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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.

 

JIM HOFHER | PASSING GAME COORDINATOR

Jim Hofher, who owns 37 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 13 years as a head coach in Division I, is in his second season as Iowa State's passing game coordinator.

Hofher has served as a head coach twice during his career, leading Buffalo for five seasons from 2001-05 and Cornell for eight seasons in 1990-97. He holds the highest winning percentage by a coach in Cornell's modern history and he led Buffalo to the program's first-ever wins over opponents from the Big East (Rutgers and UConn), Conference USA (Central Florida) and independent schools (Army).

Hofher, a former college quarterback at Cornell, made an immediate impression on the Cyclone offense in his first season in Ames in 2016. Hofher successfully navigated a dual-QB system with both Jacob Park and Joel Lanning excelling under his guidance.

The duo combined for over 3,000 yards passing - breaking the school record for passing yards per game at 258.8 – and produced two of the top three passer efficiency games in the history of the program (235.56 vs. Texas Tech; 224.29 vs. San Jose State).

The Cyclones recorded four 300-yard passing games during the year, including two alone by Park, who showed incredible promise late in the season as the primary signal-caller. Park ended the season by completing 58.8 percent of his passes, the ninth-best tally in school history.

Lanning also had a high completion rate (58.6 pct.) and ended the season with a streak of 121 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, the sixth-best string in school history.

Hofher was an assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Nevada from 2013-15, helping the Wolfpack qualify to bowl games in 2014 and 2015. Nevada finished 7-6 and played in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in 2014 and participated in the Arizona Bowl in 2015.

Nevada defeated Colorado State, 28-23 in the 2015 Arizona Bowl to end the season at 7-6. Hofher took over play-calling duties in the bowl victory after offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich left to take the head coaching job at Hawaii.

Hofher’s work with the Wolfpack receivers was exceptional. In 2015, a pair of wideouts registered 700-yard receiving seasons in Jerico Richardson and Hasaan Henderson. Richy Turner was Nevada’s star receiver in 2014, leading the team in receptions and ending his career ranking 18th in career receptions among active Division I players.

Hofher’s stint at Nevada was preceded by a four-year stay (2009-12) as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Delaware. He helped the Blue Hens to an appearance in the 2010 FCS Championship game.

Prior to his tenure at Delaware, Hofher served as quarterbacks coach at Bowling Green during the 2008 campaign.

Hofher was the head coach at Buffalo from 2001-2005 in the initial years the school was transitioning into FBS competition. Prior to that, he was the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse (2000) and North Carolina (1998-99) after a successful eight-year run as the head coach of Cornell.

He posted a record of 45-35 while at Cornell, including a mark of 33-23 in Ivy League play. The 33 league victories are the most of any Cornell head coach in program history and his winning percentage of .589 also ranks No. 1. During his tenure as head coach, the Big Red played for two league titles, winning one, and set 170 team or individual records for game, season and career standards at Cornell. In addition, he had two players selected in the NFL Draft and two players sign NFL free agent contracts.

Hofher has also been an assistant coach at Wake Forest (1983-86), Miami (Ohio) (1981-82), Tennessee (1989) and Syracuse (1987-88). He was the quarterbacks coach at Tennessee in 1989 when the Volunteers won the Cotton Bowl and were SEC tri-champions. He mentored former NFL quarterback Andy Kelly while at Tennessee.

Prior to his stint at Tennessee, he served three seasons as running backs coach at Wake Forest from 1983-86 prior to his first appointment at Syracuse. Hofher's first full-time collegiate coaching experience was at Miami where he served as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach from 1981-82.

During his collegiate coaching career, Hofher has coached in eight bowl games.

A three-year letter winner at Cornell, Hofher was the starting quarterback and led the team in passing yardage from 1976-78. He played two years under two-time Super Bowl champion head coach George Seifert.

A 1979 graduate of Cornell, Hofher was an All-ECAC player for the Big Red. He also earned academic scholarships through Cornell, Psi Upsilon and the Sphinxhead Honorary Society.

He was selected to the Xavier (Conn.) High School Hall of Honor in 1992 and the Middletown (Conn.) Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. Hofher and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters: Tara, Shannon and Molly.

 

TOM MANNING  | OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR / OFFENSIVE LINE

Tom Manning, a teammate with Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell at Mount Union, and member of Campbell’s staff at Toledo from 2012-15, is in his second season as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Iowa State.

Manning’s work in his first season as an offensive coordinator at Iowa State was nationally recognized. Utilizing an offensive line with one career start prior to the season and consisting of three walk-ons and one redshirt freshman, the Cyclone offense produced historic numbers.

