Iowa State University - Football

Offensive Coaching Staff

 

Tom Manning |  Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach

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 and Iowa State 2016-17, rejoins the Iowa State football staff as offensive coordinator.

Manning was the tight ends coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 2018, helping the Colts advance to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs and a 10-6 record. He was instrumental in tutoring Eric Ebron into a Pro Bowl selection, as Ebron was second on the team in receptions (66) and receiving yards (750).

Ebron also led the team in touchdowns, breaking the Colts’ record for touchdown catches in a season by a tight end with 13.

Manning’s work as an offensive coordinator in his first stint at Iowa State (2016-17) 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) with Manning calling plays.

Manning’s balanced offensive attack in 2017, which featured a school-record five 300-yard passing games with three different quarterbacks, and an 1,000-yard rusher in First-Team All-Big 12 back David Montgomery, helped the Cyclones achieve one of their greatest seasons in school history.

ISU ended the year with an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and 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 in 2017.

Manning’s offense in 2017 featured a First-Team All-Big 12 running back in Montgomery and a First-Team All-Big 12 receiver in Allen Lazard, who ended his career with school records in receptions (241), receiving yards (3,360) and 100-yard receiving games (12).

The Cyclones hit the 40-point mark five times, tying the school record, recorded 274 first downs, the second-best total in the ISU record book, and had 47 touchdowns, ranking third in school history.

Limiting mistakes was a huge part of ISU’s success in 2017. The Cyclones broke the school record for fewest turnovers in a season with 10, ranking second nationally, and ranked 14th nationally in fewest penalties per game at 4.38.

Iowa State went nearly the entire season without losing a fumble, tying the FBS record for fewest lost fumbles in a season with only one, which occurred on a controversial call in the final four minutes of the Liberty Bowl.

Senior offensive lineman Jake Campos ended his outstanding career in 2017 by earning Second-Team All-Big 12 honors and CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades. Campos led an offensive line that allowed just 19 sacks during the season, ranking second in the Big 12 and 26th nationally.

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 in 2016, the fourth-best season total in school history.

With Manning dialing up plays, the Cyclones boasted a 1,000-yard receiver in All-Big 12 performer Lazard – one of four players to break the 1,000-yard barrier in school history – and three 500-yard rushers (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, and a son, Max.


NATE SCHEELHAASE |  Wide Receivers Coach

Nate Scheelhaase is in his second season on the Iowa State football staff. He worked with the Cyclone running backs in 2018 and will direct the wide receivers in 2019.

Iowa State recorded one of its best seasons in school history in 2018, as the Cyclones went 8-5, broke the school record for conference wins in a season (six), posted their best conference finish in 40 years (T3rd) and made the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Scheelhaase was instrumental in helping running back David Montgomery earn All-America honors for the second season in row in 2018. Montgomery was third in the Big 12 in rushing (101.3), becoming just the eighth player in Iowa State history to record multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons (1,216). He was also second in the league in rushing touchdowns (13).

A two-time First-Team All-Big 12 running back, Montgomery recorded seven 100-yard rushing games in 2018, tying for third on ISU’s season list. Montgomery ended his brilliant career ranking sixth in career rushing (2,925) and eighth in career rushing touchdowns (26) in Iowa State history.

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 Lovie Smith and worked his 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.

 

JOEL GORDON | Pass Game Coordinator / Quarterbacks coach

Joel Gordon is in his fourth season with the Iowa State football program and his second directing the Cyclone quarterbacks, adding the title as passing game coordinator in 2019.

Iowa State recorded one of its best seasons in school history in 2018, as the Cyclones went 8-5, broke the school record for conference wins in a season (six), posted their best conference finish in 40 years (T3rd) and made the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Gordon played a huge role in mentoring Brock Purdy in 2018, who recorded the finest rookie season by a Cyclone signal-caller in school history as a true freshman.

When Purdy took over as the Cyclone quarterback in the last nine games, the offense thrived by averaging 30.9 points, 402.7 yards and 6.7 yards per play. Purdy, who earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 accolades and was the ESPN Big 12 True Freshman of the Year, set school marks in passing efficiency (169.9- sixth nationally) and completion percentage (66.4 pct.- 15th nationally).

Purdy broke the all-time NCAA record for best passing efficiency total for a true freshman. Only four freshmen in NCAA history had a better passing efficiency rating than Purdy (Jameis Winston, Sam Bradford, Rudy Carpenter and Michael Vick). All four, however, sat out their first season in college as a redshirt.

Purdy also ranked fourth nationally in yards per completion (15.4), tied the school record for 300-yard passing games in a season (3) and accounted for 21 of ISU’s 35 touchdowns in the last nine games (16 passing, 5 rushing). His 16 touchdown passes ranks fifth on ISU’s season record book.

The Cyclone offense tied the school record for most 40-point games vs. league opponents in a season during the 2018 campaign, scoring 48 vs. Oklahoma State, 40 vs. Texas Tech and 42 vs. Kansas State. ISU was also 10th nationally in red zone offense, scoring points on 91.1 percent of its possessions inside the 20-yard line.

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 fourth 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’s recruiting has sky-rocketed, recording four of the best classes in school history.

The last four Cyclone recruiting classes have all ranked in the nation’s top-50, including a pair of top-40 classes. The 2019 Iowa State recruiting class is the best in school history according to 247Sports, ranking No. 39 nationally and compiling a program-best .8550 composite rating.

Golesh has mentored a pair of all-conference performers in each of the last two seasons, as the Cyclones have recorded a pair of 8-5 seasons and back-to-back bowl berths.

In 2018, the Cyclone broke their school record for conference victories in a season (6), tying for third in the Big 12 for the best conference finish 40 years.

The production at tight end has been a big part of ISU’s success, as Sam Seonbuchner was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection for the second year in a row and freshman Charlie Kolar was a Second-Team All-Big 12 pick during the 2018 campaign.

Kolar had three touchdown catches as a rookie, tying for third on ISU’s freshman record list.

Chase Allen was a Second-Team All-Big 12 selection in 2017, as ISU posted one of its best seasons 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 fourth season with the Iowa State football program and his second as the offensive line coach.

The 2018 offensive line helped pave way for an 1,000-yard rusher in David Montgomery, who earned All-America honors for the second-straight season. Montgomery was third in the Big 12 in rushing (101.3) and second in the league in rushing touchdowns (13).

True freshman quarterback Brock Purdy posted the greatest season by a Cyclone signal-caller in school history thanks to Myers’ work on the o-line. Purdy ranked fourth nationally in yards per completion (15.4), had three 300-yard passing games, ranked sixth nationally in passing efficiency (169.9) and 15th in the nation in completion percentage (66.4), breaking or sharing school records in all four categories on ISU’s season list.

The Cyclone offense tied the school record for most 40-point games vs. league opponents in a season during the 2018 campaign, scoring 48 vs. Oklahoma State, 40 vs. Texas Tech and 42 vs. Kansas State. ISU was also 10th nationally in red zone offense, scoring points on 91.1 percent of its possessions inside the 20-yard line.

Two Cyclones offensive linemen earned all-conference recognition (honorable mention) in Julian Good-Jones and Josh Knipfel during the 2018 campaign. Both players have started all 26 games in the last two seasons.

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).

Campos spent the 2018 season as a member of the Dallas Cowboy practice squad.

The 2017 Cyclone offensive line helped pave the way for a 1,000-yard rusher (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, and his wife, Lauren, were married in 2018.