March 15, 2012
Rekstis comes to FAU with eight years experience as the defensive coordinator at Miami University (Ohio) and Kent State University, both of the Mid-American Conference.
In his lone season at Miami as the defensive coordinator and safety coach, Rekstis saw safety Anthony Kokal, lead the squad in tackles with 91 while Pat Hinkel, also a safety, was fourth in tackles.
Rekstis gained his first Mid-American Conference experience at Kent State where built a reputation as an outstanding defensive mind, a great motivator, a solid recruiter and developer of talent.
While at Kent State, four defensive backs joined NFL teams. Usama Young (New Orleans Saints, third Round, 2007) and Jack Williams (Denver Broncos, fourth Round, 2008) were drafted while Abe Elam (Cleveland Browns) and Daniel Muir (Indianapolis Colts) worked their way onto a NFL team as a free agents. In 2011, defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix became the first freshman ever to win the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year award.
His 2010 Kent State defense was ranked No. 2 nationally in tackles for a loss (8.3), No. 5 in rushing defense (97.2), No. 11 in sacks (2.9) and No. 13 in total defense (306.7). The Golden Flash also set a school record single-season high with 35 sacks. KSU also held two 2010 opponents to negative rushing yards.
Prior to Kent State, Rekstis served as the secondary coach for his alma mater Youngstown State from 1999-2003 and as the Penguins' defensive coordinator from 2001-03. His first season back, Youngstown State posted a 12-3 record and advanced to the Division I-AA championship game. During his five seasons with Youngstown the Penguins' averaged nearly 15 interceptions per season and tallied 74 in all.
Before returning to Youngstown State, Rekstis served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Austin Peay from 1997-98 and as defensive coordinator at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 1994-96.
He was a four-year starter at free safety at Youngstown State from 1987-90, where he played for Jim Tressel and helped the Penguins to a record of 32-16. A native of Cleveland, Rekstis graduated from Youngstown State in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in history. He and his wife Gina have three daughters, twins Jessica and Sara, and Natalie, and a son, Pete III (Trey).