One of Manning’s biggest success stories in his first year in Ames was the development of senior offensive lineman Nick Fett. A former walk-on, Fett had one career start heading into the 2016 campaign. By season’s end, Fett was one of the top linemen in the league, earning Second-Team All-Big 12 accolades.

Under Manning’s balanced attack, the Cyclones averaged 421.6 yards of total offense, the fifth-best season total in school history. Iowa State averaged a school-record 258.8 yards passing and 162.8 yards on the ground.

With Manning dialing up plays, the Cyclones boasted a 1,000-yard receiver in All-Big 12 performer Allen Lazard – one of four players to break the 1,000-yard barrier in school history – and three 500-yard rushers (David Montgomery, Mike Warren, Joel Lanning) for the first time in ISU history.

As the season progressed, the offense got better. Against Big 12 competition, the Cyclones set school records in the Big 12 era (1996-present) in scoring (29.4) and total offense (439.8). The Cyclones also finished the season strong by averaging 542.3 yards of offense and 38.7 points in their last three games.

Manning’s offense was on full display in ISU’s 66-10 win over Texas Tech. ISU posted a season-high 608 yards of offense and set school records in the following categories: points vs. a conference opponent (66), margin of victory vs. a conference opponent (56) and points in a quarter (31 in the second quarter).

Manning piloted an efficient dual-QB system in 2016 with the services of Jacob Park and Lanning. The duo posted two of the top-three passing efficiency games in school history and combined for four 300-yard passing games. Park ended the season with two 300-yard games and a 58.8 completion percentage, the ninth-best single-season total in school history.

At season’s end, Manning was rewarded for his work as one of 40 semifinalists for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Manning played a major role in building Toledo’s potent offense from 2012-15, helping shape Rocket offensive lines that have been among the best in the Mid-American Conference.

The Rockets tallied three nine-win seasons and qualified for a trio of bowl appearances in his four seasons at UT.

The 2015 Rocket offensive line had to replace five starters from the season before, but Manning still produced outstanding results. UT was one of just 12 teams in FBS to rank in the nation's top-40 in both passing and rushing, as the Rockets won nine games and advanced to a bowl game. UT allowed just four sacks during the season, ranking second nationally.

Storm Norton thrived under Manning's direction, earning first-team All-MAC honors in 2015 in his first full season as a starter.

Manning was named the 2015 FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year for his brilliant work with the Rocket line.

In 2014, three Rocket offensive linemen earned All-MAC honors: Greg Mancz, Josh Hendershot and Jeff Myers. Mancz made first-team All-MAC and was named second-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America. Mancz also became the first lineman in MAC history to win the Vern Smith Leadership Award, presented annually to the league’s top player.

UT led the Mid-American in just about every major offensive category in 2014, including scoring offense (36.6), total offense (490.5) and rushing offense (256.4). The season culminated with a nine-touchdown outburst in a 63-44 victory over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl, capping a 9-4 season.

In 2013, Toledo led the nation by allowing just six sacks for the entire season. UT’s offense overall ranked No. 4 in the MAC in total offense (447.3 yards/game) and No. 2 in rushing offense (240.6). Toledo had three offensive linemen make All-MAC in 2013: Zac Kerin, Greg Mancz and Jeff Myers.
 
In 2012, Manning guided an offensive line that helped power the Rockets to the third-ranked offense in the Mid-American Conference (445.2 yards per game) and a 9-4 mark that included a trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Junior center Zac Kerin earned first-team All-MAC honors, while sophomore guard Greg Mancz notched third-team honors.

Manning has also received off-the-field recognition for his role as a recruiter when Rivals.com named him one of the nation’s top recruiters among non-BCS schools in 2013.

Manning’s first stint with the Rockets began in 2009 when he was hired as a graduate assistant. He worked with the offense under then-offensive coordinator Matt Campbell’s guidance. Manning next served as UT’s director of football operations for the 2010 season.

Manning went on to coach the offensive line for Mount Union, his alma mater, in 2011. The Purple Raiders went 14-1 and advanced to the Division III national championship game before losing to Wisconsin-Whitewater, 13-10.

Manning returned to UT in December of 2011. He re-joined the staff in time to coach the Rockets’ offensive line at the 2011 Military Bowl.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Manning was a two-time all-conference player at Ursuline High School. He made first-team all-state as a senior, leading his school to the Division IV state championship in 2000. He played his college ball at Mount Union, where he was a two-time all-conference player at left tackle. Manning, who was a team captain as a senior, helped his team win NCAA Division III national championships in 2002 and 2005. The Purple Raiders had a 59-3 record during his time on the team.

