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UTEP Athletics to Thank Fans with Season Ticket Pickup Event

UTEP Athletics and the Miner football team are grateful to the fans that purchase 2016 season tickets.  Next week, fans can pick up their tickets and receive a very special “thank you” for their support.

From Tuesday, Aug. 2 through Thursday, Aug. 4, between the hours of noon and 7 p.m., UTEP cheerleaders and Paydirt Pete will be on hand at the UTEP Season Ticket Office.  Miner football players will be there onTuesday, Aug. 2 between 4 and 7 p.m. prior to departing for preseason camp in Ruidoso.

Fans can come purchase and/or pick up their tickets, take photos and receive a special gift from UTEP Athletics.  The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located in Brumbelow Building Room 109.

UTEP football season tickets start at just $75 and family packs (two adults/two youth ages 12 and under) are available for $210.  Call 747-6150 today to reserve your tickets for seven home games including I-10 rival NM State (Sept. 3) and Army (Sept. 17).

UTEP Sets the Stage for 26th Annual Minerpalooza Extravaganza

The University of Texas at El Paso’s largest tradition, Minerpalooza, will celebrate 26 years of Miner spirit with fun and entertainment for everyone on Friday, August 26th.

This year’s talent lineup includes headliner Sky (formerly of LMFAO); pop duo Nina Sky; local Spanish rock band SayVerse and the death-defying Motorcycle Globe of Death. Live entertainment will begin with local favorite Azucar followed by the UTEP Pantastics steel drum ensemble.

“Minerpalooza is one of the most exciting times for UTEP,” said Nicole Aguilar, director of UTEP’s Office of Student Life.“We really set the tone for the school year by celebrating what we know will be another great year, welcome all students coming back to campus and engage the greater community.

“With the variety of entertainment, food and attractions, there’s something for everyone. This is a great opportunity for students to see what UTEP is about and for the greater community to show their support.”

Additional festivities will include carnival-style games, inflatable jumping balloons inside Pete’s Playground, a variety of food vendors and food trucks, and a beer and wine garden. Kicking off the event, the UTEP Band and Cheerleaders will lead a pep rally featuring Paydirt Pete, student athletes and coaches.

Last year, approximately 20,000 people attended UTEP’s biggest and most anticipated tradition, and this year even more are expected to join in on the fun!

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information and updates, check out or contact the Office of Student Life at 915-747-5648.

What: UTEP’s Minerpalooza pep rally and party

When: 6 p.m. – midnight Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Where: Sun Bowl parking lot P-9, on the UTEP campus at the corner of Sun Bowl Drive and Glory Road

Five Miners Receive C-USA Preseason Honors

Five Miners earned a spot on the 2016 Conference USA Football preseason award list on Wednesday.

Leading the way on offense is Aaron Jones and Will Hernandez. Jones was recently named to the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award Watch List. The junior looks to make his return after suffering an ankle injury early in the season last year. Jones currently ranks eighth on the program’s all-time rushing list and has accounted for 20 touchdowns in 23 games.

Hernandez is a two-year starter for the Miners and looks to guide the offensive unit to another productive season. The unit is known for protecting the field, tying for sixth nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game.

On defense, captains Nick Usher and Alvin Jones garnered recognition. Usher will be making the move from defensive lineman to linebacker this season. Last season, the senior ranked second on the team in sacks with 3.5 for 21 yards. He also notched 46 tackles (27s/19a), 10 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, five quarterback hurries and a blocked kick.

In 2015, Jones led the team with 93 tackles (48s/45a), 14.5 tackles for loss (59 yards), 6.5 sacks (41 yards) and two safeties, while adding four quarterback hurries.

On special team, underclassman Warren Redix garnered punt returner honors. The all-around player was asked to step in on punt return late in the season and registered four punts for 24 yards.

UTEP will open the season at home against I-10 rival NM State on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. MT. Call 747-6150 today to purchase UTEP season tickets.

UTEP’s Jones Receives Doak Walker Honors

UTEP running back Aaron Jones was named to the 2016 Doak Walker Award Watch List on Thursday.

The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. This is the second straight year that the junior garners recognition on the watch list.

The El Paso native currently ranks eighth on the program’s all-time rushing list with 2,341-career rushing yards and has scored 20 total touchdowns in 23-career games. Last season, Jones started the first two games before a season ending injury. In the first half versus Texas Tech, he gained 139 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a program best 91-yard touchdown rush and added a 24-yard touchdown reception.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists on November 16, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the three finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 22. The committee will cast a second vote beginning Nov. 28 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2016 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas in early 2017.

