Brent Vigen named Wyoming Associate Head Coach LARAMIE, Wyo.
University of Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl announced on Tuesday that offensive coordinator Brent Vigen is being elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach. The announcement was made at a noon press conference kicking off the start of Wyoming Spring Football. Vigen took over as Wyoming's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2014 and will enter his fourth season in that role in 2017, as well as adding the additional responsibility of Associate Head Coach. He helped the Cowboys capture the 2016 Mountain Division title in the Mountain West Conference, earn a berth in the 2016 Mountain West Championship Game, defeat two Top 25 ranked teams along the way and earn an invitation to the 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. "As we move our Cowboy Football program forward, I feel it is critical Brent's (Vigen) role be enhanced for us to continue to be successful in the competitive Mountain West Conference," said Bohl. "Brent is an extremely capable coach. He's done a phenomenal job with our offense, and we look forward to him being more involved in other facets of our football program." Among the specific areas that Bohl said Vigen will be more involved in include having more autonomy over recruiting of players, particularly offensive players, and coach outlet stores yuma Vigen will take a more active and visible role in the promotion of Wyoming Football. "I would like to thank Coach Bohl, Tom Burman and the administration here for entrusting me with the additional responsibilities this new title carries," said Vigen. "Coach (Bohl) has been great to me over our many years together, allowing me to grow in this profession. Our family has really enjoyed our time here in Wyoming, and we are looking forward to continued success in 2017!" Vigen is entering his 20th year as a college coach and his ninth as an offensive coordinator. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, North Dakota State, in 1998 after completing his playing career with the Bison in 1997. He was elevated to a full time coaching position in 2001. When Bohl took over as head coach at NDSU in the 2003 season, Vigen was retained by Bohl. He was elevated to passing game coordinator in 2004 and offensive coordinator in 2009. Bohl and Vigen are entering their 15th season coaching together in 2017. The 2016 coach outlet albertville mn online season saw the Wyoming offense rank 25th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 35.9 points per game. The Cowboys were 32nd in the NCAA in time of possession (31:34 per game), 33rd in the country in passing efficiency (143.82 rating), averaged 205.4 rushing yards coach outlet coupons keurig per game to rank 36th in the NCAA and accounted for 434.5 yards of total offense per game to rank No. 48 in the country. UW led the Mountain West and ranked 22nd in the nation in first downs (312). The Pokes were second in the MW and 14th in the NCAA in red zone offense, scoring on 90.6 percent of their red zone opportunities. Vigen helped develop Cowboy quarterback Josh Allen, who earned Second Team All Mountain West Conference honors as a redshirt sophomore in 2016. Allen led the Mountain West and was 20th in the nation in touchdown passes (28), and ranked first in the conference and 16th in the NCAA in Points Responsible for (218). Allen ranked second in the league in both passing yards (228.8 yards per game) and total offense (266.1 yards per game). Wyoming had five offensive players earn First or Second Team All Mountain West honors in 2016, tying them with Boise State for the most players from any one team on the All Mountain West Offense, excluding special teams performers. In addition to Allen, the other members of Vigen's 2016 offense who earned postseason honors were: First Team All Mountain selections Brian Hill at running back, Chase Roullier at center and Jacob Hollister at tight end. Wide receiver Tanner Gentry was a Second Team All Mountain West selection in 2016, along with Allen. Hill was also one of only 10 national semifinalists for the 2016 Doak Walker Award. In 2016, Hill ranked No. 3 in the nation in rushing yards (1,860), No. 4 in rushing TDs (22) and No. 12 in scoring (9.4 points per game). Roullier was named to both the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists. Both Hill and Roullier were invited to the 2017 NFL Draft Combine. Hill was a Third Team All America selection by College Sports Madness. Roullier was a Second Team All American as selected by USA Today Sports. Roullier also played in the East West Shrine Game following his senior season. Gentry was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the second time in 2016. In 2016, Gentry ranked No. 9 in the nation in receiving TDs (14) and No. 12 in the country in receiving yards (1,326). Among the outstanding players who Vigen was involved in recruiting and coaching during his career at North Dakota State was former Bison quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz was the second overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz's selection at No. 2 ranked him as the highest FCS player ever drafted in the NFL Draft. He went on to start as a rookie for the Eagles. While at North Dakota State, Vigen helped lead the Bison to three consecutive NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Championships in 2011, '12 and '13. In 2015, Vigen's Wyoming offense had two individuals earn All Mountain West honors as Hill and Roullier both earned Second Team All Conference. Hill was one of 11 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award in 2015 and was the only semifinalist from a non Power Five conference. Wide receiver Gentry was also