The Temple University
Football program today announced the hiring of Chris Wiesehan
(WEEZ-uh-han) as offensive line coach. The University also announced the addition of Brandon Washington
as assistant strength and conditioning coach for football, and Matthew Delgado
as video coordinator.
Wiesehan joins the Owls from the University of Hawaii where he spent the past two seasons. The 20-year veteran coach reunites with Owls head coach Matt Rhule
; the two served on Craig Cirbus' staff at the University of Buffalo in 1999-2000.
"Chris is a very intense coach," said Rhule. "He brings a great football mind to Temple. I've known him a long time and have always paid attention to the teams where he has coached and how tough he is to recruit against. He knows how to develop tough players."
Washington will join head strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Scott
, assistant strength and conditioning coach Shelton Gaffney
and graduate assistant Kevin Kroboth
, working out of Edberg Olson Hall, the football team's practice facility.
"We are very fortunate to get someone of Brandon's caliber," said Rhule. "Brandon has lived SEC football for nearly 15 years as both a player and coach. He's passionate about training top tier athletes and that's what we want here at Temple."
Delgado will oversee the video operations including a staff of several student managers.
"Matt comes to us with experience at the college and pro level," added Rhule. "He's a very creative, energetic guy who has been immersed in football his whole life."
CHRIS WIESEHAN BIO
begins his first year as offensive line coach for the Temple Owls. During his 20-year coaching career, Wiesehan has coached nearly all the offensive positions, including five stops where he tutored offensive linemen.
Wiesehan comes to Philadelphia from the University of Hawaii where he began as an offensive line/run game coordinator. He helped coach freshman center Ben Clarke, who received all-Mountain West honorable mention honors and received the team's Offensive Player of the Year award. After coaching the offensive line in 2012, Wiesehan moved to running backs coach in 2013.
Wiesehan traveled to UH after serving as wide receivers coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. In 2011, he helped Winnipeg to the Grey Cup, while in his first year he coached a group which boasted the second leading receiver in the league in Terrence Edwards, who finished with 1,372 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Wiesehan spent the 2009 season at UCLA as tight ends coach. The Bruins participated in the Eagle Bank Bowl and tight ends Ryan Moya and Logan Paulsen signed with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, respectively.
From 2007-08, Wiesehan was the offensive line coach at Syracuse. During his tenure, the Orange had their first 1,000-yard rusher in five seasons and two of his players were either drafted or signed by NFL teams. In addition, his offensive line cut the number of sacks allowed in half during his second year.
Prior to Syracuse, Wiesehan served as the offensive line coach at James Madison in 2006. In his only season, the Dukes won the Atlantic 10 South Division and led the conference in rushing. JMU also ranked 11th nationally in rushing and qualified for NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
Wiesehan gained NFL experience by working as an offensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005. Prior to that, he coached at Northern Arizona from 2001-04, where he spent two seasons each as wide receivers coach and offensive line coach. At NAU, the line allowed the fewest sacks in the Big Sky while helping produce a 1,000-yard rusher, and six linemen earned all-conference honors. NAU also won the 2003 Big Sky Championship and qualified for the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 2001 and '03.
Wiesehan spent two seasons at Buffalo (1999-2000), coaching the wide receivers and tight ends during his first season and offensive line in his second year.
In 1997 and '98, he was on staff at Notre Dame as the tight ends coach where the Irish participated in the Independence Bowl and the Gator Bowl. He spent the 1996 season coaching the tight ends at Purdue and mentored three-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriot Matt Light.
He began his coaching career at Fort Hays State from 1994-95 as the receivers coach, where he coached two All-Americans and four all-conference players. The school won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and participated in the Division II National Playoffs.
As a player, Wiesehan was a wide receiver and kick returner at Wabash College (1990-93). As a senior, he served as team captain and earned All-America honors while being named his team's Receiver of the Year for the third time.
Wiesehan and his wife, Renee, have one son, Colton.
BRANDON WASINGTON BIO
, who spent two seasons with the University of Alabama football team's strength and conditioning staff, begins his first season with Temple University
Washington joined the Owls directly from Nicholls State University where he was the defensive line coach in 2013.
Prior to his stint at Nicholls State, he was the head strength and conditioning coach at Atlanta Sports Academy where he oversaw the progress of 150 athletes in four sports (football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse). While there he also coached the defensive line. In his three years, he played an instrumental role in the football team's 40-6 record leading the defensive line to 123 sacks in that span. During his time in Atlanta, he also founded 10/90 Athletics and USAFootballclinic.com/Gridiron101, each designed as a youth football development program.
Washington began his coaching career in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, first at Central High and then at Alabama. At Alabama he was reunited with head coach Nick Saban who recruited Washington to Louisiana State in 2001.
At LSU, Washington was a four-year letterman and member of a class that collected a 54-11 record. The Tigers won two SEC Championships (2001, 2003) as well as the 2003 National Championship. While there he was coached and mentored by well-known college and NFL defensive line coaches such as Pete Jenkins (SEC/NFL), Karl Dunbar (NY Jets), Bo Davis (Alabama), Lance Thompson (Alabama) and Travis Jones (Seattle Seahawks).
During his coaching career, Washington has mentored the following NFL draft choices: Terrence Cody (Baltimore), Wallace Gilberry (Cincinnati), Brandon Deaderick (New England), Marcel Dareus (Buffalo), and Courtney Upshaw (Baltimore).
The Tuscaloosa, AL, native graduated with a degree in humanities and social sciences from LSU in 2011.
MATT DELGADO BIO
joined the Temple staff in March of 2014 as the video coordinator. In that capacity, he coordinates all practice and game tape for the coaching staff, breaks down opponent's film, oversees the video library, and creates video highlights for internal and external use.
Delgado joined the Owls after a three year stint with the University of New Hampshire where he was the director of video operations as well as their NFL/Pro liaison. Prior to his time at UNH, he worked in player personal and was responsible for video operations for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.
The Cupertino, CA, native graduated from San Jose State in May of 2010 with a degree in communications. While at SJSU, Delgado got his start in football interning for the San Francisco 49ers where he worked on draft and other film evaluations for their football operations department.
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