UTEP will open the season on Sept. 3 at home versus I-10 rival NM State. Season tickets are on sale now for the Miners’ seven-game home schedule, which features a matchup with Army on Sept. 17. The UTEP season ticket office phone number is (915) 747-6150.

UTEP Football Season Tickets Now On Sale

With the 2016 UTEP football season is just a couple of months away, fans can now get on board for seven action-packed home games, at affordable prices.

The lowest season ticket price is $75 for general admission.  Family packs are also available for $210.  The family pack allows two adults and two youth (ages 12 and under) to attend every game.  That’s only $30 per family per contest!

New Family Pack accounts will also receive two free memberships to the Miner Kid’s Club presented by First Light FCU.

Benefits of Kid’s Club membership include an exclusive game day t-shirt, welcome pack with Miner giveaways, free entry to all regular season soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball home events, and free entry to one pre-selected regular season football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball home game.

In addition, there are special Kid’s Club days for each sport, members will get the chance to deliver game balls for each sport, and limited edition collector’s buttons will be given out at every home game.

Miner Kid’s Club membership is ordinarily $30 and $25 for additional siblings.

The Miner football team will open the season at home versus NM State on Sept. 3.  Other 2016 home games are Army (Sept. 17), Southern Miss (Sept. 24), FIU (Oct. 8), Old Dominion (Oct. 29), Houston Baptist (Nov. 5) and North Texas (Nov. 26).

Call 747-6150 today to purchase UTEP season tickets.

UTEP’s Jones Named to Maxwell Award Watch List

Aaron Jones was named to the 80th annual Maxwell Award watch list on Tuesday.

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.

Jones is one of six Conference USA players receiving recognition on the watch list. The junior currently ranks eighth on the program’s all-time rushing list with 2,341-career rushing yards and has scored 20 total touchdowns in 23-career games. Last season, Jones started the first two games before a season ending injury.

In the first half versus Texas Tech, he gained 139 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a program best 91-yard touchdown rush and added a 24-yard touchdown reception.

UTEP will open the season at home against I-10 rival NM State on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. MT. Call 747-6150 today to purchase UTEP season tickets.

UTEP Football Players named to All Conference-USA Preseason Team

Ten Miners were selected to the Athlon Sports All-Conference USA Preseason Team on Friday.

On offense, Aaron Jones and Will Hernandez were tabbed second team honors. Jones started the first two games last season before suffering a season-ending injury. The captain ran for 139 yards on 17 carries, including a program-best 91-yard touchdown rush and added a 24-yard touchdown reception against Texas Tech. The junior also garnered C-USA honorable mention honors after only playing two games last season.

As a sophomore, Hernandez started all 12 games last year at the left guard position. He was named to Phil Steele’s 2015 Postseason All-Conference USA third team and earned a C-USA honorable mention. He was part of the unit that led C-USA in sacks allowed (12) and ranked tied sixth nationally in sacks allowed per game (1.0).

Also earning second team recognition are specialist Jay Mattox and Alan Luna. Mattox led UTEP with 68 points and connected on 15-of-19 field goal attempts and was 23-of-24 on PATs. Currently the senior ranks third amongst kickers in program history with 203 points and his 98-career PATs ranks second in school history.

Last season, Luna ranked tied second in C-USA and tied 16th nationally in punting average (44.4 yards per punt). The walk-on tallied 21 punts on 50-plus yards and 15 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Receiving third team honors are Alvin Jones and Hayden Plinke. Jones played and started in all 12 games last season. The linebacker led the team with 93 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two safeties and added four quarterback hurries.

Plinke played in 11 games and started in 10 before missing the last game of the season due to injury. He was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List and ranked second on the team in receptions (37) and receiving yards (405).

Garnering fourth team recognition are Jerome Daniels, Nick Usher, Devin Cockrell and Terry Juniel.

The Miners were picked to finish third in the league in the west division and were selected to challenge Southern Miss for the top spot. Both Steven Lassan and Mitch Light picked UTEP as the sleeper team. Lassan also designated Aaron Jones the comeback player of the year.

UTEP will kickoff the season at home on Sept. 3 against I-10 rival NM State at 6 p.m. MT.

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Two UTEP Football Road Games Picked Up for TV

Conference USA announced its preliminary 2016 football television schedule on Wednesday, and two of the Miners’ five road games have been selected for airing.

The Longhorn Network will carry UTEP’s road opener at Texas on Sept. 10 with a start time of 5 p.m. MT.

The Miners’ C-USA road opener at LA Tech on Oct. 1 will also be televised.  Kickoff is at 5 p.m. as well and the game will be shown on the American Sports Network.

