New Football Coaches at Utah State will aim to improve the program

Utah State has filled out their staff with New Coaches. The new coaches have a lot of experience.

It seems Matt Wells has filled out his Coaching Staff with experienced Coaches.

The newest additions are Mike Canales who will serve as Tight Ends coach and Stacy Collins as Special Teams Coordinator.

New Additions

Mike Canales - RB/TE Coach/ Assistant Head Coach

Mike "Chico" Canales is a name Aggie fans may remember, He is an Alumnus and played for Utah State but has not been a member of the coahing staff here until now. He has had most of his experience it seems at North Texas and South Florida. Serving as Offensive Coordinator and interim head coach should serve him well at Utah State. He even has NFL coaching experience on his resume. Canales adds experience to help guide an offense that aims to improve in 2016.

Stacy Collins - Special Teams

Stacy Collins is currently the Head Coach at South Dakota School of Mines. He has been special teams coach there and at his previous stops at Portland State among other schools. He is very experienced as well and will try to turn around a kicking game that will have to improve from last year if Utah State wants to win more than 6 games. Originally from Oregon I would assume that he will also assume the role of recruiting the Pacific Northwest.

Collins comes to Utah State after spending the past four seasons as the head coach and special teams coordinator at South Dakota School of Mines, a Division II school that is located in Rapid City, S.D., and competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).


“We are very excited to bring Stacy and his family to Utah State,” said Wells. “Stacy has a wealth of experience in coordinating special teams and understands the inner workings of a program with his head coaching experience. Stacy will bring a tremendous work ethic with him into the meeting rooms and onto the practice field, and I am confident that his football knowledge will only enhance our special team units.”  


As head coach at South Dakota School of Mines from 2012-15, Collins led the Hardrockers to winning seasons in 2013 and 2015, the last being just its third winning season in the past 30 years. During his four years at SDSM, Collins notched 16 victories to become the sixth-winningest coach in program history, which began in 1895.


“I couldn’t be more excited to be associated with Utah State football and to work with Coach Wells and his staff,” said Collins. “Utah State has a proven track record as one of the top programs in the Mountain West and I can’t wait to help build on its recent successes. This is a special opportunity for me and my family.”  


Under Collins’ direction in 2014, South Dakota School of Mines set single-season school records with 5,282 total yards, 3,540 passing yards and 286 first downs, and led all of college football in red zone efficiency. SDSM also set single-game school records with 674 total yards vs. William Jewell, 481 passing yards vs. Northwestern and 34 first downs vs. Southwest Baptist in 2014.


Furthermore, South Dakota School of Mines set the single-season school record for points scored with 386 during the 2013 campaign in Collins’ second season as head coach.


As members of the GNAC in 2014 and 2015, South Dakota School of Mines had 14 all-conference honorees under Collins, highlighted by quarterback Trent McKinney, who twice earned first-team honors and was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2014. During his first season at SDSM in 2014, McKinney set single-game school records with 535 total yards, 481 passing yards and 36 completions vs. Azusa Pacific, as those 535 total yards were also a GNAC single-game record.  


McKinney also rushed for a school-record 206 yards by a quarterback and passed for 297 in setting a then-GNAC single-game record for total offense with 503 yards in a 62-44 win over William Jewell in 2014 as he rushed for four touchdowns and threw for two more.


Along with his single-game records, McKinney also set single-season school records with 3,666 total yards, 2,974 passing yards, 242 completions and 24 touchdown passes in 2014.


In addition to his head coaching responsibilities, Collins also served as the special teams coordinator for South Dakota School of Mines from 2012-15, and mentored a pair of record-setting kickers in Devon Jones and Kolten Jelden. During the 2013 season, Jones set single-season school records with 42 extra points made and 72 points scored and made a school-record 53-yard field goal. In 2012, Jelden set the single-season school record for punting average at 41.6 yards per kick.


Along with all the success South Dakota School of Mines had on the playing field under Collins, the Hardrockers were just as successful in the classroom as seven players earned GNAC All-Academic Honors following the 2015 season.


Prior to his head coaching stint at South Dakota School of Mines, Collins served as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Portland State in 2011, where he coached placekicker Zach Brown, who was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press, the Walter Camp Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association and the Sports Network.


