Click here to Skip to main content
Iowa State University - Football
Iowa State University - Football mobile

 

OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

NATE SCHEELHAASE |  RUNNING BACKS

Nate Scheelhaase, who spent the last three seasons on the football staff at Illinois, is in his first season at Iowa State as running backs coach.

Scheelhaase was on staff at Illinois from 2015-17, spending his first season as assistant director of football operations and running backs coach on Bill Cubit’s staff. He was retained by current head coach Lovie Smith and worked the last two seasons as an offensive analyst for the Fighting Illini.

A 2012 graduate of Illinois, Scheelhaase finished his career as the Illini’s all-time total offense leader with 10,634 yards, a total that ranks seventh in Big Ten history. In 2013 he had one of the best offensive seasons in Illinois football history, leading the conference in passing yardage (272.7 ypg), total offense (295.2 ypg) and completion percentage (66.7) during his senior campaign, while also breaking the school record for passing efficiency (140.7) to earn All-Big Ten honors.

A four-year starter and two-time team captain, Scheelhaase is the only quarterback in UI history to lead the Illini to bowl victories in back-to-back seasons and is one of just two players in Big Ten history to amass over 8,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in his career. He finished among the Illinois career leaders in almost every quarterback category, ranking first in starts (48), second in completion percentage (63.0), completions (775) and rushing yards by a QB (2,066), and third in passing yardage (8,568), touchdown passes (55) and passing efficiency (130.2).

Scheelhaase earned the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2014, was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and earned two degrees from the University of Illinois - a bachelor’s degree in communication (2012) and a master’s in sports management (2013).

Scheelhaase and his wife Morgan have a son, Cru.

 

BRYAN GASSER |  WIDE RECIEVERS/SPECIAL TEAMS

Bryan Gasser, who spent five seasons on Matt Campbell’s staff at Toledo, is in his third season as wide receivers/special teams coach at Iowa State.

Gasser’s work with Iowa State’s receiving corps and special team units have drawn rave reviews in his first two seasons in Ames.

One of Gasser’s success stories at Iowa State was Allen Lazard, a two-time First-Team All-Big 12 wide receiver, who ended his career with school records in receptions (241), receiving yards (3,360) and 100-yard receiving games (12).

Lazard’s senior year in 2017 was one of the best in school history, breaking the ISU record for touchdowns in a season (10) and ranking second in receptions (71). He also ended his career with a school-record 48-straight games with a reception and earning MVP honors in the Liberty Bowl.

ISU’s 2017 season was one of the best in the history of the program. The Cyclones compiled an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and scored a victory in the 2017 Liberty Bowl over Memphis, only the fourth bowl win in the history of the program.

Iowa State also broke its school record for wins over ranked opponents (3), victories on the road (5) and appeared in the AP national rankings for the first time in 12 years.

Lazard wasn’t the only talented player in Gasser’s wide receiver room in 2017. ISU was one of six teams nationally to have four players with 40 or more receptions: Lazard (71), Trever Ryen (47), Hakeem Butler (41) and Marchie Murdock (41).

Butler, who was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 pick, was a breakout star in his sophomore season, ranking 47th nationally in yards per reception (17.0) and tying for ninth on ISU’s season touchdown reception list with seven.

In 2016, Lazard continued his progression into one of the premier wide receivers in the nation under Gasser’s tutelage. Lazard recorded one of ISU’s greatest individual seasons for a receiver, becoming just the fourth player in school history to join the 1,000-yard receiving club (1,018).

Lazard broke the school record for 100-yard receiving games (6) and tallied the third-most receptions in a season with 69.

Gasser also mentored true freshman receiver Deshaunte Jones, who had one of the greatest rookie seasons in school history. Jones, who was named honorable mention freshman All-American, was second on the team in receptions (37) and receiving yards (536), totals which both rank in the top-five on ISU’s freshman charts. He also caught six touchdown passes, the second-best total by an ISU freshman in school history and the fourth-best total nationally among FBS rookies.

ISU’s special teams have been phenomenal under Gasser. In 2016, true freshman Kene Nwangwu averaged 26.35 yards per kickoff return, which ranked 15th nationally and was the third-best average in school history. In the season finale vs. West Virginia, Nwangwu ran back a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the third-longest return in school history. Nwangwu was named to a number of freshman All-America teams as a kick returner.  

Trever Ryen was one of the best punt returners in the nation in 2016 and 2017, averaging 16.50 per return in 2016, the third-best average in school history. Ryen ranked 20th nationally in punt return average (10.1) in 2017 and ended his career with the fourth-best punt return average (13.4) in school history.

