QBs work on making passing attack more dangerous; return teams seek playmakers
UNM will lean to a 3-4 front which means a lot of linebackers will need to step up in 2012
Coaching staff instilling sense of pride on special teams.
High school coaches encouraged to get to know UNM staff
Coach not rushing the process of laying a foundation for the program
Coleman Hutzler enters his second season at the University of New Mexico, overseeing special teams and outside linebackers.
UNM showed tremendous improvement in special teams during Hutzler's first season from its 2011 statistics. The Lobos improved by 5.9 yards per punt from 2011 to 2012, by 7.3 yards per punt return defended and by 2.8 yards per kickoff return.
New Mexico had three special teams players earn honorable mention All-Mountain West honors: sophomore kick returner Chase Clayton, who finished fifth in the nation with an average of 30.4 yards per return and who scored on a pair of 98-yard returns; junior punter Ben Skaer, who improved from a 39.7-yard average in 2011 to 43.85 and a No. 16 national ranking in 2012; and junior kicker Justus Adams, who converted all 40 of his extra-point attempts and converted 9 of 13 field-goal attempts in his first year as a starter.
Hutzler's outside linebackers also combined to record 19 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
Hutzler arrived at UNM after spending two years at the University of Florida as a defensive and special teams assistant. The Gators were No. 9 in total defense in the nation in 2011, allowing 299.6 yards per game. He coached under Urban Meyer (2010) and Will Muschamp (2011) in Gainesville. He also worked closely with former Florida offensive coordinator and current Boston College head coach Steve Addazio.
Hutzler spent the three seasons (2007-09) prior to that at Stanford, working for coach Jim Harbaugh. He was a defensive/special teams assistant in 2008 and '09.
He began his coaching career under Harbaugh at the University of San Diego in 2006 as a defensive assistant. The Toreros' nationally ranked defense helped USD win the Division I-AA Mid Major National Championship.
Hutzler graduated from Middlebury (Vt.) College in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He played linebacker for the Panthers from 2002-05 and finished his career with 246 total tackles, which ranked second on Middlebury's all-time career list. Hutzler also accounted for 26 tackles-for-loss, 10 sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He also served as the Panthers team captain.
Born in Reno, Nev., and a native of Las Vegas, Nev., Hutzler attended The Meadows School, where he helped his team win its fifth consecutive AA state championship as a senior in 2002.
Hutzler and his wife Cobey celebrated the birth of their first child, a boy (Micah) on Nov. 4, 2012. Cobey wasa former director of women's volleyball at Stanford. Coleman is the son of Jeff Hutzler and Karin Rogers. His father is the athletic director and football coach at La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, Calif.
The Hutzler File
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Bowl games: 2011 Outback Bowl (2010 season), 2009 Sun Bowl