Koetter Brings Seven Assistant Coaches To Tempe
Dec. 6, 2000
Arizona State head football coach Dirk Koetter announced that he will bring seven of his nine current assistant football coaches with him to Tempe as he takes the helm of the 2001 Sun Devil program.
Brent Guy, who for the past two seasons at Boise State was the defense coordinator and linebackers' coach, will continue in that same capacity at ASU.
This past season, Guy's defense led the Big West Conference in total defense (367.5 yds/game), scoring defense (22.8 pts/game), rushing defense (139.2 yds/game) and turnover margin (0.73). Additionally, the Broncos were first in sacks (31) and allowed opponents to convert only five fourth down attempts in 18 tries, also tops in the conference. In 1999, the defense was ranked 28th nationally, allowing just 20.5 points per game.
Guy also had two stints as linebacker coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma State. From 1995-97, Guy help to lead the Cowboys rush defense to a final ranking of 10th in the country. He also tutored the linebackers at OSU from 1989-91.
From 1992-94, Guy coached the linebackers at Utah State, helping to guide the Aggies to the 1993 Big West title and a victory over Ball State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
A three-year letterwinner at Oklahoma State, Guy earned his degree in 1983.
Guy, and his wife, Shawn, have two children, Madison (9) and Riley (3).
Jeff Grimes will coach the offensive line at ASU after coaching one year at Boise State. Under Grimes the offensive line helped the Broncos to accumulate 175 rushing yards per game.
Prior to Boise State, Grimes coached the offensive line at Hardin-Simmons University from 1998-99. He helped lead Hardin-Simmons to consecutive conference crowns.
A four-year letterman as an offensive tackle at UTEP (1986-91), Grimes played under Dirk Koetter when he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Miners (1986-88).
After playing with the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL and the San Antonio Riders of the World Football League, Grimes begin his offensive line coaching career as a graduate assistant at Rice University (1995) and Texas A&M (1996-98).
Grimes received his bachelor's degree in education from UTEP in 1991 and his master's degree in education administration from Texas A&M in 1997.
He and his wife, Sheri, recently had their first child, Bailey, born in May.
Dan Fidler, a 1981 graduate of Arizona State, has spent the past four seasons at Boise State as the team's defensive back and safeties coach. At Arizona State, Fidler will assume the role of coaching the safeties.
Fidler first joined the Broncos as the outside linebackers coach, but when Koetter took over in 1998, Filder changed his coaching duties to safeties and defensive backs.
In his role as defensive assistant coach, Fidler has helped Boise State improve in every Big West Conference team defensive category in each of his four seasons.
His 2000 squad was second in the Big West in passing efficiency defensive, allowing 118 yards/game. Sophomore defensive back Quintin Mikell leads the Big West in total tackles (118), while senior strong saftey Shaunard Harris leads the conference in sacks with seven.
Prior to Boise State, Fidler was the associate head coach at Villanova University (1987-96) and was an assistant defensive backs and special teams coach under Joe Paterno at Penn State (1985-86).
Fidler began his coaching career here in the Valley as the offensive line coach at Mesa Community College in 1981. Mesa is also where Fidler was a two-year starter at offensive guard, earning All-America honors before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh. After obtaining his degree at Arizona State, he later earned his master's degree from St. Cloud State.
He and his wife, Kim, were married this past July.
Mark Helfrich, who will continue as quarterbacks coach for the Sun Devils, has spent the past four seasons with Koetter, including the past three years at Boise State. He first teamed with Koetter in 1997 at the University of Oregon, where he was an offensive graduate assistant when Koetter was the offensive coordinator of the Ducks. Since 1998, Helfrich has worked with the quarterbacks at Boise State, including Bart Hendricks, the nation's top quarterback in passing efficiency (170.63).
In 2000, Helfrich guided the Broncos to the country's fourth-best passing offense (321.5 yards/game) and tops in the Big West. He has been vital in the development of Hendricks, the 1999 Big West Player of the Year.
Helfrich was a four-year starter at quarterback for Southern Oregon University, earning NAIA honorable mention All-American accolades in 1993. He was also an Academic All-American while at Southern Oregon, earning his degree in biology in 1996.
For the past four seasons, Darryl Jackson coached the Broncos wide receivers and will stay at that position at Arizona State. Jackson joined Koetter's staff in 1997 after then head coach Houston Nutt left for Arkansas. Jackson kept his title when joining Koetter's staff and has paid dividends ever since. The 2000 team featured five players averaging over 16.5 yards/catch, while the team finished with over 3,500 total passing yards.
During the 1999 season, the Broncos finished second the in the conference in passing offense, averaging better than 250 yards per game.
Before coming to Boise State, Jackson was an assistant coach at Indiana State University from 1995-97. A 1992 graduate of the University of San Diego, Jackson was a four-year starter in the defensive backfield. He was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Jackson earned his degree in diversified liberal arts with an emphasis in education and later earned his master's degree, also from San Diego, in education in 1994.
Ted Monachino finishes his first year as Koetter's defensive line coach. Monachino will continue to coach the defensive line at Arizona State. This past season, Monachino's line led the Big West in total defense (367 yards/game), rushing defense (139 yards/game) and most sacks (31). Three of the top five conference leaders in sacks come from Boise State, including defensive ends Jeff Copp and Zach Weber.
Prior to Boise State, Monachino was the outside linebackers coach for Southwest Missouri State (1999) and the defensive line coach at James Madison University (1998).
Monachino is a 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he was a three-year letterwinner in football, receiving Academic All-Big Eight honors in 1989. It was at Missouri where Monachino was first introduced to Koetter, who was serving as an assistant coach during two of Monachino's seasons as a player.
Monachino and his wife, Amy, have a daughter, Mikalee (8) and a son, Samuel born in March.
Tom Nordquist ends his third season as running backs coach for the Broncos. At Arizona State, Nordquist will continue to coach the running backs. The 2000 team gained over 1,900 yards, good for second in the Big West Conference. Nordquist and his running backs averaged nearly 175 yards per game, good for 30th in the country. Under Nordquist's direction, sophomore Brock Forsey gained 914 yards while scoring nine touchdowns.
Before arriving at Boise State, Nordquist spent four year (1993-98) as an assistant coach at UNLV. At UNLV he coached the tackles, tight ends, wide receivers and running backs.
Nordquist played his collegiate football at Oregon State, where he was a two-year starter at center. He transferred to OSU from Arizona Western College, where he was a junior college All-American in 1989. Nordquist is a 1993 graduate of Oregon State with a bachelor's degree in speech communications.
Nordquist and his wife, Melissa are the parents of a son, Jacob, born in April 2000.