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Tom Minnick

Football - Head Coach

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39 wins.  If that term stands by itself, it likely just prompts questions.  If you clarify it by putting it in the sentence, “Tom Minnick has won 39 games in the last four years coaching at AWC”, it prompts awe, since it is a historic number.  No head coach in the 50-year history of Matador Football has ever racked up that many wins in that short a span.  When you put that statistic next to the other history-making ones that Minnick has amassed in his five previous seasons as a Matador:  first coach to lead the Matadors to four straight bowl appearances (2009 Mississippi Bowl, 2010 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, 2011 & 2012 El Toro Bowl); first coach to lead the Matadors to back-to-back conference titles; first coach to lead the Matadors to a WSFL Championship; led them to the #1 national ranking at different times during two consecutive seasons (first time since 1972); coach an AWC football player to the NJCAA’s Offensive Player of the Year Award to the program for the first time ever (Reggie Bullock won the award in 2010); and feature the league and/or region’s Player of the Year four times in the last three years (Bullock (2010) & Damien Williams (2011) won the WSFL/ACCAC Offensive POY; Chris Young won the WSFL/ACCAC Defensive POY in 2011; Tanner McEvoy won the ACCAC Offensive POY in 2012); win the WSFL Coach of the Year Award himself in 2011; and lead the Matadors to the NJCAA’s Championship Game in 2011.  Since 2009, Minnick’s Matadors have never been out of the national championship conversation during the majority of the season.  For Matador fans, Minnick’s arrival in 2008 began the resurrection of the program, but for Minnick himself, it was just a continuation of the greatness he’d achieved during a long coaching career in the Midwest.  Minnick came to Yuma from Joliet Junior College just outside of Chicago, Illinois, where he restored that program to national prominence in his two years as head coach with 17 overall wins (including a 10-win season in 2007), back-to-back Midwest Football Conference East Division titles and two appearances in the Graphic Edge Printing Bowl (and winning it in ‘07); and a #10 ranking in the final ‘07 NJCAA Football Poll-their highest national ranking in 5 years.  Minnick’s two head coaching years at Joliet succeeded an extremely successful career as a longtime assistant to his mentor, NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Bob MacDougall.  Minnick was MacDougall’s starting quarterback at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1986, his assistant at DuPage from 1990 until 1996 (helping lead them to bowl appearances all seven years and four bowl wins), and finally his assistant at Joliet from 2000 until MacDougall’s retirement in ’06, where they won 2 national championships (’01 (as NJCAA Non-Scholarship Champs) & ’02 (overall champs), put together a 21-game winning streak over 2 years, and won two bowl games.  Minnick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business at the University of Missouri-Rolla.  Tom and his wife, AWC Spirit Team Coach Tiffany Minnick, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this past year, and have two daughters, 15-year-old Payton and 10-year-old Morgan.

 
 
Jerry Dominguez Jerry Dominguez

Football - Defensive Coordinator/Associate Head Coach

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Since 2005, there has been one main constant that opposing coaches have known to expect from a Matador Football defense:  an aggressive, tenacious, nationally respected defense.  That’s the by-product of the longest-tenured football coach on the staff as Jerry Dominguez begins his ninth year with the program.  It’s no accident that Dominguez’s defenses have pitched ten shutouts during his nine years (eight as defensive coordinator), and have led the WSFL in sacks five times.  A pair of Dominguez’s Matador defensive stars, Korey Toomer (Idaho) and Jesse Williams (Alabama), not only went on to excel on the four-year level (Williams won a pair of national championships with the Crimson Tide), but have both been drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the last two years, while four others, former All-Pac 10 & Arizona State defensive lineman Luis Vasquez (Ravens), University of Idaho alum Jeromy Jones (Rams), Portland State’s Myles Wade (Buccaneers) and Hawaii’s Zach Masch (Seahawks), were signed as free agents out of college by NFL teams.  They’re part of a contingent of more than 47 players coached by Dominguez here at AWC who have gone on to play at NCAA Division I schools over that span.  From 2009 through 2011, Dominguez’s defenses were tops in the WSFL (and 4th-best in the nation), allowing just under 200 yards per game in each of those seasons.  This past year, such top NCAA Division I schools as Indiana, Kansas, West Virginia, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oklahoma State and Kentucky came calling to sign Dominguez’s defensive protégés, and that kind of success continues to stoke the fires inside for Dominguez, who’s now in his 17th year of coaching and is also the Athletic Academic Service Coordinator for the Matador Athletic Department.  The Watsonville, California, native was also a six-year assistant (five as defensive coordinator) at NCAA Division II Northern State University, leading their defense to school single-game records for fewest rushing yards allowed (-29) and fewest total yards allowed (52) while helping take them to a conference title and the program’s first-ever bowl appearance.  Dominguez began his coaching career with two years as Secondary Coach & Special Teams Coordinator at NAIA power Bethany College in Kansas, picking up where he left off as a star player for Bethany, leading them to two regular undefeated seasons, two conference titles, and two playoff appearances as an All-Conference linebacker and Team MVP.  Dominguez has his Master’s degree in Science in Education, and has three children:  two daughters, 15-year-old Maisey Joi & 9-year-old Melaya Evelia, and one son, 12-year-old Jazz Antonio.

