December 20, 2009

Dave Christensen

Since both Brandon and I graduated from Eastern Washington University, we love to feature Eastern Alumni when they succeed.

Today we are featuring Dave Christensen. His photo is to the right. And by the way, I love that hat.

Christensen is the head football coach at the University of Wyoming, and a former Eagle.

This season the Cowboys not only made it to a bowl game, but they beat Fresno State 35-28 in double overtime in the New Mexico Bowl.

But it wasn't an easy win for them. The Cowboys trailed by 11 at the start of the 4th. Only to comeback and win.

In just his first season as the head coach, Christensen led Wyoming to their first bowl game since 2004 and their first winning record (7-6) since 2004.

With an awesome freshman quarterback in Austyn Carta-Samuels, a team that now is learning how to win big games and a lot of momentum for recruiting, I can only see good things in the future for the University of Wyoming.

Christensen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Western Washington in 1985. After that he earned a Master of Science degree in college instruction and sports science from Eastern Washington in 1988.

As for his football history, he played for the Washington Huskies from 1980-82. After that he worked for two seasons as a graduate assistant for the offensive line coach under Don James at the University of Washington for 1988 and 89.

He then went to Idaho State University where he coached the offensive line, tight ends and running backs for two seasons 90 and 91.

After ISU he headed to Toledo where he was the offensive line coach from 1992-96. He then was promoted to offensive coordinator from 1997-2000.

He then went to Missiouri where he was the offensive coordinator from 2001-08.

Following the 2008 season he was announced as the head coach for the University of Wyoming.

Hats off to the Wyoming Cowboys and Dave Christensen.

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