Football Game Notes - 09/09/13
Luke Wells, who helped Iowa State to back-to-back bowl appearances the past two seasons, is in his first season as Utah State's co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
In all, Wells spent four seasons at Iowa State (2009-12) working with the tight ends for the past two years after coaching the wide receivers during his first two seasons in Ames. During the past two years, Wells helped the Cyclones to back-to-back bowl games as it played in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers and the 2012 Auto Zone Liberty Bowl against Tulsa.
During this past season at Iowa State, Wells mentored Cyclone tight end Ernst Brun who earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors as he caught 26 passes for 330 yards (25.4 ypg) with six touchdowns. Brun was also named ISU's Offensive Player of the Game at the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl as he had four receptions for 102 yards, which included a 69-yard touchdown.
As wide receivers coach at Iowa State during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Wells coached wide receivers Darius Darks and Darius Reynolds who finished their careers combining for 208 receptions for 2,396 yards and 16 touchdowns. Darks now stands tied for seventh on the all-time Iowa State career reception list.
Prior to his stint at Iowa State, Wells spent six years at Louisiana-Monroe serving as an offensive graduate assistant in 2003 before being elevated to a full-time assistant coach from 2004-08. During his last two years at ULM, Wells served as the Warhawks' recruiting coordinator, as well as wide receivers coach, and helped bring in the highest-rated recruiting classes in school history.
The Louisiana-Monroe offense posted the highest scoring average in the school's NCAA FBS history in 2008 as Warhawk wide receiver Anthony McCall set a school record for freshman touchdown receptions that season.
Luke Wells took over the wide receivers at ULM in 2007 and mentored all-Sun Belt second-team selection LaGregory Sapp who led the league in yards per reception with 19.6 on 40 catches for 784 yards. In all, Warhawk receivers caught 16 touchdown passes that year.
In 2004 and 2005, Wells worked with the tight ends and all-Sun Belt first-teamer Joey Trappey who was the top receiving tight end in the Sun Belt with 42 receptions for 425 yards.
Prior to ULM, Wells coached wide receivers at Denton High School in Texas, helping his team win the 2002 bi-district championship.
Before that, Wells was a student assistant coach at Oklahoma from 1999-2001. His responsibilities included assisting with quarterbacks and wide receivers, coaching and coordinating scout team defense and special teams, and assisting with recruiting. His work helped the Sooners win the 2000 Big 12 Conference crown and national title. The Sooners also won the 2001 Cotton Bowl and participated in the 1999 Independence Bowl. Wells worked under several outstanding coaches during his time at OU - Bob Stoops, Mike Leach and Mark Mangino.
Wells earned his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma in secondary education in 2001 and did graduate work at ULM. He is married to the former Coby Groves and the couple has one son, Walker (6), and one daughter Kinsley (4). His brother, Matt, is Utah State's head football coach.
Luke Wells File Coaching History: 2013- Utah State - Co-Offensive Coordinator/TE's/Recruiting Coordinator 2009-12 Iowa State - Tight Ends/Wide Receivers 2004-08 Louisiana Monroe - Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator 2003 Louisiana Monroe - Offensive Graduate Assistant 2002 Denton HS (Denton, Texas) - Wide Receivers 1999-2001 Oklahoma - Offensive Student Assistant