 
 
Mike Orthmann

Michael Orthmann 

Football - Offensive Coordinator

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Mike Orthmann has served as offensive coordinator at Arizona Western College for the past four seasons, a span that has seen one of the most successful periods in the history of AWC football. From 2009 – 2012, the Matadors posted a combined record of 38-7, winning three Western States Football League championships earning and four NJCAA bowl game appearances. The 38 wins are the most in any four-year period in AWC football history. The 2011 Arizona Western team finished 11-1, losing only a 55-47 heartbreaker in the NJCAA National Championship Game to East Mississippi.
Orthmann has guided the Matador offense to a top-10 national ranking in each of his four seasons. AWC has also featured the NJCAA Region I Offensive Player of the Year each of the last four seasons and the Western States Football League’s Offensive Player of the Year three of the last four years. In 2010, Matador running back Reggie Bullock was named the NJCAA National Offensive Player of the Year, the first time in AWC Football history that a Matador received the award. That season, Bullock led the nation in rushing (1830 yards) and scoring (132 points), and finished his two-year AWC career with 3247 rushing yards, the most career rushing yards in the history of the Western States Football League and 5th most all-time in the NJCAA. In 2011, Damien Williams became the second Matador in a row to lead the nation in rushing and scoring, with 1931 yards (9th best in NJCAA history) and 188 points; both are AWC single-season records. Williams finished his two-year AWC career with 2654 rushing yards, second only to Bullock. In 2012, quarterback Tanner McEvoy set AWC single-season records for touchdown passes (28), completions (156), completion percentage (64.5%) and quarterback rating (171.96), joining Bullock and Williams by being named NJCAA Region I Offensive Player of the Year. Seven of Orthmann’s Matador offensive players have been named NJCAA All-American: Bullock (2009 and 2010), offensive tackle Jason Weaver (2009), offensive tackle Aaron Douglass (2010), Williams (2011), center David Kekuewa (2011), tight end Emmanuel Bibbs (2012), and offensive guard Dionte Savage (2012).
Arizona Western College is Orthmann’s first experience coaching junior college football. Prior to joining the AWC staff in 2009, he coached at eight different schools at the various NCAA and NAIA levels. The list includes: 1) two seasons as offensive coordinator & offensive line coach at Idaho State University (9th-best passing offense in the nation in 2008), and whose prize pupil, Evan Dietrich-Smith, is a Super Bowl champion as a member of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line; 2) one year as Sacramento State’s offensive line coach; 3) one season at Baylor University coaching the Bears’ tight ends (including the 2nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Jason Smith); 4) a year as the running backs & tight ends coach at NAIA Southern Oregon University; 5) four years at Northern Arizona University, where he served as Associate Head Coach and helped the Lumberjacks to two NCAA Division I-AA playoff berths and a final national rank of #6 in 2003; 6) a four-year stint as a Montana State University assistant, variously coaching tight ends, running backs, offensive line, and long snappers (including long-time Tennessee Titans long snapper Ken Amato); 7) another four-year stretch as an assistant at Eastern Washington University where he coached 3 future NFL lineman – Tom Ackerman (Saints and Titans), Trent Pollard (Bengals) and Kevin Sargent (Bengals); and 8) one year coaching the offensive line at NAIA Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. Interestingly, Orthmann has coached players who finished their careers as the all-time rushing leader at 4 different schools: Bullock at AWC; Josh Barnett at Idaho State; Marcus King at Northern Arizona; and Ryan Johnson at Montana State. His high school coaching experience is as an assistant at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as well as Kennewick High School in his hometown of Kennewick, Washington. Orthmann played offensive line at the University of Idaho for Head Coach Dennis Erickson, and at Kennewick High School for Head Coach Ed Troxel. He earned Bachelor’s Degrees in both history and education as well as his Master’s Degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University.
 

