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Kris Cinkovich
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

Cinkovich is a man of many hats for head coach Paul Petrino. As associate head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, he has been entrusted with a wide range of responsibility.

And he’s excelled. Idaho’s offense has been one of the Sun Belt Conference’s best the past two seasons. In 2016, the Vandals ranked second in fourth-down conversion percentage (.591), second in passing offense (249.2), second in red zone offense (.879), second in scoring offense (30.8), team passing efficiency (133.76), third in tackles for loss allowed (5.15), offensive first downs (281), completion percentage (.613) and third-down conversion percentage (.396).

Three members of his offensive line – center Steve Matlock, tackle Jordan Rose and guard Noah Johnson earned recognition on the all-Sun Belt Conference team. Matlock was a second team choice, Rose was honorable mention as well as an AP All-Bowl Team selection in 2016 and Johnson was on the all-newcomer team. Rose is a senior in 2017 and Johnson will be a sophomore after earning a starting role as a true freshman.

Cinkovich is building his reputation as someone who can take a young unit and create a cohesive, effective group that excels within the structure of the team. He first did it at Idaho when he was hired as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. When he took over the offensive line in his second season with the Vandals, he welded the young players into a group that enabled Idaho to have one of the top offenses in the Sun Belt – and one that led the league in scoring during 2015.

Cinkovich’s players have made impacts and set records everywhere he’s been. In the 2012 NFL Draft, Arkansas receivers tied a draft record as – for the 14th time in draft history and third time by the SEC, a school had three wide receivers selected in the same draft. Cinkovich also tutored Cobi Hamilton to the best season by a wide receiver in Arkansas history and one of the top seasons ever put together in the SEC.

During the 2011 season, Cinkovich again molded the UA receivers into one of the most dominant groups in the country. Arkansas led the SEC in passing offense (300.7), total offense (438.1) and scoring offense (36.8) to become just the fifth school to lead the conference in all three categories in a single season and the first since Florida in 2001. The Razorbacks topped the conference in passing offense for the third straight season and became the second SEC team since 1992 to lead the conference in passing offense for at least three straight seasons. Arkansas was one of two schools to place two receivers in the top 10 in the SEC in receiving yards per game and receptions per game.

In 2010 during the Razorbacks’ campaign toward the school’s first BCS appearance, Cinkovich’s unit tied for the SEC lead with nine games featuring a 100-yard receiver. Arkansas also was one of two schools in the SEC to have two receivers rank in the top 10 in the conference in receiving yards per game.

Before Arkansas, Cinkovich coached three of the top four all-time reception leaders in UNLV history. Cinkovich also assisted with a passing attack that ranked in the top 50 nationally in 2008 and 2009, accounting for 40 passing touchdowns. UNLV also led the nation in red zone production in 2008 (95 percent) and third-down efficiency in 2009 (46.39 percent).

Cinkovich came to UNLV in 2003 from Las Vegas High School, where he oversaw the Wildcats for nine seasons and built one of the state’s top programs en route to compiling a record of 79-24. In 1995, he took LVHS to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years and in 2001 brought the school its first state championship since 1959. Cinkovich’s squads won three regional titles and were ranked among the best on the west coast three times by USA TODAY. He was inducted into the Southern Nevada Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.

Cinkovich played at Spokane Falls Community College from 1979-80 and Carroll College from 1981-82 as an offensive lineman for Bob Petrino Sr. A 1984 graduate of Carroll College in Helena, Mont., Cinkovich earned his master’s degree from Central Washington in 1987. He and his wife, Joanie, have two daughters, Carly and Stephanie.

Mike Breske
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Mike Breske joined Paul Petrino’s staff as the Vandals’ defensive coordinator and safeties coach after the 2014 season and the Idaho defense has been on the rise since.