Gasser’s 2016 special teams units appeared in the top-35 of the national rankings in the following categories: punt return defense (No. 21, 4.40), kickoff returns (No. 27, 23.11) and net punting (No. 35, 38.88).

In Gasser’s five-year tenure at Toledo, the Rockets played in four bowl games and had four nine-win seasons.

Gasser was the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator in his last two seasons at UT. He previously served as the Rockets’ director of high school relations in 2013 where he helped the recruiting staff put assemble the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the MAC, according to Rivals.com and Scout.com. He also worked as a graduate assistant at UT in 2010 and 2012, primarily working with the tight ends.

In 2015, tight end Michael Roberts caught 18 passes for 188 yards and four TDs in the 12-game regular-season. The Rocket special teams play was also outstanding, ranking ninth nationally with two blocked punts and second in the MAC in punt returns (11.27). Punt return specialist Corey Jones was a first-team All-MAC recipient, ranking 29th nationally in punt returns at 10.5.

In 2014, Gasser guided Rocket tight ends that were an integral part of Toledo’s offense, which ranked No. 1 in the MAC. Alex Zmolik caught 16 passes, including a career-best six in the GoDaddy Bowl. Roberts grabbed two TD passes in limited playing time, while Zac Rosenbauer was a key blocker in short yardage situations.

The Rockets ranked No. 1 in kickoff coverage and No. 2 in punt return yards in the MAC in 2014 under Gasser’s guidance.  UT also earned MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week honors five times, three by placekicker Jeremiah Detmer and two by kick returner Jones. Detmer earned second-team All-MAC honors and finished his career as the most accurate field-goal kicker in conference history (84.4 percent).

Also in 2014, four players under Gasser’s tutelage earned Academic All-MAC honors: long snapper Brad Spelman, Detmer, Zmolik and Rosenbauer.

In 2011, Gasser coached the wide receivers and was co-offensive coordinator at Notre Dame College, a Division II school in South Euclid, OH. Gasser helped the Falcons set records in scoring, yards per game and passing yards per game.

Gasser played football at Ohio Northern University from 2003-05, earning All-OAC and Academic All-OAC honors at tight end in 2005. He then served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2006-08, working with tight ends and running backs. He coached three All-OAC players in his three seasons at ONU.

In 2009, Gasser served as the offensive line/special teams coach at Otsego High School while completing his master’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University.
   
Gasser is from Northwood, Ohio, and attended Cardinal Stritch High School, where he played football, basketball and track.

Gasser and his wife, Jessica, reside in Ames.

 

JOEL GORDON | QUATERBACKS

Joel Gordon is in his third season with the Iowa State football program and his first directing the Cyclone quarterbacks.

As an offensive analyst with the Cyclone staff from 2016-17, Iowa State produced two of the most prolific offensive seasons in school history, averaging 27.7 points in 2016 (ninth in school history) and 29.2 points in 2017 (third in school history).

ISU averaged 421.6 yards of total offense in 2016, the fourth-best clip in the ISU record book, and established the top-two passing offenses in the history of the program (1. 272.9 in 2017; 2. 258.8 in 2016).

ISU’s 2017 season was one of the best in the history of the program. The Cyclones compiled an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and scored a victory in the 2017 Liberty Bowl over Memphis, only the fourth bowl win in the history of the program.

Gordon was hired as the offensive coordinator at Division III Ferrum College (Va.) in January of 2016, but left four months later when Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell asked him to assist with the Cyclone offense.

A former college quarterback, Gordon spent five seasons at his alma mater Shepherd (W.V.) University (2011-15), helping the team to three league titles as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. Gordon, who assisted in calling passing plays, coached in the 2015 Division II national championship game in his final season at the school.

It was the second of two stints Gordon served at his alma mater. The Rams were 49-9 and qualified for three NCAA Division II playoff appearances from 2011-15. In 2011, the Rams broke the school record for points per game (43.5), ranking third in the nation in scoring offense.

Gordon mentored all-conference signal-callers Bobby Cooper and Jeff Ziemba while at Shepherd. Cooper broke the school’s single-game passing mark by throwing for 430 yards at Fairmont State.

From 2008-10, Gordon was the offensive coordinator at Emory & Henry, a Division III school in Virginia. He worked alongside former ISU offensive coordinator Tom Manning, who was the offensive line coach at the school in 2008. The Wasps were 18-12 in his three seasons directing the offense.

His first tenure at Shepherd was from 2005-07, helping the team to three conference championships as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. The Rams went 32-4 and made the Division II playoffs three times.

Gordon’s first collegiate coaching job was at North Carolina Wesleyan as a graduate assistant and quarterbacks coach.

