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Steve Saulnier is in his fourth year at UWF after being hired as one of the first assistant coaches in program history in March 2014. He serves as the assistant head coach and works with the offensive linemen.

Saulnier came to UWF with over 25 years of coaching experience at the college and high school levels. He most recently worked under head coach Pete Shinnick as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at UNC Pembroke. In his seven years at UNCP, the Braves compiled a record of 50-24 and had two NCAA tournament appearances.

The offensive line at UNCP, led by Saulnier, helped guide the Braves to some lofty national statistical rankings. The Braves ranked ninth in Division II in rushing offense in 2009, ninth in fewest sacks allowed in 2010 and sixth in total offense in 2011. In 2013 the team ranked ninth in passing offense, third in tackles allowed for a loss and third in third down conversions. Saulnier also helped mentor four All-American offensive linemen during his time at UNCP.

Saulnier’s coaching career began at the high school level when he was the offensive and defensive line coach for Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C. He then moved on to graduate assistant positions at Kansas, Brown and New Mexico. During his time at New Mexico he worked alongside Dennis Franchione, the current head coach at Texas State who has also led the programs at Alabama, Texas A&M and TCU.

In 1993, Saulnier moved to an assistant position at Malone University, then a member of the NAIA and a school with a brand new program. After six years as an assistant he was promoted to head coach, a position he held for two seasons. During his years at Malone, the team boasted seven NAIA All-America selections.

After his stint at Malone, Saulnier saw time with the coaching staff at Geneva College and West Branch High School in Beloit, Ohio before landing the job at UNCP in 2006. During his year as defensive coordinator at Geneva, the team earned a top 25 NAIA national ranking and won the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Victory Bowl.

Saulnier was an offensive lineman for NC State from 1980 to 1983 under then-head coach and current Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach Monte Kiffin. He helped lead the Wolfpack to 16 wins during his playing career, including a six-win season in 1982 when the team finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Saulnier graduated from N.C. State with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1985 and earned a master’s degree in physical education from New Mexico in 1993. Steve and his wife, Dianna, have two children, Jacob and Hannah.



Jammie Deese was hired as one of the first assistant coaches in UWF football history in March 2014. He serves as the offensive coordinator and also works with the team’s wide receivers.

Deese’s coaching career started under current UWF head coach Pete Shinnick as a graduate assistant at UNC Pembroke in 2007. Deese worked with the running backs and tight ends as a graduate assistant, and he stayed with the team as a part-time running backs coach in 2009. Deese joined the coaching staff full-time in 2010 as a wide receivers coach, and in 2013 he was promoted to offensive coordinator.

UNCP had great success under Deese’s leadership, as the Braves compiled a record of 50-24 with two NCAA tournament appearances in his seven years. UNCP had the ninth best rushing offense in Division II under his watch in 2009. In his first year as an offensive coordinator in 2013, Deese and the Braves’ offense had the ninth best passing offense in the nation. All-American quarterback and Harlon Hill Trophy finalist Luke Charles also ranked in the top 10 in Division II in passing yards, completions and touchdowns in 2013.

Before beginning his coaching career, Deese was a standout wide receiver for Wake Forest from 1996 to 1999. He finished his career with 184 receptions for 2,348 yards (12.8 yards per catch), and he totaled 11 touchdowns. He moved on to the professional ranks in 2000 when he signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins, and the Redskins assigned him to NFL Europe’s Amsterdam Admirals in 2001. Later in his career Deese played for the Carolina Cobras in the Arena Football League, and he also played four seasons in the National Indoor Football League with the Fayetteville Guard from 2006 to 2009.

Deese graduated with his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wake Forest in 2000 and his master’s in sports administration from UNC Pembroke in 2009. Jammie and his wife, Brandi, are the parents of one daughter Hayden.



Matt Mendez is entering his first season at UWF, joining the football coaching staff in the summer of 2017.

He is entering his fifth season after two years at Ave Maria. Mendez served the previous three seasons at Lake Nona High School in Orlando, Fla. At Lake Nona, he held several positions, including receivers coach and assistant strength coach.

Mendez graduated fromthe University of Central Florida with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science.



Doug Allen graduated from University of West Florida in 2002 with a B.S. in Social Work. Allen has professional experience as a free agent running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1988.

He also has coaching experience at the University of Alabama, Mississippi University, Alabama A&M, and Arkansas State University. In 1995-96, Allen worked with the NFL’s Chicago Bears as a coach for the offensive line and running backs.



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