The new schemes he brought with him allowed the Vandals to post their best interception (17) and pass breakup (41) numbers in the past 15 seasons. That also came with the fifth-most sacks and sixth-most hurries. In 2016, they were second in the conference in turnovers gained with 28 (eighth nationally) and were ranked third in the conference in interceptions (11th nationally). Graduated senior Jayshawn Jordan led the league in interceptions with six (seventh nationally) and Kaden Elliss, a junior in 2017, had five for third in the league and 13th in the nation. They battled throughout the season for the team lead with Jordan finally claiming it for good with his first-quarter interception in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

With Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year Aikeem Coleman on the defense and honorable mention honorees Elliss and Tony Lashley, Breske’s unit made a difference in 2016. A formidable front seven that put constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks led to the Vandals totaling 25 sacks and 67 tackles for loss along with 17 interceptions, 41 pass breakups, 20 quarterback hurries and 11 fumble recoveries.

Breske most recently was at Washington State and previously coached at Montana (twice), Wyoming, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado and Wayne State. He is a 1981 graduate of South Dakota State University, where he was a four-year starter at cornerback, a team captain and all-conference selection.

Along the way, he coached All-Americans, all-conference players, future professionals and had defensive units that turned in historic efforts. His 2013 Washington State defensive unit held USC to 54 passing yards and enabled the Cougars to win at the Coliseum for the first time in a decade. His 2012 unit was eighth nationally in tackles-for-loss per game and 11th in sacks per game.

He was a part of the Montana staffs that led the Grizzlies to the FSC semifinals in 2011, to the FCS (I-AA) Championship in 2001, to the 2000 runner-up FCS runner-up finish, and the 2002 quarterfinals.

Breske has more than 30 years of coaching experience in the collegiate ranks under his belt. Prior to his second stint at Montana, he served a one-year stint as the defensive coordinator/ secondary coach at North Dakota State in 2009.

From 2003-08 he served as the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator and secondary coach for Glenn at the University of Wyoming. In 2006 the Cowboys were ranked ninth in the nation in total defense, while they were 22nd in 2007 and 43rd in 2008.

During his first stint at Montana (2000-02), the Grizzlies prospered, winning the Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA) national championship in 2001, finishing as runner-up in 2000 and advancing to the quarterfinals in 2002. In 2000 Montana finished eighth in total defense (265.00 ypg), second in rushing defense (76.64 ypg) and 33rd in scoring defense (19.27 ppg).

During that three-year stretch he coached two players to All-America status, Vince Huntsberger (2000) and Trey Young (2001-02).

Prior to Montana he was the defensive coordinator for Northern Colorado’s powerhouse teams from 1987-99. He was also the defensive coordinator at Wayne State College (Neb.) from 1983-87; the secondary coach at Yankton (S.D.) College in 1982-83, and was a graduate assistant coach at Northern Iowa from 1981-82.

Aric Williams
Cornerbacks Coach

Williams is having a tremendous impact on the Idaho secondary with teh Vandals nabbing the greatest number of interceptions in 2016 (17) in recent history with cornerback Jayshawn Jordan leading the team with six, which includes one in Idaho's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory over Colorado State.

The 2016 success was the result of a steady progression of improvement since Williams joined the staff. The secondary had 10 of the Vandals' 17 interceptions and 31 of the team's total 41 pass breakups.

Williams, a former All-Pac-10 selection for Oregon State, joined the Vandals prior to the 2015 season as the cornerbacks coach.

"Aric was a great player at Oregon State," Idaho head coach Paul Petrino said when he brough Williams onto his staff. "He will be a great recruiter for us in southern California. He is on of the top young coaches in college football."

Williams came to Idaho from the University of Montana, where he spent five years as teh Grizzlies' cornerbacks coach. His players consistently were among the Big Sky's best and in 2010 and 2011 Trumain Johnson was a multiple All-American selection as well as a first team All-Conference choice and a third-round NFL pick.

Williams' coaching success mirrors the successes he had as a player.

Williams was a standout cornerback at Oregon State and a four-year letterman from 2001-04. He was a first team All-Pac-10 selection for the Beavers as a senior(2004), when he had 56 tackles, five interceptions and 14 pass break-ups. He was a second team All-Conference pick his junior season at both cornerback and as a kick-off returner. His junior year he had 39 tackles, four interceptions and 12 pass deflections.

Following his playing days at OSU, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles for a season (2005), and then played in NFL Europe for the Cologne Centurions (2006). After that he played two season in the AFL for the Philadelphia Soul (2007) and Arizona Rattlers (2008).