The Conference USA championship game is on Dec. 3 and will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Additional Conference USA football television exposures will be released as soon as they are finalized.

UTEP will open the season on Sept. 3 at home versus I-10 rival NM State.  Season tickets are on sale now for the Miners’ seven-game home schedule, which features a matchup with Army on Sept. 17.  The UTEP season ticket office phone number is(915) 747-6150.

UTEP Football Adds Transfer Quarterback Greenlee from Fresno State

UTEP football looks to add depth to the roster with Fresno State transfer Zack Greenlee on Monday.

The junior was with the Bulldogs for three years and saw the field for two seasons. As a sophomore in 2015, Greenlee played in seven games and started at quarterback in five. He led the team with 866 passing yards and completed 74-of-156 pass attempts with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.

During Greenlee’s redshirt freshman year, he played in three games, drawing one start under center versus Wyoming. He connected on an 81-yard touchdown pass against Southern Utah that accounted for the longest touchdown of the season for Fresno State.

Out of high school, Greenlee was invited to participate in the Elite 11 QB Camp and finished camp ranked No. 4 out of the nation’s top 25 quarterbacks. The transfer earned MVP honors at the Las Vegas Elite 11 Regional and was an Under Armour All-America selection.

The team will kick off the season on Sept. 3 versus NM State at the Sun Bowl. For season tickets, please call 915-747-6150.


2015 (Sophomore): Played in seven games, starting five at quarterback  … he led the team with 866 passing yards … completed 74-of-156 pass attempts with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions … his 82-yard touchdown pass to Jamire Jordan against No. 21 Utah was the longest by a Bulldog since 2012 when Derek Carr completed an 89-yard TD to Davante Adams … entered the Utah game in the fourth quarter and threw three touchdown passes, becoming the first Bulldog quarterback going all the way back through at least 1980 to throw three TD passes in a fourth quarter of a game … threw for a season-high 285 yards and six touchdown passes at Hawai`i, tying for the second most TD passes in school and Mountain West single-game history … of his six TDs at UH, five went to different receivers, marking a program first that five different receivers caught a TD in the same game.

2014 (RS Freshman): Played in three games, drawing one start under center versus Wyoming … completed 18-of-41 passes for 213 yards and one touchdown on the season … had an 81-yard touchdown pass against Southern Utah that accounted for the longest touchdown of the season for the Bulldogs … in his start against Wyoming, he was 7-for-16 passing for 55 yards and rushed seven times for 40 yards … was 7-of-18 passing for 49 yards at the Hawai`i Bowl versus Rice.

2013 (Freshman): Redshirted.

High School: Invited to participate in the Elite 11 QB Camp in 2012 and finished camp ranked No. 4 out of the nation’s top 25 quarterbacks … earned MVP honors at the Las Vegas Elite 11 Regional … was a 2012 Under Armour All-America selection and played in the All-America game … threw for 1,953 yards with 22 touchdowns and had only two interceptions as a senior … led the Lincoln Trojans to an 8-4 record … finished the season going 11-straight games without throwing an interception … was the Offensive MVP of his conference as a senior and a first-team All-Area selection … threw for 2,415 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions as a junior and was the team MVP … named an All-Area selection and the All-League Back of the Year … in 2010 as a sophomore he threw for 1,459 yards on 88-of-156 passing with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions … earned All-Area and All-League honorable mention accolades … also ran track as a junior, posting a personal-best of 11.02 in the 100-meters … was an honor roll student.

Personal: Born in Stockton, Calif. … son of Cassandra and Jay Greenlee … has one older brother, Jaycob … received degree in mass communications and journalism from Fresno State in May 2016.

Defense shines During UTEP’s Spring Game

The UTEP Miners capped their spring camp on a windy Friday night with their annual Blue and White scrimmage in the Sun Bowl. The scrimmage  featured plenty of miscues from the offense and more gang tackling from the defense.

The Miners return 47 lettermen to a team that finished 5-7 last season, including Running Back Aaron Jones who was held from playing during Friday’s action.

13045578_1168666873157420_1868089604_nThe defense of new coordinator Tom Mason, outplayed the offense, forcing quarterbacks Ryan Metz and Kavika Johnson to a combined 6 of 33 on pass attempts.

“The defense had our number, there were a lot of miscues on my part, I think just overall as an offense we didn’t click the way we wanted to,” Metz said. “A lot of guys did some good things, but there’s still a lot to clean up, especially on my part. Both Kavika and me looked at each other and we weren’t pleased with how it went.”

Johnson struggled completing passes to the outside receivers, connecting on only two of 22 pass attempts including an interception on the night.