A native of Waynesboro, Va., Gordon was a four-year starting quarterback and three-time team captain at Shepherd from 1999-2002, earning all-conference honors. He graduated with career records in passing yards (7,236), completions (522), total offense (7,677) and touchdown passes (66).

He earned his bachelor’s degree (2003) and master’s degree from Shepherd (2013). He is a member of the Shepherd University Hall of Fame.

Gordon briefly played professional football as a quarterback for the Richmond Speed (Arena Football 2) and the Wintherthur Warriors, an American football team based in Switzerland.

He and his wife, Becca, have a daughter, Savanna.

 

ALEX GOLESH | TIGHT ENDS / RECRUITING COORDINATOR

Alex Golesh is in his third season at Iowa State as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, reuniting with head coach Matt Campbell.

Golesh and Campbell were assistants on Toledo’s staff from 2009-11.

Behind Golesh's efforts, ISU secured the No. 40 class nationally according to Rivals in 2017. It was the highest Rivals recruiting class for the Cyclones since 2004. ISU also recorded an overall composite rating of .8427 from 247Sports, the highest total since the service began rating classes in 2007.

ISU's 2016 recruiting class was also rated in the top-50 in the majority of the recruiting services.

The Cyclones benefited from the influx of talent in 2016, as five true freshmen made considerable contributions, including running back David Montgomery and wide receiver Deshaunte Jones, two of the best offensive rookies in the Big 12 in 2016.

Golesh mentored a pair of all-conference performers in 2017 in Chase Allen and Sam Seonbuchner. Allen emerged as ISU’s tight end of the future as a freshman, earning Second-Team All-Big 12 accolades. Seonbuchner was an honorable mention all-league selection as ISU’s lead blocker in power formations.

ISU’s 2017 season was one of the best in the history of the program. The Cyclones compiled an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and scored a victory in the 2017 Liberty Bowl over Memphis, only the fourth bowl win in the history of the program.

Iowa State also broke its school record for wins over ranked opponents (3), victories on the road (5) and appeared in the AP national rankings for the first time in 12 years.

Golesh previously was an assistant coach at Illinois where he was the tight ends coach in 2013 and 2015, and worked with the Illini running backs/tight ends in 2014. He was also recruiting coordinator from 2012-14, the special teams coordinator in 2015 and worked the specialists all four years.

Golesh helped running back Josh Ferguson rank among the nation’s top all-purpose backs in 2014. He was one of only seven players in the nation with over 700 rushing yards and over 400 receiving yards. A preseason Doak Walker Award candidate, Ferguson had 1,162 yards from scrimmage in 2014 (735 rushing, 427 receiving) and recorded 10 TDs on the season (8 rushing, 2 receiving).

Golesh guided a productive group of tight ends that combined for 52 catches, 545 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, including four touchdowns against Miami (Ohio), the most tight end TDs in a game in school history. He also helped punter Justin DuVernois to a solid season, as the junior posted a 41.1 yard-per-punt average with 10 over 50 yards and 13 downed inside the 20.

Golesh, who was named a top-10 recruiter in the Big Ten by Rivals.com and Scout.com in 2013 and 2015, guided DuVernois to a strong sophomore campaign in 2012 as he ranked fourth in the Big Ten in punting with a 41.9 yard-per-punt average, with a long of 72 yards, 16 fair catches, 19 punts downed inside the 20 yard line and 15 punts of 50 or more yards.

Golesh was on staff at Toledo for three years from 2009-2011, serving as both the tight ends coach and the recruiting coordinator. Golesh aided the UT program in securing the No. 1 recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference in consecutive years. The 2010 UT class was No. 1 according to Rivals.com, while both Rivals and Scout.com rated the 2011 class No. 1.

Golesh’s tight ends served as key blockers in a Rocket rushing attack that ranked No. 3 in the MAC in both 2010 and 2011. In 2009, Golesh coached the running backs at Toledo, helping senior running back DaJuane Collins earn third-team All-MAC honors.

Prior to going to Toledo, Golesh spent three seasons as a graduate assistant, two at Northern Illinois (2006-07) and one at Oklahoma State. Golesh worked with the outside linebackers at Oklahoma State in 2008, helping the Cowboys to a 9-4 record and a berth in the Holiday Bowl. At NIU, Golesh worked for one season assisting with the secondary and one season with the offensive line, helping the Huskies make the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl.

Golesh got his start in the coaching business as a student assistant coach while attending Ohio State as an undergraduate. He spent 2 ½ years aiding the Buckeyes’ defensive coaches, with responsibilities that included working with the defensive line. During his time at Ohio State, the Buckeyes claimed the 2005 Big Ten Championship and went on to earn a victory in the Fiesta Bowl over Notre Dame. OSU also posted a win in the 2004 Alamo Bowl over Oklahoma State.

