Koenning Announces Changes to Cowboy Football Staff

Feb. 11, 2002


Internal changes within his Wyoming football coaching staff as well as the addition of one of the state's most successful high school coaches were announced by Head Coach Vic Koenning Monday.

The changes were made necessary when the Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Rusty Burns left the program to accept a similar position at the University of Cincinnati.

Koenning said that Rob Phenicie, who has been coaching Cowboy wide receivers for the past two seasons, will coordinate the passing game, and Lawrence Livingston, who is Wyoming's offensive line coach, will handle the coordination of the run game. In addition Mick McCall, who coached running backs last season will coach quarterbacks.

The newest member of the staff is Don Julian, a 1989 Wyoming graduate, who has been the head coach at Riverton High School since 1993. A native of Kemmerer, Julian will coach the Cowboy running backs.

"We made the decisions within the staff because I felt continuity was extremely important," Koenning said. "Our offensive players have great confidence in these coaches, and that player-confidence was a big factor with me.

"We think Don is an excellent fit for us," Koenning continued. "We have spent a lot of time with him during our clinics. He knows how to win, and he has all of the necessary coaching skills to help us. I know he has meant a great deal to Riverton, and to the high school football program there, and we're very happy to have him with us. I really like bringing a coach to our program who has a great love for Wyoming, and the University."

Julian earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wyoming in 1989. While at UW, he wrestled for the Cowboys from 1985 through 1988, and also was a member of the rifle team in 1988-1989. He was a Western Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete in 1988.

While at Riverton, Julian's teams won four state championships in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999. He was selected as the Wyoming Coaches' Association 3A Football Coach of the Year four times. This past season he was the National Federation Coaches' Association Wyoming Coach of the Year. He coached in the Wyoming Shrine Bowl five times. He also has been the wrestling coach at Riverton since 1991.

In addition to his duties as receivers coach, Phenicie has been the Cowboys' recruiting coordinator. He came to Wyoming from UNLV, where he served as an offensive assistant for the 1999 season. Prior to that he had been the offensive coordinator for two seasons at Cal State Northridge. He began his coaching career at the University of Memphis where he worked with Koenning. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., he was a receiver at both the University of Nebraska and at the University of Memphis. He graduated from Memphis in 1989.

Livingston came to Wyoming, from the University of Arizona where he coached tight ends and assisted with the offensive line. He also coached running backs at Texas A&M for two seasons. Prior to that he was the offensive line coach at Washington State. He was a four-year starter and three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection at Weber State (Ogden, Utah). He graduated from there in 1986.

McCall came to Wyoming from J.K. Mullen High School in Denver, Colo., where he had been the head coach since 1994. During his seven years there he was 68-17, including five league titles. He won a state championship in 1998. He served as a collegiate assistant coach at Oregon State University, and at Idaho State. He also coached at his alma mater, Southern Colorado, for four seasons. He is a 1979 graduate of Southern Colorado.