ThunderWolves Football Coaching Staff

The Colorado State University-Pueblo football coaching staff is one of the finest and most experienced you will find at the Division II level in the country.  Most of the staff gathered experience working with Division I programs, combining over 50 years of Division I coaching experience and over 80 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level. 

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John Wristen

Head Coach

2014 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year

Phone: (719) 549-2075


Hunter Hughes
Defensive Coordinator

(719) 549-2029

Jeff Hecklinski
Passing Game Coordinator/QB Coach

(719) 549-2269

Sam Sewell
Running Backs Coach

(719) 549-2059

Gordon Shaw
Running Game Coordinator/OL Coach

(719) 549-2041


Donnell Leomiti
Defensive Backs Coach/
Recruiting Coordinator

(719) 549-2124

JT Haddan
Defensive Line Coach

(719) 549-2269

Carl Fetters
Outside Linebackers Coach

(719) 238-2312

Craig Ward
Director of Football Operations/Defensive Line

(719) 549-2232


Jake Novotny
Tight Ends Coach 

(719) 549-2269




Linebackers Coach: Dale Cresswell
Asst. Offensive Line Coach: Roxy Burris
Wide Receivers Coach: Mark Haering
Graduate Assistants: Kyle Mossbrucker and Luke Munsterteiger
Mental Performance Enhancement Expert: Dr. Rick Perea