One of the worst kept secrets in recent Wyoming football memory became official yesterday with the announcement of Chris Tormey as the new Cowboy defensive coordinator. Marty English the defensive coordinator for the first three years under Christensen will stay on staff as the linebackers coach; a job he held under previous Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn. If you are a Wyoming fan you have to be happy with what Dave Christensen has done at the offensive and defensive coordinator spots over the last two off-seasons. There are not too many head coaches in the country who would hire two coordinators with more head coaching experience than them. Stubbornness and ego have cost many head coaches their jobs as they refused to bring in new ideas and an equal coaching mind into their locker room.
Last off-season Christensen refreshed his offense with Gregg Brandon whom he learned the intricacies of the spread offense from and has known for many years after the departure of Marcus Arroyo. Wyoming could not ask for a better upgrade offensively and the good news is this offense still has a lot of room to grow. Now this off-season Christensen realized that Marty English was not the man to take Wyoming’s defense to the next level and decided to make a change. He has brought in an experienced defensive assistant with head coaching experience who shares his overall coaching philosophy both having cut their coaching teeth under Washington’s Don James. Marty English must be given some credit too. There are not many coaches who would accept a demotion and stay on staff. English is a solid position coach with strong recruiting ties to the state of Colorado that provides Wyoming many players, it was important to keep him on staff for this reason alone. These moves show that Christensen puts winning before his own ego and now gives the Pokes a very experienced coaching staff that should benefit the football program moving forward.