Coach Justin Geisinger
Coach Justin Geisinger joined JPII in January 2010 as the Director of Strength & Conditioning and offensive line coach. He became the offensive coordinator in 2014 and in December of 2014, was named head football coach.
Coach Geisinger grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before heading south to Nashville where he attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship. Geisinger graduated with honors and was an Academic All-American during his time at Vandy. He majored in business with a track in Health & Human Services and initiated his master’s degree during his last year as a Commodore. On the football field, Geisinger was elected team captain two years and was a 4-year starter at left tackle. He earned All-Southeastern Conference honors as a senior and was an Outland Trophy candidate for the nation’s top lineman. Coach Geis also set, and still holds, the all-time Vanderbilt and Southeastern Conference bench press record at 600 pounds. With that, he was named a Strength & Conditioning All-American by the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association).
In 2005, Coach Geis began his 4+ year National Football League career after he wowed NFL teams by bench pressing 225 pounds 43 times in the NFL combine. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the NFL draft. He played from 2005-2009 as an offensive lineman for the Bills, Tennessee Titans (2006), Washington Redskins (2007-09), and briefly with the Carolina Panthers before his career ended with a knee injury.
His experience and passion in the weight room landed him at the helm of the JPII strength and fitness program immediately upon his NFL retirement, where he made a profound impact. Within one year of his arrival, student-athletes gained 19 pounds of muscle and improved an average of 47 pounds on the bench press. They’ve been making striking progress ever since, with every strength record in the school eclipsed during his tenure.
As offensive coordinator in 2014, the Knights improved in every offensive category, doubling the season’s point production from the previous year and adding over 800 yards of offense.
Coach Geis is very pointed in explaining his passion: “Up until my junior year in high school, I was just a big, unathletic kid. Getting serious in the weight room changed my life, and I think I can have a similar affect on the boys here. If we can get kids to compete among themselves, then we’ll have something going. ”
Click on the link below to hear Coach Geis discuss his life and his passion during a youth football camp.