12992976_1168666813157426_1369909939_n“Offensively, pretty spotty tonight from the receiver play, too many drops, not running through routes,” head coach, Sean Kugler said. “Those are things we have to clear up.I thought Treyvon Hughes ran really well, physical, I think he established himself as the number two back.”

Kugler acknowledged the poor display by the offense, but was pleased with the performance by the defense.

“That’s back-to-back scrimmages they came out and lit it up and really on all faces,” Kugler said. “Short yardage did a nice job, the goal line offense go the best of it, red zone we moved the ball in segments and again, I’m really pleased where we’re at defensively. I’m more excited about the guys we’re going to get back after spring ball. Guys like Alvin Jones, Luke Elsner.”

The defensive unit that shined was missing several starters, while replacements capitalized on the opportunity and established themselves as potential starters and rotation players.

“A guy like Brendan Royal, he kind of established himself as kind of a part-time starter, he’s going to be an impact player on the defense. Some of the young defensive linemen stepped up today, I saw (Gene) Hopkins had a few sacks in there,” Kugler said. “Mad dog (Brian Madunezim) had a great spring, Geno Bresolin was solid and some of the back up linebackers did a nice job and we were looking for guys who could be back ups.”

The performance showed that players are responding to Mason’s play calling in what Royal says will only get them better for the summer camp.

“Just the knowledge of the defense, just playing hard and fast,” Royal said. “Most of the time when you have a new defense you kind of play slow and tentative, but I think we’ve been playing real fast.”

UTEP Football Hires Cornerbacks Coach

Head coach Sean Kugler announced the addition of Derrius Bell to the football coaching staff on Tuesday.

Bell comes to UTEP after serving on the SMU staff for three seasons. Bell will be working with the Miners cornerbacks.

Bell served as the Mustangs defensive coordinator of quality control from 2013-2014. Prior to being promoted to quality control, Bell was a graduate assistant under Miners’ defensive coordinator Tom Mason.

In 2012, he was instrumental in the Mustangs defensive journey, posting two shutouts and tying an NCAA interception record, ranking 15th in rush defense with just 118 yards per game, while also tying for third in takeaways (37), ranking second in fumble recoveries for touch­down (16) and led the nation in interceptions for touchdown (eight).

Bell not only aided Mason for three seasons but also played for him at SMU. He lettered for the Mustangs for three season (2007-2009) and appeared in over 20 games. During his playing career, he notched 66 tackles and two interceptions. As a sophomore he started in 11 games and totaled 53 stops, 5.5 tackles for loss and nine pass breakups. In 2007, saw action in nine games as a true freshman.

Prior to heading to SMU, Bell rated the 12th-best corner prospect by As a senior at Hillcrest High School, he recorded 59 tackles, three picks and seven pass breakups. Bell also made an impact on special teams and offense, notching two kickoff returns for touchdowns and catching 13 passes for 158 yards and a score.

Bell received his degree from SMU in 2011. His older brother Dustin Bell played corner for the Miners two seasons (2008-2009).

Season tickets and prices will be released and go on sale for the 2016 season in early March. Football season ticket renewal invoices will go out in mid-March. For more information or to purchase season tickets, please call the UTEP Season Ticket Office at (915) 747-6150.

UTEP Announces 2016 Football Schedule; Miners set to play Texas, Army

UTEP Football Head Coach Sean Kugler announced the 2016 football schedule on Thursday.

“We are excited to have four of our first six games at home, including Army which will be a great game for the El Paso community and Fort Bliss,” said Kugler.

After only playing five home games last season, the Miners are slated to have seven home games during the 2016 campaign. The team will open play on Sept. 3 versus I-10 rival NM State. UTEP will look to extend its seven-game winning streak against the Aggies.

The Miners will then travel to Longhorn nation to take on Texas on Sept. 10. This will be the fifth meeting between the teams (1930, 1933, 2008, 2009). The last meeting between the squads was held in Austin and Texas was ranked second in the nation.

The football team will then return to the Sun City to take on Army on Sept. 17. This will be the first meeting between the teams and a great opportunity for the community of El Paso and Fort Bliss to come out and support UTEP and the Black Knights.

“We will open up conference play against the top two teams in our division and will be able to have a bye week during the midpoint of the season to evaluate where we are at,” said Kugler.

The Miners are then slated to commence Conference USA play at home on Sept. 24 against conference champions Southern Miss. UTEP will have two conference shows at LA Tech (Oct. 1) and versus FIU (Oct. 8) before entering its bye week (Oct. 15).

