Koenning Names Offensive Coordinator And Running Backs Coach

Jan. 3, 2000


University of Wyoming head footballcoach Vic Koenning announced today the hiring of two more members of hisfootball staff. The two are Rusty Burns and Frank Hernandez. Their hiringsare subject to University of Wyoming Board of Trustee approval.

Rusty Burns comes to Wyoming from the University of Memphis where hewas the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the past threeseasons. Burns has coached at Memphis since 1996. He served as runningbacks coach for the '96 season.

Prior to his four years at Memphis, Burns coached the quarterbacksand receivers at Georgia Tech from 1992-94 under former Wyoming head coachBill Lewis. During the 1994 season, the Yellow Jacket offense averaged over400 yards per game in total offense. During his time at Georgia Tech, Burnscoached former Yellow Jacket quarterback Shawn Jones, who set school recordsfor passing and total offense.

From 1989-91, Burns served as offensive coordinator and quarterbackcoach at the University of Cincinnati, where he built a Cincinnati offensethat rose from 106th the year prior to his arrival to No. 30 in the nation.

Burns coached running backs, receivers and served as offensivecoordinator at the University of Connecticut from 1980-88. He began hiscollege coaching career at his alma mater, Springfield College inSpringfield, Mass., from 1978-79.

He played quarterback for Springfield College for three years, andalso lettered in basketball. Burns completed his bachelor's degree inphysical education in 1978 and earned his master's degree in eduction in1979, both from Springfield. Burns is a native of Bourne, Mass. He and hiswife, the former Debra Salan, have two daughters Kelly and Kirsten.

"Rusty Burns is a quality guy," said Koenning. "I know Rusty isexcited about this new challenge, and is excited about the opportunity tohave more control over running his style of offense. He is a relentlessrecruiter, and we feel fortunate to get Rusty to come in and run a wide-openoffense."

Frank Hernandez joins the Wyoming coaching staff from the Universityof South Florida where he has coached the past four seasons (1996-99).While at South Florida, Hernandez has coached the wide receivers, kickoffand punt returners and served as the recruiting coordinator.

A 1992 graduate of Kansas State University, Hernandez was athree-time All-Big 8 wide receiver and a four-year starter (1988-91).During his career at K-State, he totalled 120 receptions for 1,489 yards.He caught at least one pass in 33 consecutive games, and ended his careerranked No. 3 on the KSU career reception list and No. 4 on the careerreceiving yardage list.

Prior to beginning his college coaching career at South Florida,Hernandez coached three seasons of high school football from 1993-95.Hernandez is familiar with Wyoming and the Laramie community, having workedUW football camps in the summers 1997 and '98.

Currently Hernandez is working on completing a masters degree inhigher education. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justicefrom K-State in December of 1992.

"Frank is an individual who is highly organized and enthusiastic,"said Koenning. " He also has a lot of insight into the West Coast styleoffense. A very successful player during his own college playing career, Ifeel Frank will be able to relate well to our young men, and I look for himto be an excellent recruiter for our program."

Koenning has one coaching position left to fill on his staff. Belowis a listing of Koenning's coaching staff.

Defensive Coaching Staff                 Offensive Coaching StaffMatt Wallerstedt, Def. Coordinator/ILBs  Rusty Burns, Offensive David Lockwood, Secondary                            Coordinator/QBsTom Turchetta, Defensive Line            Justin Byleveld, Tight Ends                                         Frank Hernandez, RBs                                         Jim Marshall, Off. Line                                         Rob Phenicie, WRs