Gene & Jonna Chizik have lived most of their married life in the world of College Football. In January 2011 Gene coached the Auburn Tigers football team to the NCAA Bowl Championship Series delivering to Auburn it’s first national championship in over 50 years.
From the couple’s humble beginnings at Middle Tennessee State University, they went on to serve at such schools as Stephen F Austin University, University of Central Florida, a first tour-of-duty at Auburn, then to the University of Texas (where Gene also won a national championship as defensive coordinator in 2006), and finally to Iowa State and Auburn. God has truly been preparing the Chizik family ‘for such a time as this’.
While Gene lived a public life, Jonna stayed behind the scenes, praying for her husband and serving the communities in which they lived. Together, they impacted people’s lives both on and off the football field.
The Chiziks have been married for 14 years, and have three children. Their oldest children are two 13-year-old twin girls, Landry and Kennedy, while their youngest is 10-year-old son, Cally. While the 2010 season was one for the ages, it was really a culmination of many years of both personal and professional highs and lows. The story of that journey, and the hope that God brought to the Chiziks through it all, is the subject of their first book, releasing in early fall 2011.