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2014 Football

Football 2010

Tom Minnick

Football - Head Coach

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Minnick has amassed in his six seasons as a Matador:  first coach to lead the Matadors to fife straight bowl appearances (2009 Mississippi Bowl, 2010 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, 2011 & 2012& 2013 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, 16-year-old Payton and 11-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 tenth 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 and are now Super Bowl Champions! Four other players, 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.  Two years ago, 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 18th 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.  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. Dominguez has his Master’s degree in Science in Education, and has three children:  two daughters, 16-year-old Maisey Joi & 10-year-old Melaya Evelia, and one son, 13-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 five seasons, a span that has seen one of the most successful periods in the history of AWC football. From 2009 – 2013, the Matadors earned five NJCAA bowl game appearances and won three WSFL championships. The 38 wins from 2009 to 2013 are the most in any four-year period in AWC football history. Orthmann’s players have been named NJCAA Region I Offensive Player of the Year four times and the Western States Football League’s Offensive Player of the Year three times. In 2010, Matador running back Reggie Bullock was named the NJCAA National Offensive Player of the Year. 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. Eight of Orthmann’s Matador offensive players have been named NJCAA All-American. Prior to joining the AWC staff in 2009, Orthmann coached at eight different schools at the various NCAA and NAIA levels. Orthmann has coached numerous future NFL players, most recently Evan Dietrich-Smith (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Orthmann played offensive line at the University of Idaho for Head Coach Dennis Erickson. He earned Bachelor’s Degrees in both history and education as well as a Master’s Degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University.

 

 
   
Football 2010

Tony Mitchell, Jr.

Football - Defensive Line Coach

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Mitchell’s 7th year with the staff will be his 3rd year on the defensive line, after spending the last 4 years on the offensive side of the ball.  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. Four of his linemen in the last three years have been NJCAA All-Americans (Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy, Dionte Savage, David Ke’kuewa & Aaron Douglas), while seven linemen have enjoyed All-Region I & All-WSFL honors during that period.  Mitchell has also spent his time in between his final season with Joliet Junior College 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 and former Hamburg Head Coach Joe Roman mentors.  Mitchell has played and coached 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; and then reunited 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.  Coach Mitchell is originally from Chicago, but loves his new WARM home in sunny Yuma, Arizona.

 

   

Korian Chambers

Football - Offensive Line Coach

Korian Chambers (first name is pronounced Kor-EE-un) enters his first season in the coaching ranks after completing a playing career that ended after the 2012 season with the University of New Mexico Lobos. While at UNM, Chambers was a reliable big man who started 23 games during his two-year Lobo career. He grinded through a senior season at right tackle in which he began the year in a cast on his right hand because of a broken bone. Chambers graded out at or above 70 percent in all 13 games in 2012 and helped the offense average 301.3 rushing yards, which was the fifth best in the nation. He started 10 games in his junior season in 2011, eight at the key left tackle position. Chambers spent the 2009 and 2010 at Arizona Western at both offensive tackle and guard for head coach Tom Minnick, where he was a two-year starter who was named First Team All-Region WSFL in 2010. Chambers led the Matadors to back-to-back Western States Football League championships and finished his two years at AWC with a 19-4 overall record. Chambers played at Millington Central High School in Memphis, where he was an offensive lineman and a defensive end. He was born on Dec. 6, 1989, in Memphis, Tennessee. His full name is Korian Chambers and he received an Associate of Arts degree from Arizona Western College and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Mexico.

   
   

Reggie Bullock

Football - Running Backs Coach

Reggie Bullock returns to Yuma for this first time since 2010. This time however, Bullock won’t be suiting up on Saturday’s; he will be donning a headset and clipboard for the first time in his life as the new Running Backs Coach at Arizona Western College. Prior to his return to AWC, Bullock closed out a fantastic playing career at the Division 1 level with Eastern Carolina University. He appeared in six games and started four during his first campaign with East Carolina. Reggie played in the first five contests of the year before missing the Memphis matchup with a left leg injury. He would then return for the Navy tilt, but was then sidelined for the remainder of the season with a right thigh injury. In his freshman year, Bullock earned the starting nod against South Carolina, UAB, North Carolina and Houston. He finished the year ranked second on the squad with 428 rushing yards, four ground scores and 95 carries. The National Junior College Athletics Association's (NJCAA) leading rusher as a sophomore at AWC, Bullock amassed 1,830 yards in 12 contests. He topped the NJCAA's national statistics in rushing yards per game (152.2 ypg), rushing touchdowns (20) and scoring (132 points/22 TDs). Bullock earned 2010 NJCAA Co-Player-of-the-Year honors along with Butler's (Kan.) Cornellius Carradine. A two-time Western States Football League (WSFL) Offensive Player-of-the-Year and NJCAA All-America selection, Bullock earned first-team honors as a sophomore after receiving second-team accolades as a freshman. He was also chosen to the All-Region I and All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (first-team) squads in 2009 and 2010. Bullock closed his career by extending his 100-yard rushing streak to 15 consecutive games during a 31-27 setback against Blinn (Texas) College in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl played at Copperas Cove, Texas, where he also tossed a TD pass vs. Blinn during bowl action, connecting with Jamal Gray on a 23-yard halfback option to close out the Arizona Western's scoring efforts. Bullock led the Matadors and stood second nationally in total rushing yards (1,417), rushing yards per game (157.4 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (20) as a freshman despite missing all or parts of three games. He opened his collegiate career with a 200-yard rushing effort, which included a 96-yard scamper, against Snow (Utah) College and played a key role helping AWC to a Mississippi Bowl appearance as a rookie (lost 27-24 to Eastern Mississippi). Bullock moved into a leadership role during sophomore season at Arizona Western, serving as a mentor to freshman understudy Damien Williams, who finished eighth in the league in rushing with 717 yards despite never starting a game.

   
   

Patrick Junor

Football - Linebackers Coach

This is his 5th year of coaching since graduating from the University of Arkansas in the Spring of 2010. Patrick Junor coached the running backs at Saint Francis University last season. His starting running back Kyle Harbridge was a FCS All-American. Finishing the season with 1,619 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. Before Saint Francis he coached the linebackers at North Dakota State College of Science of the NJCAA.

Prior to his time in North Dakota, Junor coached at NAIA Bluefield College. Again coaching the linebackers, Junor guided Terrell Starckey to all-conference honors in his first season at Bluefield before transferring to West Virginia University.

Junor’s first coaching position came in 2010 with Southwest Minnesota State University. Junor coached the tight ends and was the assistant offensive line coach at the Division II university.

A native of the South American nation of Guyana, Junor grew up in the Bronx as one of seven siblings and played football at John F. Kennedy High School under Jerry Horowitz, the current NFL Youth football director. Junor attended Kansas State University as a freshman and transferred to the University of Arkansas following his first year. He majored in kinesiology while playing for the Razorbacks under head coach Houston Nutt.

Graduated in 2010 from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Kinesiology.

 

   

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