May 28, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Head football coach Joe Glenn announced on Wednesday that Jason Petrino will return to the University of Wyoming as the director of football operations. Petrino replaces Casey Glenn, who was recently named the UW tight ends coach.
Petrino's duties with the Wyoming football program include, but will not be limited to: coordinating team travel, overseeing the day-to-day administrative operations of the football office and monitoring budgetary and compliance issues relating to Cowboy football.
"Jason (Petrino) is an individual who was on the ground floor with us when we first came to Wyoming," said Joe Glenn. "As one of our graduate assistants when we first came to Laramie, he was instrumental in some big wins for us against BYU, CSU and UCLA.
"Jason understands our mission and our coaching staff, and he knows how we want to do things. He possesses a great number of characteristics that will help our staff, our administration and our team in his role as director of football operations. He's a heck of a guy, and we're thrilled to have him back."
Petrino, a native of Kalispell, Mont., returns to the University of Wyoming football program after serving as the defensive graduate assistant during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Glenn's first two at UW. As a graduate assistant coach, Petrino coached the Wyoming safeties and assisted in numerous facets of the football program. During his first season at UW, Petrino was a member of the coaching staff that led the Cowboy football team to home wins over rivals BYU and Colorado State. In his second season, he helped lead the Pokes to a 24-21 win over UCLA in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl.
Petrino has spent the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Mary, a Division II school located in Bismarck, N.D. Aside from coordinating the Marauder defense, Petrino also coached the defensive backs and was the recruiting coordinator. He also worked in many other capacities during his time at Mary including working as a speed enhancement coach, an assistant strength coach, a game day manager, a sports information director and an assistant equipment manager.
In his three seasons at the University of Mary, Petrino helped lead the Marauders to a 20-10 record. This past season, Mary had the best defense in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. They led the conference in pass defense, allowing only 197.6 yards a game, and ranked second in rush defense, allowing only 94.4 yards a game.
Prior to his first stint at Wyoming, Petrino was the defensive backs coach at his alma mater, Carroll College. At Carroll, he coached under former UW assistant coach and letterwinner Mike Van Diest. Petrino coached the Fighting Saints defensive backs for three seasons from 1999-2002, winning the 2002 NAIA National Championship and the Frontier Conference Championship all three seasons.
Petrino played football at Carroll College from 1995-99, serving as a team captain his senior year. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Carroll in 2002.
Petrino married the former Heather Fries on June 30, 2006. The couple welcomed their first child, Jason, Jr., on August 28, 2007.
Petrino joins his younger brother Jared on the UW football staff. Jared Petrino has served as the football video coordinator since 2006.
"We are very excited to get back to the University of Wyoming and are thrilled to work with so many great people, coaches and student athletes," said Petrino. "When the opportunity for our family to come back presented itself, it was an easy decision to make. We have some great memories from our time at Wyoming like beating UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl and also some big wins over BYU, CSU and Ole Miss. We always wanted to get back to Wyoming and couldn't be more excited to arrive in Laramie and get to work."