 • Notre Dame • Graduate Assistant
2019 • Notre Dame • Graduate Assistant
2020 • Notre Dame • Graduate Assistant
2021 • Notre Dame • Senior Defensive Analyst
2022 • Vanderbilt • Linebackers
2015 • UConn • St. Petersburg Bowl
2018 • Notre Dame • College Football Playoff (Cotton Bowl)
2019 • Notre Dame • Camping World Bowl
2020 • Notre Dame • College Football Playoff (Rose Bowl)
2021 • Notre Dame • Fiesta Bowl