They then will travel to San Antonio to take on the Roadrunners on Oct. 29. The last time the Miners played at the Alamodome, the defense shutout UTSA, 34-0. UTEP will then have back-to-back home games battling it out against conference foe Old Dominion (Oct. 29) and Houston Baptist (Nov. 5). This will be the first meeting between the Huskies and the Miners.

UTEP will then hit the road to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on Florida Atlantic (Nov. 12) and then travel to Houston for its 19th meeting versus Rice (Nov. 19).

The Miners will conclude the season at home on Nov. 26 to battle it out against North Texas.

Season tickets and prices will be released and go on sale for the 2016 season in early March. Football season ticket renewal invoices will go out in mid-March. For more information or to purchase season tickets, please call the UTEP Season Ticket Office at (915) 747-6150.

2016 UTEP Football Schedule

Sept. 3             NEW MEXICO STATE

Sept. 10           at Texas

Sept. 17           ARMY

Sept. 24           SOUTHERN MISS*

Oct. 1              at Louisiana Tech*

Oct. 8              FIU*

Oct. 15            BYE

Oct. 22            at UTSA*

Oct. 29            OLD DOMINION*

Nov. 5             HOUSTON BAPTIST

Nov. 12           at Florida Atlantic*

Nov. 19           at Rice*

Nov. 26           NORTH TEXAS*

Home games in ALL CAPS | * Denotes C-USA Games

Coach Kugler announces Mason as UTEP’s Defensive Coordinator

UTEP football head coach Sean Kugler announced the hiring of Tom Mason as the Miners defensive coordinator on Saturday.

“Tom is an outstanding coach, who comes highly recommended and brings a lot of experience to UTEP, “ said head coach Sean Kugler. “He has 38 years of experience in coaching many of those as a defensive coordinator.”

Tom Mason brings nearly 40 years of defensive experience to the Miners.

“We feel his defensive scheme fits our personnel and I am looking forward to him working with our players,” said Kugler.

Mason served as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach for Hawaii during the 2015 season. During his time with the Rainbow Warriors, Mason mentored defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii, who garnered All-Mountain West first team honors. Tulimasealii was featured on the preseason watch list for Polynesian Player of the Year and led the conference in tackles for loss with a season total of 18.5, ranking 16th in the nation.

He racked up 63 tackles this season, including 42 solo stops. Tulimasealii finished the season ranked third in tackles among MW defensive linemen and notched eight quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Mason also helped inside linebacker Julian Gener finish the season with team highs of 95 tackles and 62 unassisted tackles, ranking sixth in the MW in tackles and third in solo tackles (27th in NCAA).

Prior to Hawaii, Mason was the defensive coordinator at SMU for seven years. During his tenure with the Mustangs, he transformed the SMU defense into one of the nation’s best, helping the program regain its former glory while working under former UH head coach June Jones. Mason’s defense aided SMU to four consecutive bowl seasons and a narrow loss in the 2010 Conference-USA Championship Game.

The Mustangs hit a new high in that journey in 2012 with the defense under Mason’s guidance, posting two shutouts and tying an NCAA interception record, ranking 15th in rush defense with just 118 yards per game, while also tying for third in takeaways (37), ranking second in fumble recoveries for touch­down (16) and led the nation in interceptions for touchdown (8).

Mason guided numerous SMU players to all-conference honors, including cornerback Kenneth Acker, who was named all-American Athletic Conference (AAC) and was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Five Mustang defenders earned All-Conference USA honors in 2012, with first-teamers Ja’Gared Davis and Margus Hunt, while the 2011 season saw eight SMU defenders earn all-C-USA accolades, highlighted by first-teamers Richard Crawford and Taylor Thompson.

The 2012 squad capped off its fourth consecutive year in a bowl, putting Mason’s defense on display in defeating Fresno State 43-10 in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, highlighted by Hunt’s two-forced fumble, three-sack Co-MVP performance, holding FSU to just 16 yards rushing.

SMU closed the 2011 season with a BBVA Compass Bowl win that saw the Mustangs limit Pittsburgh to just 10 rushing yards and a bowl-record-low six points.

The 2010 season saw Davis and Thompson tabbed all-CUSA first-teamers, with a narrow 16-14 loss to Army West Point in the Armed Forces Bowl. Mason’s defense played to the challenge, limiting the Black Knights to only 229 yards of offense despite the loss.

In 2009, Mason transformed SMU’s defense from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4 and the results were immediate. In SMU’s 45-10 win over Nevada in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, the Mustang defense held the Wolf Pack’s No. 1-ranked rushing offense to a season-low 137 yards—more than 200 yards below its average. Under his tutelage, SMU linebacker Chase Kennemer was named first team all-C-USA and seven other Mustangs were tabbed for honorable mention all-conference honors.