He then turned is attention to coaching. He spent two seasons as an assistant at his high school alma mater, Diamond Bar. From there, he headed to Arizona State where he oversaw defensive quality control and assisted with cornerbacks and special teams.

Williams earned his B.A. degree at OSU in fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design.

Charley Molnar
Quarterbacks Coach

Veteran coach Charley Molnar joined Paul Petrino’s staff in 2014 and coached the receivers for two seasons before taking over the quarterbacks during the spring of 2016.

“Getting Charley to join are staff was a home run for us,” Petrino said. “He has been one of the best offensive minds in college football. He is a great teacher of technique and details of his position.”

In his first season with the Vandals, he took quarterback-turned-receiver Joshua McCain and turned him into one of the nation’s top receivers – despite McCain asking to make the move during winter conditioning. McCain finished the season ranked 10th in receiving yards per game, 13 in receptions per game, and 16th in total receiving yards. He had similar successes with the 2015 receivers as the Vandals had one of the top 25 passing games in all of FBS.

Molnar was the head coach at the University of Massachusetts in 2012 and 2013 and was been an assistant at Notre Dame (2010-11), Cincinnati (2007-09) and Central Michigan (2006) as well as Indiana State (2005), Western Michigan (2003-04), Eastern Michigan (2002), Eastern Illinois (2001), Kent State (1994-2000), Illinois State (1990-93), Western Carolina (1989) and Virginia (1987-88). His coaching career began in 1984 at his alma mater, Lock Haven.

He has helped lead teams to seven bowl games, which includes Cincinnati’s top-five ranking and Sugar Bowl appearance in the 2009 season. His career includes two seasons as a head coach, 11 as an offensive coordinator and 17 as a quarterbacks coach.  Under Molnar’s guidance, players and teams set records in the passing game everywhere he has been. Both quarterbacks and receivers have been ranked among the NCAA’s best.

Molnar helped Notre Dame earn a bowl game bid in 2011 thanks in part to the play of quarterback Tommy Rees. In 2010, his first year with the Irish, Molnar helped install a new offensive system and developed both Dayne Crist and Rees as first-time starting quarterbacks. Under Molnar’s tutelage, Rees set Notre Dame freshman records in touchdown passes (12) and completion percentage (61.0). He also ranked in the top five among freshman Irish quarterbacks in completions (third, 100), yards (second, 1,106) and passing efficiency (second, 132.70).

From 2006-09, Molnar was at Cincinnati and Central Michigan and helped develop record-breaking quarterbacks and wide receivers. With the Bearcats, he oversaw the two most prolific passing seasons in Cincinnati history and mentored a pair of record-setting receivers.

Prior to Cincinnati, Molnar was at Central Michigan staff in 2006 when he helped the Chippewas win 10 games for the first time since 1979. Central Michigan won its Mid-American Conference division, the MAC championship and was victorious in the Motor City Bowl. Molnar completed a rare coaching feat at the conclusion of the 2006 season. Not only was he on the sidelines for 15 contests, including the 2006 MAC Championship Game, 2006 Motor City Bowl and 2007 International Bowl, but he coached the MVP in all three postseason games. Molnar directed another record-setting quarterback during his only season at Indiana State in 2005.  He coached quarterbacks from 2003-04 at Western Michigan and was forced to develop multiple signal-callers each season.

A one-year stop at Eastern Michigan in 2002 as quarterbacks coach followed a one-year stint as wide receivers coach at Eastern Illinois in 2001. From 1990-2000, Molnar spent time as an offensive coordinator as well as working with quarterbacks and wide receivers at two universities. He spent seven seasons at Kent State (1994-2000) after he worked in the same position at Illinois State from 1990-93.

Prior to Illinois State, Molnar called the offensive plays and coached quarterbacks at Western Carolina in 1989. He made his first foray into major college football as a graduate assistant in 1987-88 at Virginia. With the Cavaliers, he assisted the quarterbacks coach. Molnar’s first coaching job came at his alma mater, Lock Haven University. From 1984-86 he worked with the wide receivers, tight ends, running backs and kickers.

Jason Shumaker
Running Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Shumaker has a three-pronged impact on the Vandal football program.