 
   
Football 2010

Tony Mitchell, Jr.

Football - Defensive Line Coach

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If there is a hulking sophomore football student-athlete in a room at AWC in mid-December or early February with a pen in his hand about to sign a letter of intent with a top four-year university, he likely has Tony Mitchell to thank for it.  Since Mitchell’s arrival with Tom Minnick at AWC in 2008, universities from the SEC, Big 10 and Big 12 (among others) have seen Mitchell’s offensive and defensive line protégés not only grace their rosters but excel while there.  Mitchell’s 6th year with the staff will be his 4th year on the offensive side of the ball, having spent the 2008 & 2009 campaigns as the team’s defensive line coach.  But since 2010, it’s been Mitchell’s offensive blockers that have produced the holes to allow Reggie Bullock, Damien Williams & Tanner McEvoy to accumulate enough yards to win rushing titles for Bullock & Williams, and Offensive Player of the Year awards for all three. Three of his linemen in the last three years have been NJCAA All-Americans (Dionte Savage, David Ke’kuewa & Aaron Douglas), while six linemen have enjoyed All-Region I & All-WSFL honors during that period.  The Minnick/Mitchell collaboration began over a decade ago in Mitchell’s native state of Illinois when they were coaching mates at Joliet Junior College.  Mitchell helped lead JJC to two bowl appearances in four years coaching both linebackers and defensive linemen.  Mitchell also spent his time in between his final season with JJC and his first season at AWC in Hamburg, Germany, coaching for the Blue Devils German Football League.  Like Minnick, Mitchell calls NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Bob MacDougall a mentor while playing and coaching under ‘Coach Mac’., since he was a star linebacker for two MacDougall-led bowl-bound teams at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois; then reuniting with MacDougall and Minnick on Joliet’s coaching staff a decade later.  In between, Mitchell ended his playing career by starting for two more years as a linebacker at Kentucky State University in 1993 and 1994.  Mitchell earned his Bachelor’s degree from Governor’s State University in Illinois after earning his Associate’s degree while at the College of DuPage.  In addition to his coaching duties on the field, Tony is also a coach and mentor to the students who live on the AWC campus as the hall director at Deanza Hall.

   
   
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James Magee

Football - Offensive Line Coach

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First year?  His top protégé, Darwin Rogers, signs with Arizona State.  Year 2?  His top tight end, Emmanuel Bibbs, is an NJCAA All-American bound for Iowa State; Bibbs’ backup, Cameron Clear, signs with Texas A&M; and even his 3rd-string tight end, Austin Morgan, gets an offer and signs with Arkansas-Monticello.  Any questions?  He may not make a lot of noise, but James Magee certainly knows how to get it done as he heads into his 3rd year on the Matadors’ staff… and his 3rd year of college coaching overall.   Magee-a Seattle, Washington native-spent his first two years of his coaching career in his hometown as the offensive line coach at Ballard High School.  He had no problems with comfort zone there, since he was a star offensive tackle himself (playing every offensive & defensive line position at one time or another) at BHS-one of the top 4A football programs in the state of Washington.  His college home as a player also wasn’t far from his native home, since he spent four years playing center, guard and tackle at Washington State University.  Magee showed the same dedication off the field, earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies at Washington State.  

   
   
 

 

 

 

   
   
 

 

 

 

   
   
 

 

 

   

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