PUEBLO, Colo., (July 23, 2008) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo football team has hired two additional assistants, Greg Gebhardt (Northern Colorado, 2006) and Mike Babcock (UCLA, 2002). Babcock will coach the ThunderWolves' tight ends while Gebhardt will assist ThunderWolves' assistant coach, Donnell Leomiti, with the defensive backs.
Babcock, who played linebacker for the Bruins at UCLA from 1997-99, was on two Pac-10 championship teams, and played in the 1998 Cotton Bowl and 1999 Rose Bowl. He received his Bachelor's in sociology from UCLA in 2002 before earning his Master's in education in 2004, also from UCLA. He was the tight ends coach at the University of San Diego in 2007, and was a graduate assistant at UCLA from 2000-04. From 2005-06, he was the offensive quality control intern at the University of Colorado.
Gebhardt, a former all-Great West Conference selection at Northern Colorado, played for the Bears from 2001-05, earning his Bachelor's in Journalism in 2006. In 2006, he was an assistant coach specializing in defensive backs with the Loveland High School football team in Loveland, Colo., helping the squad to the brink of the 5A state championship, finishing as the state runner up. He also has experience coaching basketball and soccer.
"Mike and Greg will help an already impressive coaching staff be that much better," Pack head coach John Wristen said, "and we're excited about what they can bring to our team."
The ThunderWolves' head coaching staff boasts some of the finest coaches in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, including Wristen, former Air Force Academy assistant, Tom Miller (special teams/defensive line), former Adams State head coach, Wayne McGinn (offensive coordinator/offensive line), former Division I graduate assistants, Hunter Hughes (defensive coordinator) and Donnell Leomiti (defensive backs), and former Denver Bronco, Steve Sewell (running backs). The squad also includes volunteer assistants Rich Lane (wide receivers), Dale Cresswell (linebackers) and Roxy Burris (offensive line).