Feb. 21, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Two individuals who are very familiar with the Fresno State football program have been added to the coaching staff according to head coach Pat Hill.
Hill announced the hiring of Tim Skipper as running backs coach and Derek Frazier as offensive line coach Tuesday. Skipper replaces John Settle, who left last week for Wisconsin, while Frazier replaces Mark Weber, who resigned last week to accept another coaching position.
"We are very happy to have Tim and Derek back in our program," Hill said. "They are two outstanding young coaches who know what Bulldog football is all about. They are committed to the program and I'm very pleased to have them back on our campus. With their personality, communication skills and attention to detail, I expect they will be excellent recruiters and coaches."
Skipper spent the last two seasons as defensive coordinator at Sacramento State, where he also coached the defensive secondary. Skipper was the Hornet's secondary coach in 2003. Under his direction, the Hornets produced the Big Sky Conference's leading tackler (Jimmy Ellingson), sack producer (Jacob Houston) and interception leader (Ramon Payne). Prior to his tenure at Sacramento State, Skipper was the secondary coach at Western New Mexico University for two seasons, and served as the defensive coordinator for the 2002 season.
A former Bulldog standout, Skipper was a four-year starter at middle linebacker from 1997-2000 despite being one of the smallest players in college football. He was a two-year defensive captain who earned Freshman All-America honors, was a three-time All-WAC performer. He was twice selected to the watch list for the Dick Butkis Award for the nation's top linebacker. Skipper was selected as the team's most inspirational player during his senior season.
"I'm glad to be back," Skipper said. "This is a special place and the place I always wanted to be. I'm looking forward playing Bulldog football again."
Skipper was the Defensive Most Valuable player in the 2000 Silicon Valley Football Classic. He finished his career with 418 career tackles, second-most in school history. As a junior in 1999, he led the Bulldog to a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship and the Las Vegas Bowl. As a freshman in 1997, Hill's first season as head coach, Skipper recorded 117 tackles, 10th-most in Bulldog history.
In addition to being an outstanding football player, Skipper was a four-time WAC scholar-athlete who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Fresno State in 2001. After his senior season, he was a keynote speaker at the Kiwanis Torch of Excellence Dinner.
Skipper's older brother, Kelly, was a record-setting Bulldog running back and served as an assistant coach at Fresno State, UCLA and Washington State, where he's currently the running backs coach. Skipper's father, Jim, is a former NFL offensive coordinator and XFL head coach.
"Tim Skipper is the epitome of a Bulldog football player and is the type of individual we are proud to have produced," said Hill. "He was obviously a very good football player to start for four seasons. As a student, he was excellent. He was a leader on the field and in the locker room. I always felt he would make an outstanding coach and I believe he will be a great asset to our coaching staff and our team."
Frazier returns to Fresno State after one season as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona. Frazier spent two seasons (2003-2004) as a graduate assistant at Fresno State where he worked with the offensive line. While at Fresno State, he helped develop All-American Logan Mankins, and Freshmen All-Americans Ryan Wendell, Kyle Young and Cole Popovich. He was a part of the Bulldog coaching staff whose offense ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in scoring offense and was one of the nation's most efficient in third down conversions and red zone efficiency. Fresno State produced consecutive 1,000-yard rushers (Dwayne Wright and Bryson Sumlin) each year. During his two seasons, the Dogs won consecutive bowl games over UCLA and Virginia.
"It's like coming back home," Frazier said. "I get to work for a great head coach in Pat Hill and be surrounded by a great coaching staff and fantastic players. This is definitely a great opportunity. I'm excited and ready to roll."
Prior to Fresno State, Frazier was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Adams State College for two seasons (2001-02). During the 2000 season, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Nichols College, guiding them to a 7-3 record and first-ever playoff appearance.
Frazier was a stellar center at Northern Colorado, where he lettered for four years. He helped the Bears win their first national championship in 1996. He was selected the team's most inspirational player as a senior.
He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northern Colorado in 1997 and an MBA from Nichols College in 2000. He's a native of Fort Collins, Colo.
"Derek did a great job working on our staff as a graduate assistant coach," Hill said. "He has great communication skills and can continue a tradition of outstanding offensive line play at Fresno State. Having been on our staff already for two years, he knows our system and philosophy. Additionally, I know he is going to be a great recruiter for Fresno State."
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