Toby Neinas (NYE-nus) begins his third season at the University of New Mexico and 17th year as a collegiate coach. Neinas is in charge of the Lobo linebackers.
During his first season at UNM, Neinas coached two all-MWC selections in P Adam Miller and LB Carmen Messina. Messina led the nation in tackles with 162 stops as a sophomore in 2009. He was first team all-league again in 2010, pacing the MWC with 115 stops.
Neinas came to UNM after three seasons (2006-08) at Mountain West Conference member San Diego State.
Neinas was the Aztecs' special teams coordinator all three seasons. He also coached outside linebackers in 2008 and tight ends in 2006-07.
In 2007, San Diego State tight ends combined for 38 catches for 310 yards and two scores, a year after the position produced just 10 catches for 107 yards. Neinas mentored Tyler Schmitt, who was the only long snapper taken in the 2008 NFL Draft. Schmitt was a sixth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks.
San Diego State punter Michael Hughes earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2007 and ranked 13th nationally with a 43.9-yards punting average.
Prior to San Diego State, Neinas worked four seasons (2002-05) at Temple where he coached both the inside linebackers and defensive line. Led by DT Dan Klecko - the 2002 Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year - the Owls ranked 15th nationally in run defense.
Neinas spent seven years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1996-2002), tutoring the Blazers' tight ends, running backs, safeties, defensive ends and outside linebackers.
In 2001, UAB led the nation in rushing defense (57.3 ypg) and was fifth in total defense (265.9 ypg).
Neinas coached four Blazers that were selected in the NFL Draft, including two in 2002: DE Bryan Thomas, a 1st-round pick of the New York Jets, and DT Eddie Freeman, who went to the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round.
Neinas was a graduate assistant under Mack Brown at North Carolina in 1995, when the Tar Heels won the CarQuest Bowl and finished with a 7-5 record.
Neinas started his coaching career at Missouri - his alma mater - serving as a student assistant under head coach Bob Stull in 1993-94.
Neinas' father, Chuck, has spent more than 50 years in college athletics adminstration, including Commissioner of the Big Eight Conference from 1971-80 and as executive director of the College Football Association from 1980-97.
Neinas is married to the former Cassie Johnson. The couple welcomed their first child, Charles Stanton, in April of 2010.