Wyoming Announces the Hiring of Mick McCall as Running Backs Coach

April 3, 2001


University of Wyoming head footballcoach Vic Koenning announced on Tuesday the hiring of Mick McCall asWyoming's new running backs coach. McCall's hiring is subject to Universityof Wyoming Board of Trustees approval.

McCall comes to Wyoming from J.K. Mullen High School in Denver,Colo., where he has been the head coach since 1994. McCall also has collegecoaching experience, having served as an assistant coach at Oregon StateUniversity from 1988-90, as an assistant coach at Idaho State Universityfrom 1983-87 and as an assistant coach at the University of SouthernColorado from 1979-82.

"Mick (McCall) is a coach from this area that I believe brings a lotto our program, both as a coach and as a recruiter," said UW head footballcoach Vic Koenning. "We had a couple of coaches we were looking at for thisposition who were very qualified. It was a difficult decision for me, but Ifelt that Mick's college coaching experience as a running backs coach fitour situation perfectly. He's a proven coach, has excellent knowledge ofthe recruiting process, and after taking a few years away from collegecoaching to spend more time with his family, he was ready to move back tothe college ranks. We feel very fortunate to get a coach of his caliber."

During McCall's seven-year tenure as head coach at Mullen, he ledthe football program to a 68-17 (.800) record. Mullen won the CentennialLeague Championship five out of McCall's seven years as head coach. Mullenadvanced to the 5A state playoffs his last six seasons (1995, 96, 97, 98, 99and 2000), including reaching the semifinals four times (1995, 96, 98 and2000) and winning one state championship in 1998. McCall was named TheDenver Post Coach of the Year in 1998. In '99, Mullen was selected to playin the Kick-Off Classic in Orlando, Fla. This past season, Mullen hostedBethlehem Catholic High School from Bethlehem, Pa., in the Kick-Off Classicon Labor Day weekend.

Before taking over the Mullen High School Program, McCall was thehead coach at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colo., for threeseasons from 1991-93. He led Douglas County High from a team that had wononly four games the season prior to his arrival to an 8-3 record three yearslater, a league championship and the school's first appearance in the 4Astate playoffs in 10 seasons. His overall record at Douglas County was12-19. He holds an overall high school head-coaching record of 80-36(.690). In his 10 seasons as a high-school coach, he had over 70student-athletes go on to play football in college.

Among the more notable players McCall coached during his career wasformer Idaho State running back Merril Hoge. Hoge went on to star for thePittsburgh Steelers of the NFL from 1987-93. Hoge is currently an NFLanalyst for ESPN.

Prior to entering a career in coaching, McCall was a running back atthe University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, Colo., from 1975-78 where hewas an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference performer for both the 1977and 78 seasons. He also lettered in basketball at Southern Colorado in1976, 77 and 78. A native of Douglas County, Colo., McCall was a standoutfootball, basketball and baseball player at Douglas County High School.

McCall replaces Frank Hernandez on the Wyoming coaching staff.Hernandez took a similar position at the University of Houston. McCall willbe rejoining two of his former high school players who signed with theCowboys this past February. Derek Matson an offensive lineman and ZachMorris a defensive lineman both played for Coach McCall at Mullen HighSchool. Matson and Morris will be freshmen at UW in the fall of 2001.

McCall was born April 6, 1957. He and his wife, JoAnn, have twodaughters, Ashley and Brittany.