Mason arrived at SMU after spending seven seasons at Fresno State, where he coached linebackers. There, he developed numerous standout linebackers including 2007 WAC Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Riley, 2006 first team all-WAC honoree Dwayne Andrews and 2003 first-teamer Bryce McGill.

Mason joined the Bulldog coaching staff in 2001 after spending one season as linebackers coach with the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL. He also spent time in the pro ranks as receivers coach for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League and as defensive backs coach for NFL Europe’s Scottish Claymores.

Mason boasts an extensive collegiate resume, having served as defensive coordinator (1999) and secondary coach (1998-99) at Nevada and defensive coordinator at both Northern Iowa (1997-98) and Boise State (1993-96). At Boise, Mason helped coordinate a Bronco defense that reached the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA National Championship Game and then served as Boise’s interim head coach from August through November 1996.

Prior to his time in Boise, he was defensive coordinator at Portland State (1982-86), helping lead the Vikings to four playoff appearances and two national championship games. He also served as the linebackers coach at Eastern Washington (1981-85) and was the defensive line coach at Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College (1978-80).

As a player, Mason began his career as a linebacker at Idaho before transferring to Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College. He finished out his playing career at Nevada from 1976-77. Mason received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and a Master of Science degree in physical education and post-secondary education from Eastern Washington.

Mason and his wife, Jami, have a daughter, Brenna.

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Coach Kugler announces staffing changes

UTEP football head coach Sean Kugler announced staffing changes on Thursday.

Heading the UTEP offense will be coordinator Brent Pease. Pease joins the Miners with 25 years of coaching experience, he worked with Chris Petersen eight seasons and most recently was the wide receivers coach at Washington.

Rice at UTEP-37Also on the offensive side of the ball, Theron Aych will serve as the wide receivers coach for the Miners. Aych spent the last five seasons at Angelo State as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

The Miners linebackers will also be under new leadership with the addition of Don Yanowsky, who comes to UTEP with over three decades of coaching experience on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

Recently, Yanowsky assumed duties as the special teams coordinator for two seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks (2014-15) of the Canadian Football League.

National Signing Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3. Kugler’s signing day press conference is scheduled for 12 p.m. MT and will be live streamed online at



Brent Pease

Brent Pease, who spent two seasons as the University of Washington’s wide receivers coach makes his way to the Sun City as the offensive coordinator.

The 25-year coaching veteran spent six seasons on Chris Petersen’s Boise State staff and reunited with Petersen in 2014. In 2015, he guided the Huskies to its sixth straight bowl game, which is the third longest active bowl-berth streak in the Pac-12 conference. Pease mentored senior Jaydon Mickens who ranked No. 2 in UW career receptions (203) and No. 5 in career receiving yards (2,187). Mickens finished the season with a best of 692 receiving yards, including a showing of five catches for 100 yards versus Arizona State.

In 2014, Husky receivers gained a reputation for explosive plays. Sophomore John Ross alone scored seven total touchdowns, four of which were receptions of over 50 yards. Ross recorded a career best reception of 91 yards, which is the second longest in UW history. Meanwhile, Mickens finished the season with 60 receptions, tied for 10th-most in Washington history.

Prior to heading to Seattle, Pease spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida. He coached starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for two seasons. As a sophomore, Driskel completed 156-of-245 passes for 1,646 yards with 12 touchdowns. The athletic quarterback also ran 118 times for 408 yards (3.5 avg.) on the season with three touchdowns. His rushing yards ranked seventh in school history by a quarterback for a single season.  In 2013, Driskel threw for 477 yards completing 42-of-63 passes before suffering a season-ending injury.

In 2011, Pease was promoted to offensive coordinator at Boise State. He had previously served as the wide receivers coach for the Broncos for five seasons, including 2006, when head coach Sean Kugler was on the coaching staff.

As the coordinator, Pease led the sixth-ranked Broncos to a dominating victory over Arizona State at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. That season, Pease coached quarterback Kellen Moore, a finalist for the 2011 Maxwell Award and the first quarterback in NCAA FBS history to record 50 career victories as a starter (Moore was 50-3). Moore was also the first FBS player to record 3,000 yards passing and total offense in four straight seasons and was one of only six quarterbacks to surpass 14,000 career-passing yards.

