Football Game Notes - 09/09/13
Ungerer joins the Utah State football program with 26 years of coaching experience.
Utah State Football Spring Scrimmage
Dave Ungerer, who has 28 years of coaching experience and has been involved in seven bowl games, is in his third season as Utah State’s special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
In his first two seasons at Utah State, the Aggies have posted a 19-9 record, including a 13-3 Mountain West mark, and notched bowl wins against No. 24 Northern Illinois (21-14) in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and against UTEP (21-6) in the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
At Utah State, Ungerer has coached one of the best punt returners in the nation in former Aggie wide receiver JoJo Natson, who returned four punts for touchdowns, which is tied for the Mountain West and USU record. This past season, Natson ranked tied for third nationally with two punt returns for touchdowns and 10th in punt returns (11.7 ypr) as he earned first-team all-league honors.
Over the past two years, Utah State’s special teams have been among the best in the country with five blocked kicks, while ranking second nationally in punt return defense (1.30 ypr) and fifth in kickoff return defense (17.58 ypr) in 2013 and 12th nationally in both punt return defense (3.45 ypr) and kickoff return defense (17.55 ypr) in 2014.
During his first season at Utah State, Ungerer coached running back Joey DeMartino and Natson to honorable mention all-Mountain West honors. DeMartino finished the 2013 season rushing for 1,221 yards, to rank 12th all-time in school history, marking the fourth time in five years that USU had a 1,000-yard rusher.
In 2014, Utah State had three players rush for at least 450 yards in freshman LaJuan Hunt (540), senior Joe Hill (507) and Natson (498), marking just the second time in school history that feat has been accomplished. USU also went over 2,000 yards rushing collectively for the sixth-straight year under Ungerer as it finished the season with 2,521 yards on the ground.
Prior to joining Utah State’s staff, Ungerer was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Washington State in 2010 and 2011. During his first season at WSU, he improved the Cougars’ kickoff coverage unit from ranking 120th to first nationally.
Prior to Washington State, Ungerer spent the 2009 season at Elon University. As special teams coordinator, his units ranked among the top 50 in four categories, including fifth in kickoff coverage (17.06 ypr).
From 2007-08, Ungerer served as the special teams coordinator at Oregon State and helped the Beavers to back-to-back bowl appearances in the Emerald and Sun Bowls.
In his first season at OSU, he worked with all-conference placekicker Alexis Serna, who ended his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer and the Pac-10 record-holder with 144 consecutive extra point conversions. Furthermore, the Beaver kickoff coverage team ranked first in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally. In 2008, he coached all-league first-team punt returner Sammie Stroughter and second-team kick returner James Rodgers. As a unit overall, the Beavers ranked first in the conference in kickoff coverage (18.7 ypr) and third in kickoff returns (23.4 ypr).
While at Oregon State, Ungerer coached Johnny Hekker who is the punter for the St. Louis Rams and recruited Ryan Allen, who was a two-time Ray Guy Award winner and All-American at Louisiana Tech, and is currenlty the punter for the New England Patriots.
Prior to Oregon State, Ungerer spent four seasons at Alabama (2003-06) as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach helping the Crimson Tide finish the 2005 season ranked eighth in the final AP Poll with a 10-2 record, which included a Cotton Bowl win. During his tenure at UA, the Crimson Tide blocked 13 kicks and returned five punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns. While at Alabama, he coached all-Southeastern Conference punt returners Javier Arenas and Tyrone Prothro.
Ungerer’s first stint in the Pac-10 came in 2002 when he spent one season as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at California. At Cal, kickoff returner LaShaun Ward ranked third in the nation in average returns, while Mike McGrath and placekicker Mark Jenkins earned all-conference honors. In addition, Cal’s kickoff return team was third in the nation.
Ungerer spent two years at Lehigh (2000-01), where he assisted the program in finishing in the top 10 in the nation both seasons as the Engineers etched a 23-2 record and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA semifinals in 2001 and to the quarterfinals in 2000.
Ungerer also spent five years at Maryland (1992-1996), where he coached 1993 honorable mention All-American punter Scott Milanovich. He began his Maryland career as the strength coach before becoming special teams coordinator and running backs coach, a position he held for three years.
Ungerer was at Holy Cross from 1988-91, where the program won three-straight Patriot League titles and compiled a 39-4-1 record, including a perfect 11-0 ledger in 1991.
Ungerer has also coached at Davidson (1986-87), Northeastern (1985) and served as a graduate assistant at Rutgers (1983-84).
The Edison, N.J., native is a 1980 graduate of Southern Connecticut State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. Ungerer has three sons, Dominic, David and Dante.
DAVE UNGERER FILE Coaching History: 2013- Utah State - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs 2010-11 Washington State - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs 2009 Elon - Special Teams Coordinator 2007-08 Oregon State - Special Teams Coordinator 2003-06 Alabama - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 2002 California - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 2000-01 Lehigh - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs 1994-96 Maryland - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs 1992-93 Maryland - Strength Coach 1988-91 Holy Cross - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs/Strength Coach 1986-87 Davidson - Defensive Line/ Strength Coach 1985 Northeastern - Defensive Line 1983-84 Rutgers - Graduate Assistant/Defensive Backs
Bowl Games: Utah State - New Mexico, 2014; Poinsettia, 2013 Oregon State - Emerald, 2007; Sun, 2008 Alabama - Music City, 2004; Cotton, 2006; Independence, 2006
Conference Championships: Lehigh - Patriot League, 2000; Patriot League, 2001 Holy Cross - Patriot League, 1989; Patriot League, 1990; Patriot League, 1991
Playing Experience: 1977-80 Southern Connecticut State - Running Back/Returner
Education: 1980 Southern Connecticut State - Physical Education, Health (B.S)
Family: Sons - Dominic, David, Dante
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