Luke Getsy begins his third season with the Packers in 2016 and his first as wide receivers coach, having been promoted to the position on Feb. 17, 2016, following a two-year stint as the team’s offensive quality control coach.
Getsy was initially hired by Head Coach Mike McCarthy Feb. 7, 2014, and will take over a group he worked closely with in 2015 and that was previously coached by quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.
Last season, Getsy assisted with an offense that posted eight zero-turnover games, tied for No. 1 (2009) in franchise history (since 1933). Green Bay’s 17 giveaways in 2015 were the fifth fewest in team history and tied for the fourth fewest in the NFL last season. Additionally, he worked with an offense that had four players with 50-plus receptions for only the third time (1983, 2002) since 1940.
In his first season with the Packers in 2014, Getsy was part of an offensive staff that helped the Packers lead the league in scoring (30.4 ppg) and set team single-season records for first downs (356) and giveaways (13). Green Bay ranked No. 6 in the NFL in total yards per game (386.1), and the team’s 6,178 total yards on the season were the fourth most in franchise history.
At Western Michigan, his final stop on the collegiate level, Getsy spent the season coaching wide receivers and tutored WR Corey Davis, who earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors and was named Freshman of the Year in the conference after catching 67 passes for 941 yards (14.0 avg.) and six TDs. Davis also earned Freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America and College Football News. Getsy helped build the Broncos’ 2014 recruiting class that was rated in the top 50 nationally and the best in MAC history by Rivals.com. He recruited LS Wyatt Pfeifer of Delaware, Ohio, to Western Michigan, the only MAC signee to be selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
As the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2011-12), Getsy helped guide the Crimson Hawks to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title and a final ranking of No. 6 in Division II in 2012. The team ranked No. 10 nationally in rushing offense with an average of 259.3 yards per game, led by a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Harvie Tuck (1,660) and De’Antwan Williams (1,325). Tuck was named the PSAC Offensive Player of the Year for the Western Division in ’12. In 2011, Tuck rushed for 1,007 yards (No. 3 in the conference) and QB Pat Smith posted a 155.0 passing efficiency rating (No. 4 in the conference) under Getsy’s direction.
Getsy served as an offensive graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. He was part of a staff that helped guide the Panthers to a share of the Big East title and an appearance in the BBVA Compass Bowl, where they beat Kentucky, 27-10. Pittsburgh’s offense featured three players who were selected in the 2011 NFL Draft in WR Jon Baldwin (Kansas City), RB Dion Lewis (Philadelphia) and T Jason Pinkston (Cleveland).
In 2009, Getsy was the offensive coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Akron, serving as a graduate assistant from 2007-08.
As a player at Akron, Getsy set 24 individual school records in his two seasons with the Zips after transferring from Pittsburgh. As a junior in 2005, he led the MAC with 3,455 passing yards, the second-best single-season mark in school history behind only Charlie Frye’s 3,549-yard total in 2003. Getsy led the Zips to the conference title that season and was named MVP of the MAC Championship Game after throwing for 413 yards in the team’s 31-30 victory against Northern Illinois. He went on to throw for 455 yards, a Motor City Bowl record, along with four TDs, against Memphis in the Zips’ first-ever Division I FBS bowl game.
As a senior, Getsy led the MAC with 2,665 passing yards on 199-of-380 passing and added 18 TDs. In just two seasons with the Zips, Getsy threw for 6,117 yards, the third most in school history, and 41 TDs with 23 INTs on 477-of-905 passing. He graduated with a degree in marketing management and sales management, earning MAC All-Academic honors in 2005 and 2006.
Following his collegiate career, Getsy played in the North-South All-Star Classic in Houston. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in May 2007 and was with the club through the preseason.
Getsy earned first-team all-state honors from The Associated Press as a senior at Steel Valley High School in Munhall, Pa., after completing 100 of 172 passes for 1,654 yards and 16 TDs. The first four-year starter in school history, he finished his career as the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League’s all-time leading passer with 6,021 yards and led his school to the WPIAL playoffs four times. Getsy was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Fabulous 22” team and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s “Terrific 25” squad.
Getsy was born Feb. 16, 1984, in Munhall, Pa. He and his wife, Tina, have two sons, John and Paul, and a daughter, Nora.