DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
KYLLE SHOEMAKER | SPECIAL TEAMS CORRDINATOR/LINEBACKERS
William "Kylle" Shoemaker joined UWF as an assistant coach in June 2016.
Shoemaker will coach linebackers and special teams for the Argonauts, who are beginning their first season of intercollegiate football this fall.
"The more I learned about UWF as a whole, the more I felt this was an opportunity I could not pass up," Shoemaker, 28 said. "The UWF football program is special, and I feel very blessed to be a part of it."
Shoemaker has spent the last three seasons at Missouri S&T, including the 2015 campaign as the Miners' defensive coordinator. He has also worked with the defensive backs, linebackers, special teams and handled team travel during his time at S&T.
In 2015, the S&T defense ranked tenth in the country in tackles for loss with 8.7 per game and 19th in sacks with 3.1 per contest. Additionally, four players earned All-Great Lakes Valley Conference recognition as they helped the defense rank first in both sacks and opponent fourth-down efficiency.
"I've known of Kylle for a long time," Shinnick said. "He's worked with two of my closest friends in Brian Wilmer (formerly at Azusa Pacific) and Victor Santa Cruz (at Azusa Pacific), and we are very excited to add him and Melissa to our UWF family."
Prior to his time in Rolla, Missouri, Shoemaker spent three years in California. In 2011, he was on the staff at Azusa Pacific, where he coached the team's hybrid linebackers and handled all of the team's video productions, following three seasons at Cal Poly as a student assistant. The 2011 team at APU went 9-3 and was ranked as high as No. 5 nationally. The squad possessed the 20th-ranked rushing defense and ranked fifth in sacks in the NAIA ranks.
Shoemaker earned his bachelor's degree in business from Cal Poly in 2010 and his master's degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific in 2012.
He is originally from Encinitas, California, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker at Santa Fe Christian High School. Shoemaker was a two-time All-Coastal League selection and finished second on the team in tackles (94) for the Eagles in 2005 as they advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation championship game. He had 84 tackles as a 2004 junior when Santa Fe Christian won the CIF crown. He also lettered in volleyball for the Eagles.
Shoemaker and his wife, Melissa, have a 1-year-old daughter Keziah.
ALEX KRUTSCH | RECRUITING COORDINATOR / DEFENSIVE LINE
Alex Krutsch joined the University of West Florida football coaching staff in 2014 as one of the first defensive coaches in school history. He serves as the Argonauts' recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.
Krutsch came to UWF with five years of coaching experience in all three divisions of the NCAA. His most recent stop was defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at UNC Pembroke, where he coached for two seasons in 2013-14. During his first year at UNCP, the Braves went 9-2 and finished 15th in the final Division II national coaches’ poll. He helped lead the defense to national top 25 statistical rankings in rushing defense and third down conversion rate. He also helped mentor first team all-region defensive end Matt Turner, who led UNCP with 8.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss.
Prior to UNCP, Krutsch spent two years as a graduate assistant defensive line coach at his alma mater Northern Illinois from 2010-11, and he spent one year as a defensive line coach at Division III North Central in 2012. He served a variety of roles at Northern Illinois, where he worked with the defensive line as well as overseeing the team’s video department. In 2011 Krutsch was mentored by current University of Minnesota head coach and 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Jerry Kill. At North Central he helped lead the team to its seventh straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title and an automatic berth to the Division III playoffs.
Krutsch was a four-year letterwinner at NIU from 2005-08, playing in 38 career games with 29 starts. He collected 85 tackles - 36 solo, 14 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. The former walk-on student-athlete earned a scholarship prior to the 2007 season that saw him earn all-Mid-American Conference accolades after turning in 44 tackles (22 solo), including 6.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Krutsch earned the Jawan Jackson Award, given to a walk-on or former walk-on who makes the greatest impact, following that standout season, and he served as team captain as a senior in 2008. He also helped the Huskies to appearances in the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl and the 2008 Independence Bowl.
