University of Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches. Christensen announced that former Wyoming assistant coach and former Bowling Green head coach Gregg Brandon has been hired as Wyoming’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Christensen also announced that Danilo Robinson (pronounced duh-NEEL-o) has been hired as Wyoming’s new defensive line coach. Brandon replaces Marcus Arroyo, who has reportedly taken a position at the University of California. Robinson replaces Jerry Montgomery, who recently accepted an assistant coaching position with the University of Michigan, coaching the Wolverines’ defensive line.
“I’ve known Gregg Brandon for a long time,” said Christensen. “When we decided to implement the spread offense at Missouri, the person I contacted to teach our staff the spread was Gregg. He is one of the foremost experts on this offense in the country. He served as Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Bowling Green prior to becoming the head coach there for six seasons. Gregg, of course, also has ties to Wyoming. He coached here for four seasons with Coach (Paul) Roach, during one of the most successful periods in Wyoming Football history.
“Danilo Robinson has 11 years experience coaching at the Division I level. He played his college football at Utah State, and has coached at Navy, Utah State and Louisiana-Monroe. Danilo brings a wide-range of experience both as an outstanding position coach and as a recruiter.
“I think it is a great credit to our program, that a Big Ten program, in Michigan, and a Pac-10 program, in Cal, would hire members of our staff. We thank Jerry (Montgomery) and Marcus (Arroyo) for their contributions these past two years. At the same time, it is very exciting to add the level of experience to our program that both Gregg and Danilo bring to Wyoming Football.”
Brandon was the head coach at Bowling Green from 2003-2008. During that six-year span, Brandon led the Falcons to three bowl appearances and four winning seasons, including an 11-3 season in 2003, a 9-3 mark in 2004 and an 8-5 campaign in 2007. In four of his six seasons as head coach, his teams averaged over 400 yards of total offense. Bowling Green defeated Northwestern in the 2003 Motor City Bowl, defeated Memphis in the 2004 GMAC Bowl and played Tulsa in the 2007 GMAC Bowl. The Falcons also earned a berth in the 2003 Mid-American Conference Championship game. His teams at Bowling Green recorded impressive non-conference wins: at Purdue (27-26 in 2003); at Minnesota (32-31 in 2007) and at Pittsburgh (27-17 in 2008). Bowling Green had 33 All-MAC selections and one MAC Player of the Year (Omar Jacobs in 2004) during Brandon’s time at BGSU.
“I’m really excited to be back at the University of Wyoming,” said Brandon. “I have great memories from here. As all Poke fans know, from ‘87-’90 we had a great run with back-to-back WAC Championships in ‘87 and ‘88 and a 16-0 run in conference. Those were great teams and working for Paul Roach was a tremendous experience. I learned so much football from him.
“I think this is a new era for Wyoming Football with Dave (Christensen). Dave and I have a history from when he was at Missouri and I was at Bowling Green. During those years, we had the opportunity to share ideas and share our offensive philosophies. To now be able to coach with him at a place like Wyoming that has great tradition and is a place where we can get great players and compete for a Mountain West Championship is about everything a coach can ask for. And at the same time to live in a great football community and state like Laramie and Wyoming, I couldn’t be happier.”
Brandon’s 2004 Falcon team set school and Mid-American Conference records for total offense (averaging 506.3 yards per game to rank No. 2 in the country) and scoring offense (averaging 44.3 points per game to rank No. 4 in the NCAA). That 2004 squad also averaged 338.3 passing yards per game to rank No. 3 in the nation. His sophomore quarterback, Jacobs, earned All-America honors, led the nation in touchdown passes with 41 and set an NCAA record for touchdown to interception ratio, throwing only four interceptions compared to his 41 TD passes during the 2004 season.
From 1987-90, Brandon was the wide receivers’ coach at Wyoming under head coach Paul Roach. During that four-year span, Wyoming won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference Championships in 1987 and ‘88 and went undefeated in conference play both years. The Cowboys appeared in the 1987 and 1988 Holiday Bowls. In 1990, UW earned an appearance in the Copper Bowl. Wyoming’s combined record during Brandon’s time as an assistant was 35-15-0 for a winning percentage of .700, and included records of 10-3 in 1987, 11-2 in 1988 and 9-4 in 1990.
After coaching at UW, Brandon was an assistant coach at Utah State (1991), Northwestern (1992-98), Colorado (1999-2000) and Bowling Green (2001-02), before serving as the head coach at Bowling Green (2003-08). In 2009, he was the offensive coordinator at Virginia, and in 2010 he joined the coaching staff of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League (UFL).
During his college career, he has helped lead nine teams to bowl appearances, including an appearance in the Rose Bowl at the conclusion of the 1995 season while coaching at Northwestern. Northwestern won the Big Ten title outright in 1995, and tied for the conference championship in 1996.
A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., he played his first year of college football at Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo., before transferring to Northern Colorado where he played his final three seasons as a defensive back and wide receiver. He graduated from UNC in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He and his wife, Robyn, have two sons, Nick and Tim.
Robinson brings to Wyoming 11 years of college coaching experience. He began his college football career as an outstanding defensive end at Utah State, where he played from 1993-96. He helped lead the Aggies to two Big West Conference Championships in 1993 and 1996. He was twice elected a team captain, and earned Second Team All-Big West honors in 1995 and ‘96. He also was part of USU’s 1993 Las Vegas Bowl Championship team.
After completion of his college playing career, he became a strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater in 1997. In 1998, he became an assistant football coach at Navy. Robinson coached at Navy from 1998-2001 under another former Wyoming assistant coach Charlie Weatherbie, who was head coach of the Midshipmen. He rejoined Weatherbie at Louisiana-Monroe for the 2003 and ‘04 seasons. From 2004-08, he returned to Logan, Utah, to serve as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Utah State. Robinson’s most recent college coaching position was as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Southwest Minnesota State for the 2010 season.
“This is a great opportunity to coach at an outstanding University and work for a great coach in Coach Christensen,” said Robinson. “Wyoming has had a lot of success through the years. I remember the great teams here in the mid-90s when I was playing at Utah State. I also see this as a great place for my wife and I to raise our children. I can’t wait to become a part of this great program and state.”
Robinson completed his bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah State in 1997. He and his wife, Shelley, have one son, Dylan, and one daughter, Sydney. Shelley was an outstanding sprinter on the track and field team at Utah State. Robinson is a native of Panama.