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 Chris Tormey
Chris Tormey

Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Second season at UW

Alma Mater:
Idaho, '78


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Renaldo Hill Hired to Coach Cornerbacks at Wyoming

Hill served as a graduate assistant last season


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This Week's Featured Coach is Defensive Coordinator Chris Tormey


Derrick LeBlanc Hired as a Defensive Line Coach at Wyoming

Head Coach Dave Christensen announces new coaching staff duties.

Chris Tormey enters his second season with the Wyoming Football coaching staff as the Defensive Coordinator in 2013. He coached the Cowboy secondary in 2012, and in 2013 will continue as defensive coordinator and focus on coaching the Cowboy safeties. New UW assistant coach and former NFL defensive back Renaldo Hill will coach the Wyoming cornerbacks in 2013. Tormey will be entering his 34th season as a college coach this season.

His first season at Wyoming Tormey mentored senior free safety Luke Ruff, who went on to earn Capital One First Team Academic All-America honors and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Ruff was also named: a candidate for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List; a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Award, also referred to as the "Academic Heisman"; one of 30 national finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. Two other Cowboy defenders earned All-Conference recognition in 2012. Senior defensive tackle Mike Purcell earned First Team All-Mountain West honors, and senior linebacker Ghaali Muhammad was named Honorable Mention All-Mountain West in Tormey's first year as defensive coordinator. He also coached senior safety Luke Anderson, who was invited to a free-agent camp by the Washington Redskins.

Included in Tormey's previous 33 seasons of coaching experience are nine seasons of head-coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level at the University of Idaho and University of Nevada. While at Idaho, he led the Vandals to their first-ever bowl appearance in 1998, earning conference Coach-of-the-Year honors that season.

Back in 1991 as an assistant coach at the University of Washington, he helped guide the Huskies to the 1991 National Championship.

Tormey came to Wyoming from Washington State University where he was the linebackers' coach in 2011. He coached Cougar senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis to Second Team All-Pacific 12 honors in 2011.

Prior to 2011, Tormey coached the safeties and special teams at the University of Hawai'i for two seasons in 2009 and 2010. At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Hawai'i played Tulsa in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.

Tormey served as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Washington from 2004-08, his second stint on the Husky staff. Over that five-year period, Tormey had four recruiting classes ranked in the Top 35 nationally, including the 2008 class, which was ranked No. 14 in the nation by one national recruiting site.

Before returning to the University of Washington, Tormey served as the head coach at the University of Nevada for four seasons from 2000-03. He compiled a 16-31 (.340) record in his four seasons as the Wolf Pack moved into the Western Athletic Conference from the Big West. Each year, his teams improved their win total, culminating in a 6-6 mark during his final season of 2003. In that 2003 season, Tormey led the Wolf Pack to bowl-eligible status, with wins over Washington (28-17 in Seattle) and bowl teams Tulsa (28-21 in Tulsa) and Hawai'i (24-14 in Reno).

Tormey earned his first head-coaching position at his alma mater, the University of Idaho, in 1995. He would lead the Vandals to four winning seasons in five years and compiled a 33-23 (.589) record. During his tenure as head coach, Idaho made the move from the NCAA I-AA level to the I-A level. He guided Idaho to its first bowl appearance, a Humanitarian Bowl victory over Southern Mississippi by a score of 42-35 in 1998. That year, he was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year and led the Vandals to a 9-3 mark, which included an overtime win over rival Boise State. Additionally, he was named the Big West/Mid-American/NCAA I-A Independent Coach of the Year by The Sporting News in `98. Tormey posted a 3-2 record versus Boise State in his five seasons as head coach at Idaho. During his final year as head coach in 1999, the Vandals broke school attendance records by averaging more than 25,000 fans per home game. His 1995 squad advanced to the First Round of the NCAA I-AA Playoffs.

His first stint as an assistant coach at Washington began in 1984. For the next 11 years, ending with the 1994 season, he coached tight ends, outside linebackers, and the secondary at various times and served as defensive coordinator for his final two seasons. He began his coaching career at Washington under legendary Husky head coach Don James. He assumed the duties of acting defensive coordinator during the 1993 season, and in 1994 was named to that position permanently by then head coach Jim Lambright. During his tenure as an assistant, the Huskies appeared in 10 bowl games and won the 1991 National Championship.

His first full-time college coaching position was as defensive line coach at his alma mater, Idaho, from 1982-83. The 1982 Vandals advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA I-AA Playoffs.

Tormey began his college coaching career in 1980 as a graduate assistant at Washington from 1980-81. Prior to that, he coached and taught at Gonzaga Prep in 1978-79.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Tormey grew up in Spokane, Wash., where he attended Gonzaga Prep. Tormey was a linebacker at Idaho from 1974-77, and earned All-Big-Sky Conference honors in 1976-77. As a senior, he served as team captain before earning a degree in education from Idaho in 1978.

Following his graduation, he signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins.

Tormey and his wife, Kellie, have two daughters, Leah and Emily. He will recruit Southern California, Kansas and Washington for the Cowboys.

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