PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Aug. 29, 2011) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletic Department added eight new assistant coaches this summer, including four former CSU-Pueblo student-athletes.
Leading the way are CSU-Pueblo graduates Ryan Creager, Travis Humphrey, Rachel Espinoza, and Bernard Jackson, each of which return to begin or extend their coaching careers while also helping their former coaches.
Creager, from Sandy, Utah, a volunteer assistant with the ThunderWolves in 2010, was arguably one of the top men’s soccer players in CSU-Pueblo history. He helped lead the ThunderWolves to three straight 10-win seasons from 2004-06, the longest streak in school history. His efforts still rank him in the top ten in points and goals scored in CSU-Pueblo history. He was a two-time NSCAA all-Midwest Region first-team selection, a four-time all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection, and was team captain for the squad for two seasons. He replaces outgoing top assistant, Paul Regrutto, who resigned in July to pursue head coaching opportunities.
Humphrey, a Pueblo-native, played two seasons for the ThunderWolves from 2002-03 and helped the club to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II Regional Playoffs. Most recently the head coach of the Pueblo Collegians, he directed the team to the Colorado Collegiate Baseball League Championship and a berth to the National tournament this summer. He was previously a volunteer assistant with the ThunderWolves from 2007-10. In 2012, he will serve as the program’s top assistant for the first time.
Espinoza, also a Pueblo product, graduated with a number of records as a standout player at CSU-Pueblo. The second-leading scorer in school history, she was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first team honors in each of the past two seasons and was also selected as CSU-Pueblo’s Female Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years. She will be the team’s second assistant behind head coach Kip Drown and top assistant, Leslie Haywood.
Jackson, from Corona, California, also graduating in 2011, led the Pack in receiving in 2010 after arriving from the University of Colorado.. His play and dedication earned him the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Integrity Award and his leadership skills made him a natural fit for the Pack’s wide receivers coach position.
In addition to these alumni, other newcomers will have an immediate impact with their squads.
The CSU-Pueblo track and field program added an up-and-comer in Jason Zichterman, most recently an assistant at Chadron State College under nationally-respected coach, Ryan Baily. Zichterman brings a wealth of experience both as a coach and an athlete. In addition to his three seasons at Chadron,he was an All-American in track at NAIA Azusa Pacific University, where he captained and won three national championships. He replaces Jennifer Spivey, who resigned the top assistant position this summer.
The Pack volleyball team, also under new leadership with former CSU-Pueblo athlete Jen Gomez at the helm, continued to improve off the court with the addition of Chancey Sebranek. Sebranek will add college level experience to the team as she is fresh of her playing career at Barton College in Kansas. She will be second assistant, understudying another new coach, former Angelo State assistant, Jordan Willis.
CSU-Pueblo football coach John Wristen continued to improve his staff during a busy summer with the additions of Paul Creighton and Sam Sewell.
Creighton, who will lead the defensive line, was a coach at the University of Colorado and a strength and conditioning coach for Auburn University, helping to sow the seeds for the Tigers’ national championship in 2010. Sewell, son of current CSU-Pueblo running backs coach, Steve Sewell, will begin his first season as the tight end coach, a position he knows all too well after playing tight end at Northern Colorado for four years.
All new assistants began their positions over the summer.