1 – He coaches the running backs, who in the last couple of years have produced some of the best games in recent memory

2 – He is in charge of the highly-rated special teams unit

3 – He leads the effort in scouring the country for the next generation of Vandals as Idaho’s recruiting coordinator.

During the past two seasons – 4-8 in 2015 and 9-4 with a bowl championship in 2016, the impact of these areas went a long way in helping the Vandals put a succession of one-victory seasons behind them.

His star of 2015 – Elijhaa Penny, was the first Vandal since 2007 to surpass the 1,000-yard mark. Penny has taken his abilities to the next level where he is an Arizona Cardinal teammate of former Idaho first-round draft pick Mike Iupati. In 2016, Shumaker’s backs combined for 1,921 yards – the most since 2009 when Iupati was a starting guard on the offensive line.

Idaho’s special teams have excelled as well. The Vandals have had a unit in the top-5 of the FBS in each of the last three seasons. The unit was ranked fourth nationally by ESPN and fifth by Football Outsiders for Special Teams Efficiency. All-American punter Austin Rehkow led the effort as he became Idaho’s first four-time first-team all-conference choice (he was the Independent Special Teams Player of the Year his freshman season). In addition to his stellar punting, he doubled as Idaho’s kicker where he earned Lou Groza finalist honors as he rewrote Idaho’s record books. He was one of just two players on the Ray Guy (nation’s best punter) and Lou Groza (nation’s best kicker) watch lists for 2016.

In 2016, the Vandals also were the only team in the country to return two blocked punts for touchdowns – senior Kendrick Trotter at Louisiana-Monroe and true freshman Lloyd Hightower in the regular-season finale against Georgia State. Blocking punts is becoming a trademark of his special teams as the Vandals were third in FBS in that category in 2014 and were second in 2016. They were equally successful in protecting their punter by leading the nation in 2013 and 2014 in fewest blocks allowed with none.

Other special teams marks in include and upgrade from fifth in FG made in 2015 to third in 2016. The team was ninth in the NCAA in kickoff coverage in 2016. Idaho came in atop the NCAA in 2013 and 2014 in punt average and ranked second in net punt in 2014.

Shumaker’s mark on the transformation of the Vandals started in the winter of 2013.  He and head coach Paul Petrino’s first staff assembled players who had an immediate impact for the Vandals. With a full recruiting year to prepare for the 2014 signing day, Shumaker was able to help develop a class that had an even greater impact.

Shumaker came to Idaho after serving one year as Arkansas’ Director of High School Relations. Prior to joining the Arkansas staff, he spent seven years of collegiate coaching at small colleges from Eastern New Mexico to Midland University. At Midland, he was the associate head coach/offensive coordinator in 2011 and the run game coordinator/head junior varsity coach in 2010. The Warriors’ offense finished in the top 30 nationally in nearly every offensive category in 2011.

Shumaker was hired as the head coach of Dana College in December of 2009 and served in that role until the school closed in June of 2010.

Prior to his time at Dana, he was at the University of Saint Mary at Leavenworth, Kan., for three seasons as the offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator and offensive line and tight ends coach. The offense he directed finished in the top 30 in the nation in several categories over two seasons with four games of 500 yards total offense. Because of this success, he was chosen the 2008 KCAC Assistant Coach of the Year.

Shumaker went to USM from Eastern New Mexico, where he served as fullbacks coach and defensive line coach over two seasons and coached three All-Lone Star Conference players. Prior to his time at ENMU, he was a teacher and a coach at Rowlett, Texas.
Shumaker was born in Salina, Kan., and went to high school in Grand Prairie, Texas. From there, he attended the University of Kansas, where he played fullback for the Jayhawks. He was a five-time Jayhawk Scholar and was on the Big XII Commissioner’s Honor Roll five times. Shumaker graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in education in 2003 and received his Master’s Degree in sports administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 2007.

He is married to the former Kate Klepper. They have two children – a son, Davis, and a daughter, Elliette.

Eric Brown
Outside Linebackers Coach

Since the day he signed on, Eric Brown’s linebackers have been making names for themselves. In doing so, h e made a name for himself as a 2016 choice as an AFCA 30 Under 30 honoree -- a distinction given to college football's brightest up-and-coming stars of the coaching world.

