Glenn Announces New Coaching Staff

Dec. 20, 2002


Wyoming's new head football coach, Joe Glenn, announced Friday that he has completed his coaching staff.

Glenn was officially hired December 12, as the Cowboys' 30th head coach.

All of the new coaching positions are subject to UW Trustee approval.

Seven of the new coaches came with Glenn from the University of Montana, two from the Unviversity of Northern Colorado, and one was retained from the previous Cowboy staff, as director of football operations.

"I think we have put together a great team of coaches here," Glenn said. "These guys are hard workers, and they are competitors. They understand the game, and they love being associated with it. They know what it takes to be successful. I am so glad they have all decided to join us here. I know what they can do, I've seen it. I'm so lucky to coach with a group like this."

Mike Breske, who is the Cowboy secondary coach, will handle the defensive coordinator duties, while Billy Cockhill, the quarterbacks coach, will be the offensive coordinator. Both were with Glenn at Montana. The only coach who was retained from the Vic Koenning staff is Don Julian. Julian, who was the Cowboy backfield coach, will be the director of football operations.

Here is the new Cowboy staff:

Bryan Applewhite, Running Backs: Comes to Wyoming from the University of Northern Colorado where he had been the running backs coach for the past four seasons. A graduate of UNC, he has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in physical education and sport administration.

Applewhite produced a solid career at fullback for Joe Glenn's Bears from 1993 through 1997. A member of UNC's back-to-back national championship teams in 1996 and 1997, he scored two touchdowns as a receiver. A devastating blocker, he helped pave the way for tailback Billy Holmes who finished his career third on UNC's all-time rushing list.

A native of Brighton, Colo., Applewhite and his wife, Rachelle, were married in June of 2002.

Mike Breske, Defensive Coordinator/ Secondary: Has been with Joe Glenn for the past 16 seasons, 13 at the University of Northern Colorado, and three at Montana. He was the defensive coordinator for the Grizzlies for all three seasons, but following the 2000 season, Glenn promoted him to the position of assistant head coach.

He began his coaching career at Northern Iowa in 1981 as its secondary coach. He also coached at Yankton (SD) College (1982-83), and Wayne State (Neb., 1983-86), prior to moving on to UNC in 1987.

A 1981 graduate of South Dakota State University, with a degree in physical education. He was a three-year letterman at cornerback, and a team captain for SDSU in 1980. He earned his master's degree in physical education from Northern Iowa in 1982.

Breske, and his wife, Tami, are the parents of three children, Cari, Adam and Taylor. They have a granddaughter, Mikayla, and a grandson, Bryson.

Billy Cockhill, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Was an assistant coach for Glenn at Montana, his alma mater, for five seasons prior to coming to Wyoming. He had been with the Montana program for nine years as a coach. He served as a restricted duties coach at Montana from 1994 through 1996, and was elevated to the offensive coordinator position following the 2000 season.

In 1993, he ended an illustrious career at Montana as a wide receiver, finishing as the school's all-time leading career receiver. He is now ranked seventh on the Grizzlies' career receiving yards list. He was awarded the Big Sky's Scholar-Athlete Award in 1993-94.

In 2001, Cockhill coached UM's Yohance Humphrey to a single-season rushing record with 1,658 yards. A native of Helena, Mont., he is married to the former Jenise Erickson.

Marty English, Linebackers: Spent 14 seasons at the University of Northern Colorado as a defensive coach. He was the linebackers and special teams coach prior to being named the Bears' defensive coordinator in December, 1999.

English is a 1986 graduate of UNC where he earned three letters, and was an all-conference honorable mention linebacker as a senior. He recorded 82 tackles during his senior season. He began his playing career at Idaho State, and was a member of the 1981 Division 1-AA national championship team.

English earned his bachelor's degree in recreation management, and his master's in physical education, both from Northern Colorado. He is a native of Lakewood, Colo. His father, Ron, and his brother , Mitch, were outstanding baseball players for UNC.

He and his wife, Suzie, are the parents of two children, Kelsey and Tyler.