Manning and Campbell were teammates for one season at Mount Union. Campbell also was Manning’s position coach in his senior season with the Purple Raiders.

Manning began his coaching career as the offensive line coach at Massillon (OH) Jackson High School in 2006. His first job at the collegiate level was at Emory & Henry (VA) College, where he was the offensive line/run-game coordinator from 2007-08.

Manning and his wife Sally have a daughter, Josephine.

 

BRYAN GASSER | WIDE RECEIVERS / SPECIAL TEAMS

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

Gasser’s work with Iowa State’s receiving corps and special team units drew rave reviews in 2016.

First-Team All-Big 12 performer Allen 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 in 2016, 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 second-most receptions in a season with 69. He also caught seven touchdown passes, which also ranks in ISU’s season top-10.

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 were 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 also one of the best punt returners in the nation, averaging 16.50 per return, the third-best average in school history. Ryen, who was a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy and a First-Team All-Big 12 selection by ESPN, enters his senior season with the best career punt return average in school history (16.00).

Gasser’s 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.

 

ALEX GOLESH | TIGHT ENDS / RECRUITING COORDINATOR

Alex Golesh is in his second 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 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.

 

TAYLOR MOUSER | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SCOUTING

Taylor Mouser is in his second season on the Cyclone football staff. Mouser was a graduate assistant working with the Cyclone offense in 2016 before taking over in his new role as Assistant Director of Scouting.

Mouser spent the 2015 season as a graduate assistant at Toledo where he worked primarily with the wide receivers. The Rockets went 10-2 and were champions of the Boca Raton Bowl.

A native of Chandler, Arizona, Mouser earned his bachelor’s degree at Adams State in 2013 where was a team captain and all-conference performer at defensive end.

 

ERIC KOHR | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SCOUTING

Eric Kohr is in his first season as Assistant Director of Scouting/Recruiting Operations.

Kohr spent the 2016 season at Ohio University as the Director of Player Personnel and High School Relations where he assisted with on-campus recruiting activities and correspondence with prospective student-athletes.

He was also a recruiting assistant for Ohio from 2014-15 and had a brief stint at Maryland (2015-16) as a recruiting analyst before returning to the Bobcat staff in 2016.

A native of Ellicott City, Md., Kohr also worked as a volunteer recruiting assistant at Towson (2014) and in the video department with the Detroit Lions (2013-14).

Kohr earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College in 2013. He was a four-year letterwinner on the wrestling team and was named team captain as a senior.
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JEFF MYERS | GRADUATE ASSISTANT / OFFENSE

Jeff Myers is in his second season as a graduate assistant working with the Iowa State offense.

A native of Massillon, Ohio, Myers was a graduate assistant at Toledo in 2015, helping the Rocket recruiting efforts.

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.

Myers earned his bachelor’s degree from Toledo in 2014.

Myers is engaged to Lauren Best.

 

JOEL GORDON | OFFENSIVE ANALYST

Joel Gordon is in his second season as an offensive analyst for the Iowa State football program.

Gordon came to Iowa State after spending 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. Shepherd coached in the 2015 Division II national championship game in his final season at the school.

From 2008-10, Gordon was the offensive coordinator at Emory & Henry, a Division III school in Virginia He was at Shepherd from 2005-07, helping the team to three conference championships as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.

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 at Shepherd from 1999-2002, earning all-conference honors. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Shepherd in 2003.

He has a wife, Becca.

 

JAKE WATERS | GRADUATE ASSISTANT OFFENSE

Jake Waters is in his first season on the Iowa State football staff as a graduate assistant for the offense.

Waters is no stranger to Big 12 football. Waters was a two-year starter at quarterback for Kansas State in 2013 and 2014 after an All-American career at Iowa Western Community College.

Waters threw for 2,469 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013 and passed for 3,501 yards, tossed 22 touchdowns and rushed for nine touchdowns as a senior in 2014 to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors.

Waters, who was team captain in 2014, went 17-9 as a starter for the Wildcats, breaking career school records in completion percentage, passing efficiency and total offensive yards per game.

Prior to his two-year career at KSU, Waters was the 2012 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year at Iowa Western. The first-team All-American set the NJCAA single-season completion record formerly held by Cam Newton by completing 73.3 percent of his passes in 2012.

Waters had a brief professional career, signing contracts with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, and earning a roster spot for the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

He spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach at Iowa Western prior to his arrival in Ames.

A native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Waters prepped at St. Albert High School, leading the Falcons to a pair of Class 1A state titles and a 37-2 record as a starter. He was a three-time Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) All-State selection.

Waters earned his degree from Kansas State in 2014.