Dennis Wagner
Dennis  Wagner

Waverly, Iowa

6th Year

Coaching Career: Sixth-year Fresno State assistant who coaches the offensive line in addition to his responsibilities as the assistant head coach ... has helped Fresno State?s offensive front become one of the most durable and dependable in the league. It has been named one of the top 10 lines in 2002 by The Sporting News ? Wagner's tutelage helped tackle Logan Mankins become a Freshman All-American last year ? Wagner coached first-team All-WAC pick Mike Stovall and second-team honoree Fitu Tu?ua ? his line helped give David Carr the time to post record-shattering numbers and opened holes through which running back Paris Gaines rushed all season ? under his guidance, the Bulldog line was one of the tops in the conference despite sporting only one senior ? last season, he coached Kevin Jordan, who was selected second-team All-WAC despite missing two games with an injury ? was an key factor in Fresno State?s 1999 success, patching together an injured offensive unit that allowed a school-record low 13 quarterback sacks ? coached All-WAC second-team selection Rob Gatrell, who played for the New England Patriots ? in 1998 he coached 1999 All-WAC lineman Ken Foersch ? in 1997, he coached All-WAC tackle Chris Conrad, a third round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers ? came to Fresno State from Wayne (Neb.) State, where he posted a record of 46-35-1 in eight seasons as the Wildcats? head coach ... took over as Wayne State?s head coach in 1989, guiding a Division II program that had lost 30 consecutive games prior to his arrival to a 7-4 record in just his second season ... he was named the Nebraska Coach of the Year by the Omaha World-Herald in 1990, an honor he duplicated in 1993 when he led the Wildcats to a 10-1 mark ... in his last four seasons at Wayne State, the Wildcats finished no lower than third nationally in total offense, including a nation-leading output (581.5 yards per game) in 1993 ... three of his players at Wayne State ? defensive lineman Brad Ottis and wide receivers Byron Chamberlain and Kevin Swayne ? were drafted by NFL teams, and another (wide receiver Damon Thomas) played in the NFL after signing as a free agent ... before taking over at Wayne State, he spent four seasons (1985-88) at St. Cloud State, where he was offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and oversaw the strength and conditioning program ... he was the strength coach, assistant football coach and head track coach at William Penn College in 1983 ... he also served two stints on the staff at UNLV, coaching the tight ends and offensive line in 1981 and ?82 and serving as assistant strength coach for the PCAA and California Bowl champions in 1984 ... he also was a linebacker coach at Ellsworth JC (1980) and offensive line coach at Luther College (1979) ... coached with Pat Hill at UNLV in the early ?80s.

Athletics Career: Played the 1978 and ?79 seasons as an offensive guard at University of Utah, where he was a team captain and captured All-WAC and honorable mention All-America recognition ... transferred to Utah from Ellsworth CC in Iowa Falls, Iowa, where he was a JC All-American and a team captain as a center.

Personal: Born March 9, 1958, in Waverly, Iowa ... he and his wife, Cyndi, have a daughter, Whitney (10), and an adopted son, Joshua (3) ... earned a bachelor?s degree in psychology/physical education from Utah in 1980 and a master?s degree in athletic administration from St. Cloud State in 1987.

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