|College:||Rhode Island '82, Ball State '96|
|At Bryant Since:||2009 (third season)|
John Gendron returns to Bryant in the fall of 2011, in charge of the team's tight ends. His unit was responsible for five touchdowns and over 350 receiving yards during the 2010 season.
Coach Gendron completed his first year as an assistant coach at
Bryant University in the fall of 2009, again coaching the team's
tight ends under coach Fine. During the 2009 season, sophomore Matt
Tracey earned First Team All-Northeast Conference honors after
leading the team with 35 receptions for 476 yards and six
A health and physical education teacher at East Providence High School, Gendron was previously a four-year offensive assistant at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to his stint at URI, Gendron spent two seasons as linebackers coach at Bridgewater State College.
While at Bridgewater State, the Bears cut their points per game allowed from 30.4 in 2003 to 17.4 in 2004 - Gendron's first season. The following year, Bridgewater ranked 15th in Division III in rush defense (88.0 ypg) and 20th in scoring defense (15.5 ppg) en route to a 9-1 record and the ECAC Northeast Championship.
With extensive high school coaching experience at both East Providence High School and Seekonk High School, Gendron was the offensive coordinator for East Providence's back-to-back state championships in 2002 and 2003. A 1999 inductee into the Seekonk High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Gendron played quarterback for Seekonk, earning Southeastern Massachusetts Conference All-League honors in 1977.
A 1982 graduate of URI with a degree in health and physical education, Gendron was a four-year reserve quarterback for the Rams. In 1996, he earned his Masters Degree in physical education from Ball State.