March 20, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming Head Football Coach Vic Koenning has announced two new additions to his coaching staff.
Koenning said that Robert Henry, who has been at Baylor University for the past two seasons, and Vance Joseph, who has been at the University of Colorado for the last two years , have joined the Cowboy program. Henry is the defensive ends coach, and Joseph will coach the secondary.
"I'm very excited to work with both of these guys," Koenning said. "Both are great fits for our program. Robert has been coaching football for a lot of years, and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge to the defensive side of the ball. Vance has been around a lot of successful football. He is a bright, young coach who brings a great deal of energy to our program."
A 1977 graduate of the University of Mississippi, Henry has been the director of player development at Baylor since 2001. He has an extensive coaching background at both the high school, and the collegiate level.
Henry began his coaching career at R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel, Miss., in 1977. His first position on the collegiate level came in 1980 when he became a defensive assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesberg, Miss.). The 1981 team led the nation in scoring defense. In 1982 he moved on to Southern Methodist, where he was defensive line coach through the 1986 season. In 1983, the Mustangs were second in the nation in defense.
From Southern Methodist, Henry spent one season at the University of Tennessee as a defensive assistant before moving on to the University of Mississippi as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in 1988. He was nominated as SEC Assistant Coach of the Year that season. He remained at Mississippi through the 1991 season. He returned to coaching in 1994, as a linebackers coach at Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, La.). After one season there, he moved on to the University of Alabama-Birmingham as the program's defensive coordinator. His responsibilities there inlcuded coordinating the defense and coaching linebackers.
He was there through the 1996 season.
After the 1996 campaign, Henry returned to the high school ranks where he was the head football coach and athletics director at Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, Miss. He was there through the 1999 season. He became director of player development at Baylor in 2001.
During 16 seasons in the collegiate ranks, Henry has coached in eight bowl games.
Joseph, is a 1994 graduate of the University of Colorado, with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. For the past two seasons he has been a defensive graduate assistant at Colorado, working with defensive backs and special teams. For five games last season he was responsible for the Buff secondary while defensive coordinator Tom McMahon was hospitalized.
A native of New Orleans, Joseph was a three-year letterman at Colorado. He signed with the Buffs in 1990 as an option quarterback for Head Coach Bill McCartney. His freshman season Colorado won the national championship. He saw a great deal of action as a sophomore as CU won the Big 8 championship. After a redshirt season in 1992, he was a backup quarterback to Kordell Stewart as a junior and senior.
Following his collegiate career, Joseph signed a free-agent contract with the New York Jets. He spent the 1995 season and half of the 1996 season with the Jets as a corner. During the middle of the '96 season he signed with the Indianapolis Colts and spent the remainder of that season there. In 1997 he signed with Denver, and played one season with the Broncos as a corner. He completed his professional career playing one season in NFL, Europe.
Prior to joining the Colorado staff, Joseph worked for BWD Group Limited, a company involved in writing insurance policies for NFL athletes.