Dec. 20, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head footballcoach Vic Koenning announced today the hiring of three more members of hisfootball staff. The three are Tom Turchetta, David Lockwood and JeffBrookshire. Their hirings are subject to University of Wyoming Board ofTrustee approval.
Tom Turchetta will coach the Cowboy defensive line. Turchetta hasbeen coaching at the collegiate level since 1979, most recently at theUniversity of Texas-El Paso. Turchetta has coached the linebackers at UTEPsince 1996 under head coach Charlie Bailey. Prior to UTEP, Turchetta servedon the staff of Johnny Majors when Majors returned for his second tenure ashead coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1993-96. Turchetta coachedthe defensive line at Pittsburgh.
In his 21 previous seasons of college coaching, he served as anassistant at: Kentucky (1979-81), East Tennessee State (1981-82), KentuckyState (1983-84), Temple (1984-85), Memphis (1986-89), UTEP (1990-91),Pittsburgh (1992-96) and UTEP (1996-99).
An outstanding player himself at the University of Miami (Fla.),Turchetta was named a First Team United Press International All-SouthernIndependent Team honoree in 1972. He also played in the North-South ShrineGame that year. A co-captain for the Hurricanes his senior season, he wasawarded the Jack Harding Memorial Trophy as a senior, signifying the team'sMost Valuable Player.
Turchetta received a bachelor's degree in education from Miami in1973. He later completed his master's degree in educational administrationfrom LaVerne College in LaVerne, Calif., in 1977.
"Tom comes to us from the University of Texas-El Paso," Koenningsaid. "He has an unbelievable amount of coaching experience at Kentucky,Memphis, Pittsburgh and UTEP. He's worked with one of the great defensivecoaches in college football in Charlie Bailey (at UTEP). He is the kind ofperson everyone loves to be around. Tom always has a positive attitude, andbrings a lot of energy to everything he does. We're excited to have himjoin our staff."
David Lockwood will coach the Wyoming defensive secondary. Lockwoodspent the past five seasons (1995-99) at the University of Memphis, where hecoached the defensive secondary and wide receivers during his time with theTigers. Prior to Memphis, Lockwood served as an assistant coach at JamesMadison University for one season (1994) and the University of Delaware forfour seasons (1990-93). He began his coaching career as a graduateassistant at his alma mater, West Virginia University in 1989.
Lockwood was an outstanding player for the Mountaineers, letteringfour years in football and starting three seasons at defensive back. He wasa member of the West Virginia squad that played Notre Dame for the NationalChampionship in the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, 1989. The Mountaineersended the season with an 11-1 record with their only loss coming to NotreDame 34-21 in the Fiesta Bowl. During his time as a student-athlete,Lockwood achieved the Mountaineer Club Award, which is the highest honorachieved by West Virginia University football players. In addition to theFiesta Bowl, Lockwood also played in the 1987 Sun Bowl. He received hisbachelor's degree in education from West Virginia in 1989.
A native of Media, Pa., he and his wife Heidi have three children,Autumn, David Jr. and Jeffrey.
"David and I met when he came to join Coach Scherer's staff (RipScherer) at the University of Memphis," said Koenning. "We immediately hitit off, and were roommates on road trips. He brings outstanding experiencewith him to coach our secondary. David was an accomplished defensive backhimself at the University of West Virginia. He is a tireless worker, andwill bring his own style and attitude to coaching our defensive backs."
Jeff Brookshire will serve as media specialist for the Cowboyfootball program. Brookshire comes to Wyoming from the University ofTennessee at Martin where he coached the offensive line and tight ends from1997-99. Brookshire also handled a variety of duties while atTennessee-Martin. He was the assistant head coach and recruitingcoordinator, the special teams coach, academic coordinator for the footballteam and strength and conditioning coordinator. Before his time atTennessee-Martin, Brookshire served as a graduate assistant at theUniversity of Memphis from 1995-96. He was also on the football staff atJames Madison University from 1993-94.
Brookshire was a three-year letterman in football at Lenoir-RhyneCollege in Hickory, N.C. He received his bachelor's degree in history fromLenoir-Rhyne in 1993. As an undergraduate, Brookshire was a PresidentialScholar and earned Dean's List honors. He is currently working oncompleting his master's degree in sports administration and marketing fromthe University of Memphis.
"Jeff Brookshire brings an excellent blend of administrative skillsand knowledge of football to our program," said Koenning. "He coached theoffensive line for Coach (Jim) Marshall last year at Tennessee-Martin. WhenI was at Memphis, Jeff came in to the football program as a graduateassistant and did such a good job with the video department that theycreated a position for him there. He's very detail oriented, and I have alot of confidence in his abilities."
Lockwood, Turchetta and Brookshire join Matt Wallerstedt (defensivecoordinator), Jim Marshall (offensive line coach) and Justin Byleveld (tightends coach) on head coach Vic Koenning's staff.