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Martin Hires Offensive Coach

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LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State football head coach Doug Martin announced Friday the hiring of Gregg Brandon as the Aggies’ new offensive coordinator/quarterback coach.

Brandon comes from the University of Wyoming, where he performed the same duties. Recently, however, he had been reassigned from quarterbacks coach to running backs coach, according to the Casper (Wy.) Star-Tribune.

Brandon brings over 32 years of experience to the Aggie coaching staff, including a 44-30 record as Bowling Green’s head coach from 2003-08. Included in that span were six bowl appearances.

“This is one of the top recruits we got this year,” Martin said in a release. “Gregg brings a wealth of experience that is hard to find at this level, while being one of only two people I trust to hand over the play-calling for this offense.”

Martin didn’t say who the other trusted person would be. But Brandon becomes the Aggies’ sixth offensive coordinator in as many years, dating back to the final season (2008) of the Hal Mumme regime.

“When Doug was up for the (head coaching) job we spoke by phone and we were both excited for him to have the opportunity,” Brandon said.

“I’ve known Doug for over 10 years now from my days at Bowling Green and his days at Kent State. Knowing Doug and the kind of person he is was the No. 1 thing for me when considering New Mexico State. I had no reservations in coming down and working with Doug, his staff and this football team … Doug also told me that the administration is prepared to step up and provide those resources needed to be a competitive football team.”

Brandon gets credit for the development of Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith, the 2011 Mountain West Conference freshman of the year.

In 2012, Wyoming ranked 39th in the nation in passing offense and 70th in total offense, gaining 390 yards per game. Smith finished the season ranked 16th in total offense with 308 yards per game.

“I’m really impressed and excited with coach Martin’s ability to bring such a quality offensive coordinator in Gregg Brandon, who has obviously had success as a former head coach,” athletic director McKinley Boston said.
Martin Hires Offensive CoachBrandon Has 32 Years ExperienceBRANDON: Was Bowling Green head coach

— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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