Chad Germer, Offensive Line: Had been an assistant coach at Montana for the past six seasons, the last four as offensive line coach for his alma mater. During three of his four seasons the Grizzlies produced three different All-American o-linemen. Prior to becoming offensive line coach, he had served as a restricted earnings coach at Montana, during the 1997 and 1998 campaigns.

Germer earned his bachelor's degree in Business at Montana, while producing a stellar football career as an All-American center. He was a three-year starter at center for the Grizzlies from 1989-91. During his career he started in 36 consecutive games. He was a first-team All-Big Sky selection in 1991, as well as a Division 1-AA All-American. He participated in the 54th annual Blue-Gray All-Star Football Classic that season.

Germer, and his wife, Amy, who is a pharmacist, have one son, Nicholas.

Don Julian, Director of Football Operations: Was retained by Joe Glenn after serving one season as running backs coach for Wyoming. He returned to his alma mater after a highly-successful career as head football coach at Riverton (Wyo.) High School. He was head coach there for nine seasons.

Julian produced an outstanding career at Riverton, leading the Wolverines to four state 3A titles. He was High School Coach of the Year four times during his stint there. Following the 2001 season, Julian was selected as the Wyoming Coach of the Year by the National Federation Coaches' Association.

Julian earned his bachelor's degree from Wyoming in 1989. A three-year wrestling letterman, he achieved Western Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete honors in 1988. He also competed on UW's rifle team in 1988 and 1989.

In addition to coaching football at Riverton, Julian also coached the Wolverine wrestling program.

A native of Kemmerer, Wyo., Julian and his wife, Jeannie, have three children, Katelynn, Tyler and Emily.

Chris Knutsen, Special Teams: Returns to Wyoming, after coaching three seasons at Montana, as the Grizzlies' special teams and linebackers coach.

Prior to joining Joe Glenn at Montana, Knutsen coordinated special teams for the Cowboys from 1997 through 1999. In addition to working with special teams, he coached outside linebackers in '99.

Knutsen joined the Wyoming staff after two seasons at Northern Colorado, where he served as defensive line coach, and assisted with special teams.

He also coached at Illinois State, Valparaiso, and Montana Tech. He earned his undergraduate degree at Valparaiso (Ind.) University, in 1976, and a master's degree in sports administration at Northern Colorado in 1992. A middle linebacker at Valparaiso, he was all-conference, team MVP and co-captain in 1976, his senior season.

He and his wife, Shelley, have one son, Casey.

Harvey Patton, Tight Ends: Comes with Joe Glenn from the University of Montana, where he was the running backs coach for three seasons. He coached Montana's all-time leading rusher, Yohance Humphrey for two seasons.

Patton came to Montana from the University of Nevada, where he was running backs coach in 1999. Prior to that position, he had been an assistant at Northern Colorado under Glenn, from 1995 through 1998. He was at UNC during the 1996 and 1997 national championship seasons.

A four-year letterman at UNC for Glenn, Patton was an all-league fullback three seasons, and a two-time team captain. He was the team's offensive MVP his senior season. Patton earned a degree in business administration at UNC in 1994.

Patton is single.

Lance Robinson, Defensive Line: Spent six seasons at Montana under Joe Glenn as defensive ends coach.

A two-year letterman at Montana Tech, Robinson transferred to Montana where he earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 1997.

Robinson and his wife, Shoni, have two children, a daughter Taylor and a son Wynn.

Ron Wisniewski, Wide Receivers: Spent three seasons at the University of Montana with Joe Glenn from the 2000 season through the 2002 campaign, the first year as tight ends coach, and the last two as wide receivers coach.

Wisniewski came with Glenn from Northern Colorado to the Montana staff. He was an assistant there from 1994 through 1999, working with the tight ends and offensive line. Prior to his stint at UNC, he was an assistant coach at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University from 1990 through 1993. He served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Kean College of New Jeresey in 1992.

Wisniewski earned his bachelor's degree in physics at Rutgers in 1987. He received his master's in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in 1990. In May of 1998 he earned his Ph.D., at UNC in mathematics and mathematics in education. During his last two seasons at Montana, he taught part time in the mathematics department.

Ron is engaged to be married to Kelli Keeley, in July of 2003.