DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
DARIAN DULIN | Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
The University of West Florida hired longtime college coach Darian Dulin as Defensive Coordinator in February of 2017.
In two seasons he has turned the youthful Argonaut defense into one of the top units in the Gulf South Conference and Super Region 2. UWF has held its opponents to fewer than 250 yards of total offense six times in the past two seasons.
UWF's defense was especially strong in the run to the 2017 NCAA Division 2 National Championship game, holding opponents to an average of 258 yards per game in the six games leading up to the title contest.
UWF has forced at least one turnover in 23 of 26 games under Dulin.
Dulin came to UWF with 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 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.
KYLLE SHOEMAKER | SPECIAL TEAMS CORRDINATOR/LINEBACKERS
William "Kylle" Shoemaker joined UWF as an assistant coach in June 2016 and is the special teams coordinator for the Argonauts.
In 2018, UWF had some of the most efficient special teams play in the country. The Argonauts led the nation in net punting, yielding minus-9 total yards on opponent returns. The kickoff return unit was 38th nationally with a 18.3 return average.
In his second season, the Argos allowed just 6.1 yards per return to rank 40th in the country. Sophomore place kicker Austin Williams broke the GSC single-season field goals made record with 27. Antoine Griffin led the league and was seventh nationally with. a 15.8 punt return average.
In the inaugural season in 2016, Marcus Clayton and Anas Hasic each ranked in the top eight of the GSC in kickoff returns with just over 21 yards per return.
Prior to moving to the Panhandle, Shoemaker spent 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 3-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.
In three seasons, the UWF defensive line has been one of the most consistent units on the team. In 2017, Jon Williamson broke the Gulf South Conference single-season sacks record with 14.5 on his way to Second Team All-America honors.
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 and the couple welcomed a daughter, Paizley, in December of 2018..
Riley Swanson | Cornerbacks
Riley Swanson is in his third season with the UWF football program in 2019, serving as the cornerbacks coach last year after working with the running backs in 2017.
The UWF defensive backs collected eight interceptions and broke up 12 passes on the season. Marvin Conley was a First Team All-Gulf South Conference selection, becoming the first defensive back in program history to achieve the feat.
In 2017, his running back corps combined for 1,734 yards and 15 touchdowns. The team's season per game average of 155 yards was up from 99 in the inaugural campaign of 2016.
Swanson was a four-year letterwinner at Wake Forest as a defensive back. He played in 47 games for the Demon Deacons and finished his career with 179 tackles, seven interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
He and his wife, Kaylee, welcomed their first child, Milo, in December of 2018.
Drew Tranum | Graduate Assistant/Equipment
Drew Tranum is in his second season at UWF in 2019 where he serves as the graduate assistant equipment manager.
He oversees equipment operations and assists in recruiting with providing creative design services. Tranum came to UWF after working as an undergraduate at North Greeville for the previous four seasons.
Tranum graduated from North Greenville in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in history. The Lexington, S.C native is pursuing a Master's Degree in History at UWF.