named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List in 2015. The 2015 Wyoming offense ranked sixth in the Mountain West in passing efficiency, with a rating of 135.0. Vigen's 2014 Cowboy offense ranked fifth in the Mountain West in passing offense, averaging 227.8 yards per game, and featured Biletnikoff Award Watch List receiver Dominic Rufran, who was invited to a free agent camp by the Atlanta Falcons following his senior season. Another Cowboy senior, offensive tackle Connor Rains, signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos following the 2014 season. Vigen's Wyoming offense was very effective at protecting the ball in 2014, committing only 18 turnovers to rank No. 4 in the MW and No. 33 in the nation. Vigen served coach outlet store online backpack as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Dakota State under Bohl from 2009 13. In 2013, Vigen's offense at North Dakota State ranked No. 10 in the nation in scoring offense (38.7 points per game), No. 7 in rushing offense (257.3 yards per game), No. 14 in total offense (457.5 yards per game), No. 1 in third down efficiency (55.4%), No. 3 in passing efficiency (164.9) and No. 6 in red zone offense (89.2%). The 2013 NDSU offense also was one of only 12 FCS teams to average 200+ yards rushing and 200+ yards passing per game. The 2012 Bison offense ranked No. 7 in the nation in third down efficiency (50.7%) and No. 16 in red zone offense (89.2%). Vigen's 2011 offense ranked No. 5 in the country in red zone offense (91.1%). From 2011 through 2013, Vigen helped NDSU to a 43 2 (.956) overall record and a 22 2 (.917) Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) mark on way to its three consecutive FCS national titles. The 2013 NDSU squad became the first undefeated (15 0) FCS National Champion since Marshall went 15 0 to win the 1996 title. That 15 0 record by the Bison also set a North Dakota State school record. NDSU extended its winning streak to 24 consecutive games with the 2013 FCS Championship. That tied both the FCS and NDSU records for consecutive victories. The University of Pennsylvania set the FCS record of 24 consecutive wins from 1992 95. Montana later tied the record from 2001 02. The NDSU record was originally set from 1964 66. Vigen coached quarterback Brock Jensen, who earned Third Team All America honors from the Associated Press in 2013 and went on to sign a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins in the Spring of 2014. Jensen was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. He also was named the: 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division I Championship Game MVP; the 2012 and 2013 College Sporting News FCS Playoff MVP; and the 2013 College Sports Journal FCS Playoff MVP. Jensen ranked: No. 4 in the country in points responsible for in 2013 (264 points); No. 5 in the nation in passing efficiency (167.4 rating); No. 5 in passing TDs (34); No. 9 in the nation in completion percentage (66.3 percent); and No. 23 in passing yards (2,793). Jensen set North Dakota State single season passing records in 2011, throwing for 2,524 yards and broke that record with 2,793 passing yards in 2013. He concluded his career as North Dakota State's career passing leader, with 8,598 passing yards. The 2013 Bison offense featured three All Americans. In addition to Jensen earning Third Team AP All America honors, offensive tackle Billy Turner was named a Consensus All American and fullback Andrew Grothmann earned First Team All America recognition from The Sports Network. In 2011, '12 and '13, the NDSU offense featured a pair of 1,000 yard rushers. The 2011 season was the first time in NDSU school history that the Bison offense featured two 1,000 yard rushers and a 1,000 yard receiver in the same season. Sam Ojuri rushed for 1,105 yards, and DJ McNorton tallied 1,020, while receiver Warren Holloway had 1,003 receiving yards. In 2012, Ojuri (1,047 yards) and John Crockett (1,038) each rushed for 1,000 yards. The 2013 season saw Ojuri (1,398) and Crockett (1,277) duplicate their 1,000 yard seasons of the previous year, while Vigen's 2013 offense also featured 1,000 yard receiver Zach Vraa (1,191 receiving yards). Vigen began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Bison from 1998 2000. He became a full time coach in 2001, coaching the NDSU tight ends in 2001 and the quarterbacks in 2002. He remained at his alma mater as the running backs coach in 2003 when Craig Bohl became head coach of the Bison. From 2004 08, Vigen was elevated to passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and in 2009 he was named offensive coordinator and continued to coach the Bison QBs. He coached two time All America tight end Jared Peck in 2000 and 2001. Peck went on to sign a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos. Vigen helped to develop two time Great West Football Conference Player of the Year, quarterback Steve Walker, who earned the honor in 2006 and 2007. North Dakota State was 8th in rushing offense (219.82 ypg) and 19th in total offense (400.09 ypg) in the 2009 NCAA Division I FCS statistics. Running back Pat Paschall led the FCS in rushing yards per game (139.7) in 2009. As a player, Vigen was a tight end for the Bison from 1993 97. He was part of three NCAA Division II Playoff squads in 1994, '95 and '97. In 1994, he helped lead NDSU to the North Central Conference (NCC) Championship.
The Bison advanced to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals in 1994 and '95 and the First Round of the 1997 Playoffs. He and his wife, Molly, have three boys, Jake, Grant and Luke. Molly played basketball at NDSU and was a member of the 1996 NCAA Division II National Championship team and three NCC title squads.
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