Since joining the Bronco coach staff in 2006, Pease has made his mark on the Boise State football program, helping coach some of the most productive wide receivers in school history. Under Pease’s guidance from 2007-10, former Bronco Austin Pettis and Titus Young played their way to the top of the Boise State record books. Young was a second-round NFL Draft selection by the Detroit Lions, and Pettis was selected in the third round by the St. Louis Rams. Pettis finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (229) and receiving touchdowns (39), while also ranking second in career receiving yards (2,838). Young, meanwhile, ranked No. 1 all-time in career receiving yards (3,063) and No. 2 in career receptions (204). He also ranked fourth in career receiving touchdowns (25).

Pettis and Young both played their way to first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2009 and 2010. Pettis earned the honor in 2009 after a record-setting season in which he caught a school-record 14 touchdowns, including a record streak of 10-consecutive games with a scoring catch.

Pease also coached Jeremy Childs into the Bronco record books. The former first team All-WAC selection currently ranks sixth all-time in career receptions (168) and ranks second for single-season receptions (82; 2007).

In 2010, Pease was named the FootballScoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year presented by SpeedTracs. Under the tutelage of Pease, a dynamic trio of receivers helped Boise State average 46 points per game, while completing 71 percent of passing attempts.

Before joining the Bronco coaching staff in 2006, Pease had spent the previous three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Baylor. In his last season at Baylor, Pease helped the Bears post a 5-6 record, their best finish since 1995.

From 2001-02 Pease served as offensive coordinator at Kentucky, where he helped turn the Wildcats into one of the top scoring offenses in the country. After posting a 2-9 season in Pease’s first year, Kentucky finished 7-5 in 2002 – matching the team’s best record since 1984 – and was ranked 23rd-nationally in scoring offense.

Pease coached future NFL players Artose Pinner (Detroit Lions) and Jared Lorenzen (New York Giants) during his two seasons at Kentucky. Pinner finished 13th in the nation in rushing in 2002 and Lorenzen was 23rd in pass efficiency that season.

Under Pease’s guidance, Derek Abney ranked 10th-nationally in all-purpose rushing in 2002 and was 12th in 2001.

Before moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision level as a coordinator, Pease spent 10 seasons at Football Championship Subdivision schools Montana and Northern Arizona, five of which as a coordinator. Pease served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NAU from 1999-2000.

He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montana, his alma mater, from 1996-98 and was an offensive assistant coach for the Grizzlies from 1991-95. Pease helped the Grizzlies establish themselves as one of the premier FCS programs in the mid-1990s when they won the FCS national championship in 1995, finished second in 1996 and advanced to the semifinals in 1994. During Pease’s tenure at Montana, the Grizzlies finished with 10-or-more wins four times in eight years. And while he was offensive coordinator, the team compiled records of 14-1 (1996), 8-4 (1997) and 8-4 (1998).

While at Montana, Pease played a key role in the success of star quarterbacks Dave Dickenson and Brian Ah Yat. Montana led the FCS in passing in 1996, averaging 339.6 yards per game while leading the Big Sky Conference in both 1996 and 1998. Under Pease, Ah Yat threw a Big Sky-record 42 touchdown passes in 1996. Dickenson ranks first in Big Sky history in total offense and Ah Yat is 12th. Ah Yat led the FCS in 1996 with an average of 340.36 yards of total offense per game. Dickenson was the 1995 Walter Payton Award winner and an Associated Press All-American in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Ah Yat was a Payton Award finalist and a FCS All-American in 1996 and 1998. Dickenson and Ah Yat combined to win five Big Sky MVP awards.

Pease graduated from Mountain Home (Idaho) High School in 1983. He played quarterback at Walla Walla Community College from 1983-84 and then at Montana from 1985-86. Pease ranked ninth at Montana in both single-season and career passing. Pease was drafted by the Vikings in 1987 and was later released and picked up by the Oilers. Pease started three games with Houston during the strike-shortened season in 1987. He was a back up for Warren Moon during the 1988 campaign. He graduated from Montana in 1990 with a degree in health and human performance with an emphasis in social science. He and his wife Paula have one daughter, Halle and one son, Karsten.

Theron Aych

Theron Aych will serve as the wide receivers coach after accepting an assistant coaching job with the Miners. Aych spent the last five seasons at Angelo State as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

Under Aych, the Rams’ offense put up staggering numbers in 2015, leading the nation (Division II) in total offense with over 560 yards per game and ranking seventh in points per game (42.5). Senior quarterback Kyle Washington, under Aych’s tutelage, threw for 3,691 yards (Angelo State single-season record), ranking sixth in the nation. Washington registered 27 passing scores and only nine interceptions on 265-of-443 passing. Washington also rushed for 831 yards and 15 scores, as he led the nation in total offense and broke ASU’s single-season record for total yards with 4,522. Washington was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Aych is also a 2015 finalist for American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year.

