Dave Christensen Announces New Coaching and Administrative Responsibilities for Wyoming Football Staff
Jamar Cain, Jason Gesser and Nick Danielson Join Cowboy Staff as Assistant Coaches
Saturday's Matchup Will Feature Two Bowl Teams From 2011
Saturday's Matchup Will Feature Two Bowl Teams From 2011
Head Coach Dave Christensen announces new coaching staff duties.
Wide Receiver Dominic Rufran Leads Gold Team With Six Receptions for 112 Yards
Gregg Brandon returned to the University of Wyoming Football program in 2011 to lead the Cowboy offense as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He will be entering his 31st season as a college coach in 2012. In his first year back at UW, the former Cowboy assistant coach and former Bowling Green head coach mentored 2011 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year Brett Smith at quarterback. Smith ranked No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference and No. 33 in the nation in total offense and earned First Team Freshman All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com.
With Brandon coordinating the Cowboy spread offense, the Pokes ranked No. 33 in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 181.6 yards per game. Wyoming also ranked No. 4 in the Mountain West in both rushing and passing offense (206.8 yards per game). Brandon's 2011 offensive unit was extremely effective at protecting the ball and limiting turnovers. UW's offense ranked No. 20 in the nation in fewest fumbles lost (8) and No. 32 in the NCAA in fewest total turnovers lost (19). He helped guide the Cowboys to the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, which marked his 10th bowl appearance as a coach in his 30 years as a college coach.
Brandon was the head coach at Bowling Green from 2003-08. During that six-year span, he led the Falcons to three bowl appearances and four winning seasons, including an 11-3 season in 2003, a 9-3 mark in 2004 and an 8-5 campaign in 2007. He won 60 percent of his games as a head coach, posting a head-coaching record of 44-30 at BGSU. In four of his six seasons as head coach, his teams averaged over 400 yards of total offense. Bowling Green defeated Northwestern in the 2003 Motor City Bowl, defeated Memphis in the 2004 GMAC Bowl and played Tulsa in the 2007 GMAC Bowl. The Falcons also earned a berth in the 2003 Mid-American Conference Championship game. His teams at Bowling Green recorded impressive non-conference wins: at Purdue (27-26 in 2003); at Minnesota (32-31 in 2007) and at Pittsburgh (27-17 in 2008). Bowling Green had 33 All-MAC selections and one MAC Player of the Year (Omar Jacobs in 2004) during Brandon's time at BGSU.
"I've known Gregg Brandon for a long time," said UW head coach Dave Christensen. "When we decided to implement the spread offense at Missouri, the person I contacted to teach our staff the spread was Gregg. He is one of the foremost experts on this offense in the country. He served as Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator at Bowling Green prior to becoming the head coach there for six seasons. Gregg, of course, also has ties to Wyoming. He coached here for four seasons with Coach (Paul) Roach, during one of the most successful periods in Wyoming Football history."
"I'm really excited to be back at the University of Wyoming," said Brandon. "I have great memories from here. As all Poke fans know, from `87-'90 we had a great run with back-to-back WAC Championships in `87 and `88 and a 16-0 run in conference. Those were great teams and working for Paul Roach was a tremendous experience. I learned so much football from him.
"I think this is a new era for Wyoming Football with Dave (Christensen). Dave and I have a history from when he was at Missouri and I was at Bowling Green. During those years, we had the opportunity to share ideas and share our offensive philosophies. To now be able to coach with him at a place like Wyoming that has great tradition and is a place where we can get great players and compete for a Mountain West Championship is about everything a coach can ask for. And at the same time to live in a great football community and state like Wyoming, I couldn't be happier."
Brandon's 2004 Falcon team set school and Mid-American Conference records for total offense (averaging 506.3 yards per game to rank No. 2 in the country) and scoring offense (averaging 44.3 points per game to rank No. 4 in the NCAA). That 2004 squad also averaged 338.3 passing yards per game to rank No. 3 in the nation, and had a pass efficiency rating of 165.5, ranking No. 4 in the country. His sophomore quarterback,Omar Jacobs, earned All-America honors, led the nation in touchdown passes with 41 and set an NCAA record for touchdown to interception ratio, throwing only four interceptions compared to his 41 TD passes during the `04 season. Bowling Green defeated Memphis, 52-35, in the 2004 GMAC Bowl.
In his first season as a head coach in 2003, Brandon guided the Falcons to a No. 23 national ranking in both the final Associated Press Poll and USA Today Coaches' Poll. Bowling Green was also ranked No. 24 in the 2003 final BCS standings, and was ranked for a school record eight consecutive weeks. The Falcons captured the Mid-American Conference West Division. BGSU's 2003 offense averaged 496.7 yards of total offense per game to rank No. 3 in the nation, 300.4 passing yards to rank No. 9 in the NCAA and 33.6 points per game to rank No. 20. Bowling Green concluded the season with a 28-24 win over Northwestern in the Motor City Bowl.
He was originally hired as Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Bowling Green in 2001 by Urban Meyer. In his two years in that position, he helped the Falcons post a combined 17-6 (.739) record. His 2002 offense ranked No. 3 in the NCAA in scoring offense (40.8 points per game), No. 8 in total offense (448.9 yards per game) and 15th in rushing (219.1 yards per game). BGSU broke 17 school records and seven MAC records that season.
From 1987-90, Brandon was the wide receivers' coach at Wyoming under head coach Paul Roach. During that four-year span, Wyoming won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference Championships in 1987 and `88 and went undefeated in conference play both years. The Cowboys appeared in the 1987 and 1988 Holiday Bowls. In 1990, UW earned an appearance in the Copper Bowl. Wyoming's combined record during Brandon's time as an assistant was 35-15-0 for a winning percentage of .700, and included records of 10-3 in 1987, 11-2 in 1988 and 9-4 in 1990.
After coaching at UW, Brandon was an assistant coach at Utah State (1991), Northwestern (1992-98), Colorado (1999-2000) and Bowling Green (2001-02), before serving as the head coach at Bowling Green (2003-08). In 2009, he was the offensive coordinator at Virginia, and in 2010 he was on the coaching staff of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League (UFL).
During his college career, he has helped lead nine teams to bowl appearances, including an appearance in the Rose Bowl at the conclusion of the 1995 season while coaching at Northwestern. Northwestern won the Big Ten title outright in 1995, and tied for the conference championship in 1996.
A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., he played his first year (1974) of college football at Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo., before transferring to Northern Colorado where he played his final three seasons (1975-77) as a defensive back and wide receiver. He graduated from UNC in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in education.
He and his wife, Robyn, have two sons, Nick and Tim. Brandon will recruit the state of Colorado for the Pokes.