Quincy University has announced the hiring of Tom Pajic as the new football head coach. Pajic comes to Quincy after spending the previous eight years as the offensive coordinator at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
"It has always been a goal of mine to be a head coach but it had to be the right place. After meeting with Marty (Bell) and the President, as well as other members of the support staff, coaches and athletic staff; Quincy felt like home. It felt like a place where my kids can grow up and has a great community which is vital to bring balance to life," said Tom Pajic. "With the move from NAIA to NCAA Division II and into the Great Lakes Valley Conference there is a great deal of excitement. There are some great things on the horizon with the stadium and new conference and I feel like I am getting in on the ground floor. Now it is my job to work with the administration and team to bring our visions together and continue the excitement for the program."
"The first thing I want to do is address the team and introduce myself before they leave for break. After that I need to get on the road to recruit. There is a dead period over break so I will also be looking to fill out my staff. I want to get guys in here as soon as possible but they have to be the right fit for the program," said Pajic. "I also need to re-recruit the players already on campus. Those are the players we are going to win with now and I need to get the mentality to where it should be. We are going to be better players, better students, better in the community and better on campus."
As offensive coordinator at Bloomsburg, Pajic's teams have consistently ranked among the top offenses in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and finished in the top 10 of NCAA Division II in rushing yards per game five times including leading the nation in rushing in 2005. Last season Pajic's offense averaged 34.3 points per game, averaging 258.9 rushing yards and totaling 408.3 yards of offense per game. It marked the fifth time in eight years that his team averaged 30 or more points per game for the season.
Under Pajic's guidance Bloombsurg set a school record for rushing yards in a season with 3,460 in 2008. He has coached Bloomsburg's and the conference's all-time leading rusher, Jamar Brittingham, who was also a two-time Conference Offensive Player of the Year and two-time finalist for the Harlon Hill Award for top NCAA Division II player.
Although Pajic's offense focuses on the ground game he admits that a successful running game allows the passing game to open up. Pajic also coached Dan Latorre at Bloombsurg who set numerous passing records in Pajic's offensive system. The program as a whole has set 30 school and conference records under Pajic's offensive guidance.
"You need to be able to run the football. Many things stem from having success on the ground such as winning the turnover battle. Football is a physical game to begin with and I want to develop a smash-mouth mentality, no matter what formation we are in. It all starts with the guys up-front," said Pajic.
In 2008 Bloomsburg was a national quarterfinalist and last year finished with a 9-2 overall record. While at Bloomsburg Pajic has been a part of a program that has compiled a 75-19 overall record, making the NCAA Division II playoffs four times. While at Bloomsburg Pajic has coached 10 All-Americans, five All-Region performers, three Harlon Hill finalists, two Conference Players of the Year, three Conference Rookies of the Year and 40 All-Conference selections.
Prior to arriving at Bloomsburg, Pajic spent four seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of South Florida. There he helped the team set 29 school records in receiving, all-purpose yards and return yards while coaching two All-Americans and one Academic All-American.
Before South Florida, Pajic served as the offensive coordinator at Wilkes University for one season as well as one year at Hofstra University. He also spent four years at Fordham University and one at Gettysburg College.
Pajic earned his bachelor's degree from Bloomsburg in 1991 and is married to his wife Julie and has one daughter Grace, and one son, Tommy Jr. Coach Tom Pajic will be introduced as the sixth head coach of the Quincy Universiy football program since its revival in 1986 on Wednesday, December 14th at 10 a.m. in the Hall of Fame room located in the Quincy University Health and Fitness Center.