In 2014, Angelo State averaged 39.4 points per contest, while racking up 469.7 yards of total offense per game. The Rams registered a 9-3 overall record in 2014. Washington set a single-season school record by throwing for 34 touchdowns and being the first Ram in history to throw for over 3,000 yards with 3,236.

The Zachary, La., native coached at NCAA Division II Central Missouri for four years (2005-08) after previously serving as an assistant at the University of Washington for two seasons (2003-04) and the University of Houston for three seasons (2000-02). Aych also coached at the junior college level – Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and Mesabi Range (Minn.) Community College – and at the high school level at Aberdeen (S.D.) Central.

At Central Missouri as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator, Aych mentored Delanie Walker, a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate as one of the top NCAA Division II football players and eventual selection in the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

Aych coached on the other side of the line of scrimmage, assisting with the outside linebackers and punters as a graduate assistant at Washington for two seasons. While at the Houston, Aych coached the running backs, as Cougars’ tailback Joffrey Reynolds was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year by Sporting News after rushing for over 1,500 yards in 2002. Prior to coaching the rushing attack, Aych assisted with the tight ends and kickers in 2001.

Prior to his two years at Mesabi Range, Aych spent three years as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Aberdeen Central High School after beginning his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Before his coaching career, Aych started three years as a wide receiver at Northern State from 1989-93 and earned honorable mention Northern Sun Conference honors as a senior. He earned a degree in sociology and criminal justice for NSU in 1996. Aych and his wife, Gwyn, have two children, Tommy and Katelyn.

Don Yanowsky

Don Yanowsky comes to UTEP with over three decades of coaching experience on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Yanowsky will serve as the assistant special teams coordinator and linebackers coach for the 2016 season.

Recently, Yanowsky, known as “Yano” in football circles, assumed duties as the special teams coordinator for two seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks (2014-15) of the Canadian Football League. Ottawa won the East Division with a 12-6 overall record. The Redblacks defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28, in the Eastern Final to reach the 103rd Grey Cup against the Edmonton Eskimos.

The native of Chicago made his CFL debut with the Calgary Stampeders as the linebackers coach in 2012. Yanowsky held the position for two years. Calgary played in the 100th Grey Cup (2012).

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Yanowsky was the tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator at Memphis for two seasons (2010-11). It was his second stint with the Tigers, as he assumed duties with the offensive line and as recruiting coordinator (1989-95).

Yanowsky coached the tight ends at LSU in 2009, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. Before coaching in Baton Rouge, Yanowsky coached two seasons (2007-08) at Boston College, serving as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. Yanowsky’s tight ends combined to catch 73 passes for 719 yards and five scores in 2007. The Eagles went 11-3, as they defeated Michigan State, 24-21, at the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl. Boston College also advanced to the 2008 Music City Bowl against Vanderbilt.

Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Yanowsky spent the 2006 season coaching tight ends and special teams under Skip Holtz at East Carolina. He coached at Duke for three years (2003-05), coaching the offensive line for two years, and the outside linebackers and special teams for one season.

Steve Logan hired Yanowsky at East Carolina for the first time in 2001, coaching the defensive line, and helping the Pirates earn a berth in the GMAC Bowl that year.

Other coaching stops for Yanowsky include a four-year stint (1997-2000) at Arkansas State; one one-year stay at Minnesota (1996) to coach the defensive line; and a three-year stay at Utah (1982-84) as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

Yanowsky got his started to coach in 1981 when he was hired as a student assistant coach at his alma mater Toledo. He started two years at the offensive guard position for the Rockets for two years (1979-80). Prior to transferring to Toledo, Yanowsky played at Snow Junior College at the same position (1978-79). From 1985-1987, Yanowsky coached at the high school level, serving as offensive coordinator at Bountiful (Utah) High School and later as the head coach at Viewmont High School in Utah, before returning to the collegiate ranks in 1989 at Memphis.

A 1982 graduate of Toledo, Yanowsky earned a degree in education. Yanowsky is married to the former Janet Free and the couple has two sons, Donnie Jacob.


UTEP’s Fisher to play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Senior Kelvin Fisher Jr. was selected to play in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The game is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 4 p.m. MT in the StubHub Center located on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills.

Fisher Jr. played for the Miners two seasons and recorded 39 stops, five pass breakups, one interception, one fumble recovered, and one quarterback hurry. During his senior campaign, he notched three showings with five or more tackles, two of which led the Miners to back-to-back wins.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is the premier post-season all-star game for draft-eligible college players. The week-long schedule provides participants with a first-class professional experience while introducing them to the business of the National Football League.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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