Krutsch, a native of Schaumburg, Ill., received his bachelor’s degree in organizational and corporate communication from Northern Illinois in 2008, and he also received his master’s degree in sports management in 2011. He is married to Samantha Krutsch.
BRITT MYERS | Graduate Assistant Coach/OLB
Britt Myers is in his first season on the coaching staff at UWF after joining the program in March. He will coach outside linebackers in his role as a graduate assistant coach.
Myers spent the past two seasons coaching linebackers at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
Before his time at Knox, Myers most recently was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Lane Tech. Under Myers, the team's rushing defense and total defense improved, and two defensive backs earned all-conference honors in his one season as the coordinator. Myers served as the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator in his first year at Lane Tech.
Myers played club baseball at Indiana University for four years and was president of the club his final two years. He graduated with a double major in exercise science and sport marketing & management and a double minor in coaching and business. After graduation, Myers coached high school football and travel baseball while also working at the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA).
Teaching and coaching run in the Myers family genes. Myers' father, Tom, has supplemented a 30+ year career at Lake Forest High School teaching P.E. and serving as the head baseball and football coach by also coaching football at Lake Forest College for more than a decade. His mother, Carol, taught P.E. and coached gymnastics at Deerfield High School for more than 30 years. Myers' brother, Travis, is a guidance counselor and assistant football and baseball coach at Glenbrook South HS.
DARIAN DULIN | Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
The University of West Florida hired longtime college coach Darian Dulin as Defensive Coordinator in February of 2017.
Dulin has 20 years experience as a college coach, including 17 as a head coach and coordinator.
"We are very excited to add a coach with the experience of Darian Dulin to our staff," Shinnick said. "He brings a great work ethic and has a wealth of football knowledge. Darian is a great teacher, great father and husband and I am looking forward to him having a positive impact on our players. We are excited to welcome Darian and his family to UWF and Pensacola."
Darian DulinDulin spent the past five seasons as the defensive coordinator and special teams coach at Football Championship Subdivision member Abilene Christian. The Wildcats won 24 games and transitioned from Division II to Division I status and membership in the Southland Conference over that time. His defenses ranked in the top three twice and he mentored 10 all-conference players.
Dulin previously was the head coach at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College where he led the team to a 22-19 record from 2008-11. In his final season, the Red Ravens went 6-5 and advanced to the National Junior College Athletics Association Region VI semifinals. CCC had eight all-region and 17 all-conference honorees during his four seasons.
Dulin spent seven seasons over two stints at Tarleton State from 2000-07.
In 2006, the Tarleton defense ranked second in the LSC in scoring defense, allowing just 18.1 points per game. Tarleton was the number one rushing defense, allowing just 90.5 yards per game. In 2005, the Texans had the No. 2 scoring defense and No. 1 in pass defense efficiency in the league.
In 2004 – his lone season at Butler (Kan.) Community College – his defense finished the regular season ranked first in the Jayhawk Conference in total defense. Butler's defense also led the NJCAA in scoring defense, sacks and passing efficiency defense.
He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Kansas Wesleyan in 1997 and spent two years at Sam Houston State, first as a defensive assistant and then as secondary coach.
He received his bachelor's degrees in mathematics and chemistry from Southwestern College in 1997 and a master's of education from Tarleton State in 2001.
Dulin and his wife Tiffany have three children, Brooke, Declin and Dasan.
ZACK BERKOWITZ | GRADUATE ASSISTANT / EQUIPMENT
Zack Berkowitz joined the UWF football coaching staff in July 2015 as a graduate assistant in charge of equipment and student managers.
Berkowitz joins the program after working as the head student manager at Bryant University under Head Coach Martin Fine. In four years at Bryant, Berkowitz was in charge of practice set up and break down, and equipment maintenance for the Bulldogs. Berkowitz also coordinated travel plans and led the student managerial staff.
While serving as a summer intern with the Bulldogs, Berkowitz facilitated campus tours with perspective student-athletes. He also saw the Bulldogs' transition into a Division 1 program where they were ranked as high as No. 21 in the FCS Coaches Poll during the 2014 season.