Koenning Announces The Hiring Of Three Assistant Football Coaches

Dec. 17, 1999


University of Wyoming head footballcoach Vic Koenning announced today the hiring of three assistant footballcoaches. The three are Jim Marshall, Rob Phenicie and Justin Byleveld.Their hirings are subject to University of Wyoming Board of Trusteeapproval.

The three join Matt Wallerstedt, who has been elevated fromdefensive line coach to defensive coordinator.

Jim Marshall will coach the offensive line for the Cowboys.Marshall brings 23 years of college coaching experience to Wyoming, eightseasons as a collegiate head coach. He was most recently the head footballcoach at the University of Tennessee at Martin, an NCAA I-AA university, forthe 1998 and 1999 seasons. Prior to being hired at his alma mater,Tennessee-Martin, Marshall was the offensive line coach at the University ofMemphis from 1995-97 where he served on the same staff as then defensivesecondary coach Vic Koenning, now Wyoming's head coach.

From 1989-94, Marshall was the head coach at Division I-AA memberthe University of Richmond. He also served as the offensive line andrunning backs' coach at Tulane University (1988-89). Marshall is nostranger to Wyoming Football, having coached against the Cowboys while atUTEP from 1985-87. He was part of Bob Stull's staff at UTEP that turned theMiners' football program around. UTEP finished fourth in the WAC in 1987,and a year later finished second in the WAC (to the Wyoming Cowboys) andappeared in the 1988 Independence Bowl. He also served previously as anassistant at Richmond (1980-85), Tennessee-Martin (1975-77 and 1979-80) andNorth Alabama (1977-78). During his coaching career, Marshall coordinatedoffenses that ranked in the Top 10 nationally in 10 different seasons.

As a student-athlete, he was both a college football and baseballplayer at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, for threeseasons (1965-66 through 1967-68), and concluded his college career atTennessee-Martin for the 1969-70 season. He was a center in football andwas a Small College All-American as a catcher in baseball. He received hisbachelor's degree in education from Tennessee-Martin in 1970. Marshall andhis wife, Kay, have three children -- Eddie, Greg and Nicole.

"Jim Marshall brings an enormous amount of experience to ourcoaching staff," said Koenning. "Jim has already brought an excitement to ourprogram, and he's going to be a great help to me with all of his head-coachingexperience. We're very fortunate to have a man of Jim's abilities on our staff."

Rob Phenicie will coach the Wyoming wide receivers. Phenicie comesto Wyoming from UNLV, where he served as an offensive assistant for the 1999season. Prior to serving on John Robinson's staff at UNLV, Phenicie was theoffensive coordinator at Big Sky member Cal State Northridge for the 1997and 1998 seasons. He also coached the wide receivers at Northridge. Whilethe offensive coordinator at Cal State Northridge, Phenicie's 1997 squad ledall NCAA I-AA schools in passing yards and ranked No. 5 nationally in totaloffense. His quarterback, Aaron Flowers, led the nation in total offense in'97.

Phenicie began his college coaching career as a graduate assistantat the University of Memphis from 1989-91, where he worked with Koenning.He moved on to UCLA as a graduate assistant from 1991-92. In 1992, he washired as the quarterbacks' and wide receivers' coach at Los Angeles ValleyCollege, coaching there until 1996.

During his time at Los Angeles Valley College, the Monarchs rose toNo. 1 in the national junior-college rankings in 1995. They also led thenation in scoring in '95, averaging 45.7 points per game.

He began his college playing career as a tight end at the Universityof Nebraska in 1984. He later transferred to the University of Memphiswhere he completed his playing career. Phenicie received his bachelor'sdegree in sociology from the University of Memphis in 1989 and his master'sdegree in education, also from Memphis, in 1991. A native of HuntingtonBeach, Calif., Phenicie is married to the former Jennifer Kutz. They haveone daughter, Meghen, who will be two years old this coming February.

"Rob Phenicie is a longtime friend of mine, from the time he was agraduate assistant at Memphis back in the early 90s," said Koenning. "I'vealways been impressed with Rob's attention to detail and his organizationalskills. He has experience as an offensive coordinator at Cal StateNorthridge and in the junior-college ranks, and I know he will do anoutstanding job as our receivers coach."

Justin Byleveld will coach the Cowboy tight ends. Byleveld has beena part of the Wyoming Football program for many years. He was a widereceiver on the Cowboy squad from 1987-90, contributing to two conferencechampionships in 1987 and '88. Byleveld has served as a graduate assistantfor Wyoming the past two seasons. After completing his bachelor's degree insecondary education from UW in 1992, Byleveld began his coaching career atGlenrock High School in Glenrock, Wyo. Byleveld taught social studies atGlenrock High from 1992-97. During that time, he also served in a varietyof coaching roles -- receivers coach, defensive secondary coach andoffensive coordinator for the high school football team. A graduate ofNatrona County High School in Casper, Wyo., in 1987, Byleveld went on toearn Dean's list honors at UW, and was named to the Who's Who in AmericanTeachers list in 1996.

"Justin Byleveld is a young man from Wyoming, who has workedextremely hard for this program the past couple of years," Koenning stated."He exemplifies Wyoming in every sense of the word. He does everything youask of him, and he does it with enthusiasm. He gets things done. Justinwill be a great compliment to our staff."