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JAMMIE DEESE  |  OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR / WIDE RECEIVERS

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.

In 2018, UWF posted 361.9 yards of total offense with 229.6 passing. Senior Ishmel Morrow was named Second Team All-GSC after leading the team in receiving yards with 575 and four touchdowns.

During the team's history-making run to the Division II National Championship game in 2017, Deese's offense averaged 343 yards, including 228.1 per game through the air.. Mike Beaudry earned GSC Offensive Freshman of the Year following his 3,215 yards passing and 29 touchdowns. Junior Antoine Griffin earned second team All-GSC honors after picking up 14.3 yards per catch and 898 yards receiving.

In the inaugural season in 2016, the Argonauts averaged more than 400 yards per game and 309 yards passing. Quarterback Kaleb Nobles averaged a school-record 12.8 yards per completion while throwing for 3,050 yards and 28 touchdowns. Morrow led the GSC in receiving with 1,045 yards, 72 receptions and eight touchdowns on his way to earning the program's first-ever All-America and All-Super Region 2 awards. Anas Hasic also had eight scores and was an all-region pick on his way to being signed to a free agent contract by the Kansas City Chiefs in the summer of 2017.

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.

 

STEVE SAULNIER  |  ASSISTANT HEAD COACH / OFFENSIVE LINE

Steve Saulnier is in his fifth 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.

In UWF's three seasons of outside competition, the O-line has mirrored the growth of the program. The rushing attack went from 99.2 yards per game in 2016 to 115.6 ypg in 2017 to a record 132.3 ypg in 2018. Samuel Antoine earned Third Team All-Super Region 2 honors by Don Hansen's Football Gazette in 2017 and was a Second Team All-GSC selection in 2017 and 2018.

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.

 

Tyrell Everett | Graduate Assistant/RB

Tyrell Everett joined the UWF coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach prior to the 2018 season.

In his first season, he worked with the UWF running backs. The group combined to average a school-record 132.3 yards per game on the ground. Junior Chris Schwarz rushed for 819 yards on 139 carries and a 74.5 yards per game average. Schwarz became the first all-conference running back in program history when he was voted onto the second team by the league's coaches.

He came to Pensacola following a year as the running backs coach at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas.

Everett graduated with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Physical Education/Health from Baker University in 2016.

 

MATT MENDEZ  |  GRADUATE ASSISTANT / TIGHT ENDS

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

He has served as the tight ends coach for the Argonauts the past two seasons. In 2017, Austin Blake-Smith established school receiving records by a tight end when he caught 23 passes for 193 yards and four touchdowns.

He came to the Gulf Coast after two years at Ave Maria University. 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 from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science.

 

DOUG ALLEN  |  VOLUNTEER OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT

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.

 

 

Shane Halpin  |  Graduate Assistant Coach/Offensive Line

Shane Halpin is in his third season working with the UWF football program, assisting assistant head coach Steve Saulnier with the development and coaching of the offensive line.

In UWF's three seasons of outside competition, the O-line has mirrored the growth of the program. The rushing attack went from 99.2 yards per game in 2016 to 115.6 ypg in 2017 to a record 132.3 ypg in 2018. Samuel Antoine earned Third Team All-Super Region 2 honors by Don Hansen's Football Gazette in 2017 and was a Second Team All-GSC selection in 2017 and 2018.

 

Kaleb Nobles  |  Director of Football Operations/Quarterbacks

Kaleb Nobles, the first quarterback in program history, is entering his third season as the quarterbacks coach for the Argonauts and his second as the Director of Football Operations.

In 2018, Nobles mentored signal callers Mike Beaudry, Sam Vaughn and Nick Belz as the group averaged 229 yards passing and 23 touchdowns.

Nobles worked daily with Beaudry, Belz, Kalu Onumah and Grey Jackson during the historic 2017 season. Beaudry eclipsed many of Nobles' 2016 marks, finishing with 3,215 yards through the air and 29 touchdowns while being named the Gulf South Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year.
 
Nobles transferred to UWF in the summer of 2016 and helped provide immediate leadership and focus to the upstart program. He led UWF to a 5-6 overall record and threw for 3,058 yards with 28 touchdowns. He also established school records with a 56 percent completion rate and 277.3 passing yards per game.

He had six games passing for at least 300 yards, including a 503-yard, 6-TD performance in the win over Missouri S&T in the inaugural home game on Sept. 10, 2016. That passing mark ranks ninth all-time in GSC single-game history.
 
He started his playing career at Valdosta State, appearing in 23 games with six starts as a freshman and sophomore in 2013-14. He threw for 2,009 yards and 19 touchdowns.

In 2014, his best performance came against UNC Pembroke when he completed 24-of-38 for 308 yards and four touchdown passes. Three weeks later he came off the bench at undefeated and No. 3-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne in an NCAA Second Round game to lead the Blazers to a 23-21 victory, throwing for 125 yards on 18-of-27 passing and four touchdowns in three quarters of play.

As a true freshman in 2013, he only played in the second half of a 35-30 win at rival West Georgia after trailing 17-0 at the break. He threw for 238 yards on 19-of-21 with four touchdowns.