During the 2011 season, Brown made 24 of 27 field goals (.889) and ranked first in the nation in field goals made per game (2.18) and tied for eighth nationally in points per game (9.18). Brown was also named the Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Week twice in 2011 as he set the single-season school record for field goals made with 24 and ended his Portland State career as the all-time leader in field goals made with 63.


Along with Brown, Collins also coached punter Thomas Duyndam to honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference honors in 2011.


Prior to Portland State, Collins spent three seasons at Central Washington as the special teams coordinator and linebacker/defensive line coach. In his three seasons with the Wildcat program (2008-10), Collins coached an All-American and two-time first-team all-GNAC kicker in Garrett Rolsma, as well as first-team all-conference kick returners Courtney Smith (2008) and Jerome Williams (2009).


Collins has also had coaching stops at Southern Oregon in 2007 (defensive coordinator), Idaho State from 2005-06 (linebackers coach), Western Washington from 2003-04 (linebackers coach), South Dakota School of Mines in 2002 (defensive/special teams coordinator) and Western Oregon from 1998-2001 (special teams coordinator and linebackers coach).


In addition, he spent time in Europe on the coaching staff of the Vienna Vikings (Austria) European League football team as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach from 1999-2001.


While the special teams coordinator at Western Washington from 2003-04, Collins coached punter Mike Koenen, who went on to play for 10 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Collins played college football at Western Oregon from 1993-97 as a linebacker, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1998 and then a master's degree in education in 2001.


Collins, a native of Sutherlin, Ore., and his wife, Mandi, has four daughters, Kayla (13), Mackenzie (11), Kylee (5) and Mackenna (3).


Stacy Collins File

Coaching History:

2016-               Utah State – Special Teams Coordinator

2012-15           South Dakota School of Mines – Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

2011                Portland State – Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

2008-10           Central Washington – Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line/Linebackers

2007                Southern Oregon – Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator

2005-06           Idaho State – Linebackers

2003-04           Western Washington – Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers

2002                South Dakota School of Mines – Defensive/Special Teams Coordinator

1999-2001       Vienna (Austria) – Defensive Coordinator/Interim Head Coach

1998-2001       Western Oregon – Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers


NCAA Division II Playoffs (2):

Central Washington – 2009, 2008


Conference Championships (2):

Central Washington – Great Northwest: 2010, 2009


Playing Experience:

1993-97           Western Oregon – Linebacker



1998                Western Oregon – Physical Education (B.S.)

2001                Western Oregon – Education (M.S.)


Steve Farmer - Offensive Line

Steve Farmer, who has 17 years of coaching experience including nine seasons as an offensive coordinator, has been named Utah State’s offensive line coach, it was announced Tuesday by Aggie head coach Matt Wells. Farmer replaces Mark Weber who accepted a similar position at Fresno State.


“We are excited to announce the hiring of Steve Farmer as part of our coaching staff,” said Wells. “Steve has an extensive background in playing and coaching the offensive line, as well as success as an offensive coordinator. He fits very well into our scheme and has had experience in spread offenses and coordinating the run game. We welcome Steve, his wife Amy, and their two children to the Aggie family.”


Prior to his appointment at Utah State, Farmer spent the past six seasons as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Monroe, coaching the offensive line and tight ends.

Julius Brown - Cornerbacks Coach

Julius Brown, who has been part of five conference championships and nine bowl games as a coach, has been named Utah State’s cornerbacks coach, it was announced by Aggie head coach Matt Wells Wednesday.

“We are excited to add Julius to the Aggie football family,” said Wells. “He brings a lot of experience to our staff and team as both a secondary coach and former defensive back, and also has a reputation as an outstanding recruiter. He possesses key knowledge of the Mountain West that will aid us moving forward in our quest to win a conference championship.”

Most recently, Brown spent the past two seasons as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Boise State.

Frank Maile - Co Defensive Coordinator and Associate Head Coach

David Kotulski - LB Coach

Kendrick Shaver - Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties

Jovon Bouknight - Co-Offensive Coordinator and WR Coach

Luke Wells - Co-Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach

Additionally I have heard that Matt Ah You, Brad Kragthorpe and Fahu Tahi will be additional coaches whether GA or other titles. 

Tahi will be the RB Coach in essence with the other coaches focusing on other groups primarily.

This guarantees Utah State will have a full staff when Spring Practice kicks off next week.

As always will have the most in depth practice reports and Depth Charts this Spring so check back often.

**Update** Mike Cross is also a new Offensive Assistant. He was at ULM with Coach Farmer.

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