Alford Hired to Coach Defensive Backs for Wyoming

June 25, 2002


University of Wyoming head football coach Vic Koenning announced on Tuesday the hiring of Aaron Alford as an assistant coach. Alford's hiring is subject to UW Board of Trustee approval.

Alford will coach the defensive backs for the Cowboys. He comes to Wyoming from Western Illinois University, where he was the defensive secondary coach for the 2001 season. Prior to Western Illinois, Alford spent two seasons (1999 and 2000) coaching the cornerbacks at Southern Utah University. He also spent one season as a graduate assistant football coach at Kent State University in 1998.

Originally from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he graduated from Doherty High School, Alford went on to play college football at Colorado State, lettering in 1993. He later worked as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, while completing his bachelor's degree at CSU.

"We are excited to add Aaron (Alford) to our staff," said Koenning. "Aaron is coming back to a part of the country that he is very familiar with. We expect him to be an effective recruiter for us, and I like the fact that he knows what it takes to be successful in our conference.

"You aren't always lucky enough to find a coach at this time of year who you feel fits into your program, but I believe we've been fortunate enough to find the right man in Aaron Alford."

After completing his bachelor of science degree in education from Colorado State in May of 1997, Alford accepted a position at East Middle School in Colorado Springs as an educational assistant, working with special education students. He then moved on to serve as an administrative assistant at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 1998. While at the Olympic Training Center, Alford worked in the area of drug testing.

Alford has completed 28 hours of graduate work in education at Southern Utah University. He also served as the advisor to the Black Student Alliance program at Southern Utah during his time there.

Alford and his wife, Linda, have one son, Elijah, age three.

He replaces Vance Joseph, who was hired on March 20, 2002, to coach the Cowboy secondary. Joseph accepted a position at his alma mater, the University of Colorado, earlier this month following the death of CU co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Tom McMahon. McMahon, who also was a former Wyoming assistant coach in 1979, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2002, following a long battle with lung cancer.