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 27 years of coaching experience and has been involved in six bowl games, is in his second season as Utah State's special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
During his first season at Utah State, Ungerer coached running back Joey DeMartino and punt returner JoJo 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 the past five years that USU had a 1,000-yard rusher. Following his Aggie career, DeMartino was invited to the Kansas City Chiefs rookie camp.
Natson finished the 2013 season ranking second in the nation with two punt returns for touchdowns, while his 11.3 yards per return average ranked 22nd nationally and second all-time in school history.
Overall, Natson had three rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns and two return touchdowns in 2013 and was the only player in the nation with multiple touchdowns rushing, receiving and returning.
Collectively, Utah State's special teams excelled under Ungerer as it ranked second nationally in punt return defense (1.30 ypr) and fifth nationally in kickoff return defense (17.58 ypr). USU also ranked 37th in net punting (37.9 ypp), 38th in punt returns (10.3 ypr), and 46th in kickoff returns (22.5 ypr) in 2013, while also blocking two punts to rank tied for fifth nationally.
Utah State also played in back-to-back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history and won just its third bowl game ever during the 2013 season.
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-Pacific-10 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-Pac-10 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).
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-Pac-10 honors. In addition, Cal's kickoff return team was third in the nation and first in the Pac-10.
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 and his wife Sylvia have 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