From the start (2013), he coached Idaho’s top tackler in linebacker Marc Millan, who led the team with 91 total tackles (70 solo and 21 assists). Millan also had 11 tackles for loss (second on the team) and four sacks (third on the team).

In Brown’s second season, Millan again led all-tacklers for Idaho with 102 total stops. He had 72 solo tackles and 30 assists. Among those tackles were 15.5 tackles for loss and a single-game best of 18 total tackles – 17 solo and one assist.

The story was the same for the 2015 season when the Vandals’ top three tacklers – Broc Westlake, Kaden Elliss and Millan, came from his linebacking corps. Between them, they combined for 233 tackles and 14 tackles for losses totaling 47 yards.

The theme repeated in 2016 with sophomore Tony Lashley the tackle leader with 107 total stops – 70 solo and 37 assists, to go with 10 tackles for loss (second on the team). Fourth and fifth on the team, respectively, were sophomores Ed Hall and Kaden Elliss. Hall had 70 stops and Elliss finished with 65 tackles with five interceptions, eight tackles for loss and three sacks. All told, the 2016 linebacking crew accounted for four of the top eight tacklers on the team with 264 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss, seven sacks, six interceptions, five fumble recoveries, four passes defensed, and one hurry and one blocked kick.

Elliss picked off five passes in 2016, the most by any FBS linebacker. He was third in the conference in interceptions (13th nationally) behind teammate Jayshawn Jordan who led the league and was seventh in FBS with his six from his cornerback position.

Brown, like head coach Paul Petrino, grew up with football. The son of the late Dan Brown, the long-time defensive coordinator at Fresno State, Eric Brown came to Idaho from Indiana State University.

“Eric is a coach’s son,” Petrino said. “You can tell he’s been around football all his life.”

That inherent knowledge of the game is something Petrino prizes.

“He’s probably one of the greatest young minds in college football,” Petrino said.

Brown played for and graduated from Fresno State University. After graduating in 2011, he was a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs. He helped guide Bulldogs’ defensive tackle Logan Harrell to first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2011 – a season during which Harrell recorded 16 tackles for loss.

At Indiana State, Brown was the outside linebackers coach. Among the players under his guidance were two players ranked in the top three in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and top 25 in the Football Championship Subdivision in tackles per game, as well as the league’s No. 5 player in quarterback sacks. The Sycamores were ranked third nationally in total defense in 2012. He also coached Connor Underwood to a Freshman All-American season.

Troy Purcell
Tight ends

Troy Purcell and Paul Petrino have reunited on the football field. Once teammates at Carroll College, Petrino reached out to Purcell to coach Idaho’s inside linebackers shortly after Purcell notched his fourth state high school title in Montana.

“We’re very excited to have Troy,” Petrino said. “He’ll bring great knowledge, enthusiasm and fire to our defense. That will be exciting.”

Purcell’s and Petrino’s roots go back to their high school days at Helena’s Capital High School. Both graduated in 1986. While Petrino headed to the college ranks after graduating from Carroll, Purcell started on a path that led to an immensely successful career at three Montana high schools.

He capped his high school career with his third state title at Bozeman High School. The championship wrapped up a 13-1 season and was Bozeman’s fourth state championship game appearance. Under Purcell, Bozeman, in 2010, won its first state title since 1917. It added another one in 2013 – to cap a perfect season, to add to Purcell’s collection.

“I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to join Coach Petrino,” Purcell said. “We’ve grew up together in football and have very similar styles.”

In addition to his success at Bozeman, he also coached Havre to a state championship in 2004 – its first in 36 years.

Purcell and his wife, Krista, have one daughter, Brooklyn. In addition to his degree in Elementary Education and Health Enhancement, he has a master’s degree in Learning Development from Montana State-Northern.

Bobby Daly

Daly joined Petrino's staff as a graduate assistant in 2013 and took over as the Vandals' Director of Football Operations in 2016. He coached the defensive line in Idaho's 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory before moving to coach linebackers with Eric Brown in the spring of 2017.