Golesh also spent one year as a defensive line coach in a first-year football program at newly opened Westerville Central High School in 2003.

Golesh was born in Moscow, Russia, but grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dublin, Ohio, where he was a three-year letterwinner in football at Dublin Scioto High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State in 2006.

Golesh and his wife, Alexis, have a daughter, Corbin, and a son, Barrett.

 

JEFF MYERS | OFFENSIVE LINE

Jeff Myers is in his third season with the Iowa State football program and his first as the offensive line coach.

Myers worked directly with the Cyclone offensive line from 2016-17 as a graduate assistant, mentoring a pair of linemen who earned second-team All-Big 12 accolades in Nick Fett (2016) and Jake Campos (2017).

The 2017 Cyclone offensive line helped pave the way for a 1,000-yard rusher (David Montgomery) and allowed only 19 sacks to rank 26th nationally, as the Cyclones recorded an 8-5 record and were Liberty Bowl champions.

The Cyclones posted the two-best passing offenses in school history in his two seasons as a graduate assistant: 1. 272.9 in 2017; 2. 258.8 in 2016.

Myers was briefly a quality control assistant on offense for the Cyclones before being elevated to offensive line coach. 

A native of Massillon, Ohio, Myers was a graduate assistant on offense at Toledo in 2015, helping the Rockets go 9-2 and win the Boca Raton Bowl. UT allowed just four sacks all season, ranking second nationally.

Myers was a three-year starter (2012-14) on the offensive line at Toledo, starting in 38-straight games. He was a two-time All-MAC selection and was named team captain in 2014, helping UT to a pair of nine-win seasons and two bowl appearances.

The Rockets ranked second in the MAC in rushing (240.6) and fourth in the league in total offense (445.2) in 2013 with Myers anchoring the line.

Myers signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns and participated in their mini-camp in 2015.

Myers, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Toledo in 2014, is engaged to Lauren Best.

 

JOE HOUSTON | SPECIAL TEAMS

Joe Houston is in his third season at Iowa State and his first as special teams coordinator.

Houston was an associate for quality control for special teams from 2016-17, mentoring a pair of All-Big 12 kickers in Cole Netten (2016) and Garrett Owens (2017).

Houston's work with Netten, a First Team All-Big 12 kicker, was evident. Netten broke the school record for field goal percentage (94.1 pct.) in a season, connecting on 16 of his 17 attempts. 

Owens was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 kicker in 2017, connecting on 77.3 percent (17-of-22) of his field goals for the fifth-best single-season percentage in school history. Owens’ 17 field goals made ranked 37th nationally and tied for third on ISU’s season record book.

Iowa State kickers are 33-of-39 on field goal attempts (84.6 pct.) under Houston’s tutelage.

ISU’s special teams have been phenomenal the last two seasons. In 2016, true freshman Kene Nwangwu averaged 26.35 yards per kickoff return, which ranked 15th nationally and was the third-best average in school history. In the season finale vs. West Virginia, Nwangwu ran back a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the third-longest return in school history. Nwangwu was named to a number of freshman All-America teams as a kick returner.  

Trever Ryen was one of the best punt returners in the nation in 2016 and 2017, averaging 16.50 per return in 2016, the third-best average in school history. Ryen ranked 20th nationally in punt return average (10.1) in 2017, ending his career with the fourth-best punt return average (13.4) in school history.

ISU’s 2016 special teams units appeared in the top-35 of the national rankings in the following categories: punt return defense (No. 21, 4.40), kickoff returns (No. 27, 23.11) and net punting (No. 35, 38.88).

ISU’s 2017 season was one of the best in the history of the program. The Cyclones compiled an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and scored a victory in the 2017 Liberty Bowl over Memphis, only the fourth bowl win in the history of the program.

Houston arrived in Ames after spending the 2015 season as a quality control assistant for special teams at Toledo. In his only season with the Rockets, Houston helped mentor Freshman All-America kicker Jameson Vest. 

Prior to his stint at Toledo, the Redondo Beach, Calif., native was an assistant coach at El Camino College (Torrance, Calif.) for three seasons (2012-14), directing the special teams and specialists. He also was a defensive secondary assistant for the school in 2014.

A 2010 graduate of USC, Houston was a placekicker for the Trojans from 2007-10 after an All-American season at El Camino College in 2006. Houston played for Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin at USC, earning the starting kicking duties in 2010. He led the team in scoring (73 points) and made 10-of-16 field goals and 43-of-43 PATs as a senior.

After graduation, Houston was a kicker in the Arena Football League for the Chicago Rush and Nebraska Danger. He tied an AFL record with 11 PATs in a game for the Rush in 2012.