Montana State's legendary All-American middle linebacker grew up on the sidelines of Capital High School's football team in Helena, Mont. The son of the offensive line coach at CHS, he was involved in football, basketball, wrestling and track while in high school. He was a two-time first team All-State defensive end while setting the school sack record as part of teh 13-0 2002 State Championship team.

Daly walked on MSU. After redshirting the 2004 season and making the transition from defensive end to linebacker, he started six games as a freshman and was a member of the 2005 Big Sky Championship team. He led the conference in tackles the next two seasons and was the 2007 FCS Consensus first team All-American middle linebacker. Daly was a team captain and a three-time All-Big Sky performer.

After graduating with a degree in business finance, he played three seasons of professional arena football and was a member of the 2010 IFL Champion Billings Outlaws. He also has earned his masters degree from Idaho.

Luther Elliss
Defensive Line

Luther Elliss, a Pro Bowl defensive tackle and a consensus All-American during his playing days, has joined the University of Idaho football staff as the Vandals’ defensive line coach.

He joins sons, Kaden, a junior this fall, and Christian, who signed his letter of intent with the Vandals earlier this month, in Moscow. Both sons are linebackers.

“Luther is a tremendous addition to our staff,” coach Paul Petrino said. “He knows the game inside and out – and he’s an excellent teacher and motivator. He’s a great leader of young men and an outstanding role model.”

Elliss welcomes the opportunities – to coach at Idaho, to coach the defensive line and to be a part of the Vandal Family with his sons.

“Coach Petrino and his staff have done a great job of changing the culture and changing what the expectations are here,” Elliss said. “I’m very excited to be a part of that.”

He said he draws on his collective playing experience for his coaching style and methods.

“You can take the pluses and minuses and help shape your own thoughts and philosophies,” he said. “Experience does help."

Elliss, a native of Mancos, Colo., was a consensus All-American at the University of Utah in 1994 and a first-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions. He earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.

After being chosen 20th overall in the 1995 NFL Draft, he went on to star for Detroit for the next nine seasons. He started 119 of 134 regular-season games and had 331 tackles and 29 sacks in a career that included selection to the 1999 and 2000 Pro Bowls. He played his final professional season at Denver.

He and his wife, Rebecca, have 12 children – seven of whom are adopted. He spent the past two seasons as the team chaplain for the Denver Broncos.

Brian Reader
Director of Football Operations

After graduating high school from Palma High School at Salinas, Calif., Reader began his college career in 2007 as a preferred walk-on for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He redshirted for the Razorbacks and ran the scout team offense. When Houston Nutt departed from Arkansas for Ole Miss, Reader decided to transfer to Monterey Peninsula College. While at Monterey Peninsula, Reader assumed the starting quarterback role, and guided the Lobos to a 10-0 regular-season record and a Coast Conference championship. He was named the Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Reader committed to the University of Idaho on February 5, 2009. As a sophomore in 2009, Reader was named the backup to Nathan Enderle. Reader started back-to-back games as a sophomore against Fresno Stateand Boise State. In 2010, Reader played in 10 of the Vandals' 13 games as a backup to Enderle. As a senior in 2011 Reader was named the Vandals' starting quarterback.

Reader played in 27 games for the Idaho Vandals and completed 281-of-506 passes for 3,343 yards and 21 touchdowns for his career. He finished his collegiate career ranked eighth on Idaho's all-time pass efficiency list (132.05).

After his senior season at Idaho, Reader signed with the Iowa Barnstormers in the Arena Football League, where he played two seasons. In 2015, Reader finished his professional career with the New Orleans Voodoo, throwing 21 touchdowns and 1,143 yards in six games before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.

Reader has coached in his off-seasons for his alma mater, Palma High School, coaching quarterbacks and receivers from 2013-2015.

Joined Paul Petrino’s staff as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Idaho in 2016.

Jamie Schultz
Defensive Graduate Assistant

Jamie Schultz becomes a graduate assistant for the Vandals' after working as a student assistant for Coach Paul Petrino's staff beginning in January 2013. Schultz has worked with the defensive line, linebackers, and secondary during his time as an undergraduate assistant coach. Schultz is in charge of weekly scouting reports, defensive practice schedules, defensive practice scripts, breakdowns of future opponents, and working with the offensive scout team.

Schultz also has worked as a guest coach for the Treasure Valley Football Camp working with different high school teams in the Boise area.

Schultz graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Physical Education.

Schultz graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho in May 2011. While at Bishop Kelly, Schultz played 3 years of varsity football for the Knights. Schultz started all 12 games on the defensive line as a senior for the Knights as they went on to win the 2010 4A State Football Championship.

Steven Oliver
Offensive Graduate Assistant

A 2011 graduate of Hamilton High School at Chandler, Ariz., Oliver was an all-conference offensive lineman, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, and earned three 5A-1 State Championships in a row with a record of 42-1 over his last three seasons.

Oliver graduated with second honors from University of San Diego in January 2016 with a degree in Finance and minor in Marketing. A three-year letterman, he played in 30 games, while starting his final 22 at center. San Diego won conference championships in four out of five seasons with Oliver at center (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015). As a junior, he was a starter on the team that received the school’s first bid to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs (2014). He was on his team’s leadership council and was the Vice President of USD’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Oliver joined the Vandal staff in 2016.

Brandon Mitchell
Offensive Graduate Assistant

Professional Career: Played in the IFL for 11 games as starting Quarterback for the Colorado Crush (name Ice 2015) before season ending ACL injury. Completed 189-282 passes for league-leading 41 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Rushed 76 times for 498 yards and second in the league with 14 touchdowns. Mitchell finished top 1-3 in every passing and rushing category. Also won IFL player of the week a league-best five  times. Won player of the game for eight of 11 games he played in...Finished second in rookie of the year and fourth in MVP voting due to season ending injury.

In 2013: Graduated from Arkansas in July and joined the Pack for preseason camp. Suffered a season-opening broken foot after completing 3-3 for 93 yards one TD, one rush for 12 yards on first drive of season opener vs.  LA Tech. Missed eight weeks before coming back to complete 113-151 passes for 1,191 yards and 10 touchdowns. Rushed 48 times 447 yards and seven touchdowns.

In 2012: Saw action in eight games and made three starts in his first season at wide receiver ... Caught 17 passes for 372 yards, rushed six times for 48 yards and was 6-of-8 passing for 45 yards and one touchdown ...Hauled in four receptions for a career-high 122 yards, including a career-long 40 yarder, in the season-opener vs. State ... Rushed six times for 18 yards, caught one five-pass and completed 4-7 vs. No. 1 Alabama.

In 2011: Saw action in nine games, completing 22-of-32 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns with one interception ...Rushed 15 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns ... Went 10-11 attempts for 104 yards and one TD vs. Missouri State ... Attempted a career-high 13 passes and completed eight for a career-high 114 yards, including a career-long 54 yarder, and one touchdown while rushing five times for a career-high 59 yards and one touchdown vs. New Mexico.

In 2010: Appeared in four games for the Razorbacks. In the season-opener vs. Tennessee Tech and the final three games of the season - at No. 22 Mississippi State, vs. No. 6 LSU and the Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. No. 6 Ohio State, as part of Arkansas' kickoff coverage and kickoff return units.
In 2009: He redshirted and practiced with the scout team. Played basketball for the Razorabcks.

Prep: The Louisiana All State in both Basketball and Football completed 101-of-150 passes for 2,888 yards and 35 touchdowns while throwing only four interceptions, rushed 76 times for 1,464 yards 16 touchdowns as a senior at Amite High School for coach Alden Foster ... Listed him as the No. 83 player in the country by, ranked him as the No. 20 quarterback .. Also rushed 98 times for 1,289 yards and 14 touchdowns ... As a junior, threw for more than 3,500 yards and 27 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions ... Boasts a 42-inch vertical leap, he also played basketball where he averaged 25 points 12 assists and eight rebounds a game. Committed to LSU as. Sophomore... Also received the Warrick Dunn Award for best player in Louisiana.  Chose Arkansas over Alabama, LSU(both), Michigan(both), Mississippi State, Kansas State(both), UCONN(basketball), Ole Miss, and Tennessee(both)