Co-Defensive Coordinator / DB's Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Donnell Leomiti is entering his ninth season as CSU-Pueblo’s defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
Leomiti has coached up an incredibly efficient defensive backfield in his first eight seasons with the Pack, but the secondary on the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship team was something special. All four of the starting defensive backs were named All-RMAC, while corners Stephan Dickens and C.J. Roberts and safety Jarrod Lacy went on to earn All-America honors. LaRon Tarkington was the other starting safety and was named All-RMAC Honorable Mention as a sophomore.
The 2014 defense finished the season first in the nation in scoring defense (12.8 points allow per game), passes intercepted (29 interceptions), defensive touchdowns (7) and turnovers gained (43). The Pack ranked 13th in total defense (296.8 yards allowed per game).
In eight seasons with the ThunderWolves, Leomiti has guided six All-Americans (Dickens, Roberts and Lacy in 2014, Roberts in 2012 and Mark Sterling and Dickens in 2011), and 11 All-Region selections (Darius Williams in 2015, Dickens ('14, '13, '11, Lacy ('14, '13), Roberts ('14, '13, '12), Sterling in 2011 and Grant Crunkleton in 2010) and a total of 24 All-RMAC selections. Williams was named freshman of the year by the RMAC and Don Hansen Football Gazette.
A ball-hawk secondary has been a hallmark of the CSU-Pueblo defense under Leomiti, as the Pack defense has been ranked in the top 15 nationally in interceptions in each of the past seven seasons, including three straight top ten finishes from 2009-11. In 2011, Leomiti’s defensive backfield was the best in the nation, ranking first in interceptions and turnover ratio as the CSU-Pueblo defense held opponents to the third-lowest points per game figure in the country. In 2010, CSU-Pueblo ranked third in total picks. In 2013, the Pack finished third nationally in turnovers gained with 35. The 2015 version of the secondary was third in interceptions (24), scoring defense (15.8 ppg) and 11th in turnovers gained (31).
Prior to arriving at CSU-Pueblo, Leomiti had been the defensive technical intern at CU in 2005 and 2006. At CU, his responsibilities included working with the secondary as well as on-campus recruiting.
Leomiti arrived at CU after serving as a high school assistant coach from 1999-2004. He spent 1999 and 2000 at Denver North High School, and then followed that up with a four-year stint as linebackers coach at Boulder High School.
As a CU player, Leomiti was a member of many great teams in the mid-1990s. Starting out as a receiver at CU, he saw action in 11 games, including the Fiesta Bowl, as a true freshman in 1992. He moved to safety the following year, starting at strong safety as a junior and senior. He had 159 career tackles, including 98 as a senior (the third most on the team), along with three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and seven pass deflections. Two of his biggest plays came his junior year (1994): he returned an interception for a touchdown at Missouri and had a key fumble recovery in the fourth quarter at Michigan, a big play in the game now referred to as both “The Miracle in Michigan” and “The Catch.”
Born in Santa Ana, Calif., he graduated from Leone High School in Pavaiai, American Samoa, in 1992 where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was a two-time Ashaa League most valuable player on offense, earning the honor his junior and senior years. He is married to former CSU-Pueblo All-American cross country athlete, Lauren Dunsmoor. The couple has five children: Donnell Jr., Siliaga, Malekai, Kae’ane and Myalyn.
Outside Linebackers Coach
Carl Fetters, longtime high school football coach well-known in the Pikes Peak area, enters his seventh season as outside linebackers coach with the ThunderWolves.
On the Pack staff since 2010, he has regularly coached ThunderWolf outside backers to All-RMAC honors, numbering 10 in all. In 2015, Ben Estica was recognized as all-region.
A former All-American at Adams State, Fetters made his name as a coach helming Cheyenne Mountain High School’s squad from 1969 to 1997. He received his Master’s from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.
Graduate Assistant / Tight Ends
Luke Munsterteiger begins his second season as a graduate assistant coach with the ThunderWolves. He will help guide the tight ends in 2016.
In 2015, Pack tight end Zach Boyd ranked second on the team in reception yards (371) and third in receptions (17). He was also second in receiving scores with five.
Munsterteiger most recently was the assistant football coach at Irondale High School in Mounds View, Minn. where he coached offensive and defensive linemen.
Prior to his stint at Irondale HS, Munsterteiger served as intern at Bethel University. His duties included recruiting, communicating and interaction with recruits while on campus visits.
Munsterteiger helped with numerous summer camps at various institutions.
His playing career included three seasons at Bethel University and one season at Waldorf College, playing offensive line. He helped developed teamwork at practice and led players against starters during practice.
Graduate Assistant / Special Teams
Kyle Mossbrucker begins his second season as graduate assistant with CSU-Pueblo in 2016. He will again help with the special teams unit this season.
In 2015, the ThunderWolves to finish eighth nationally in kickoff returns (24.72 ypr), which inlcuded Kieren Duncan's a rank of 18th in combined kick return yards (804 yards). The Pack blocked four kicks, which included two punts.
Mossbrucker has spent the previous four seasons at University of Indianapolis, working with the defensive backs. He also helped with special teams and out-of-state recruiting.
In his time with the Greyhounds, Coach “Moss” has mentored a number of all-confernece honorees, including John Strickland (2012-13), Koby Orris (2012-13), Andre Smith (2013), Nate Jackson (2011) and Collin Coffer (2011).
After spending his freshman season at Purdue, Mossbrucker spent three seasons as the Hounds’ place kicker. The Mooresville, Ind., native led University of Indianapolis in points scored (62) in 2006 and finished with a career field goal percentage of 70.6, a top mark in program history.
Part of Mooreville High School’s class of 2005, Mossbrucker holds multiple school records at MHS, including most field goals and extra points made, as well as most touchdown passes and completions. In 2004, he won an Indiana Mr. Football Position Award as the state’s top kicker and was named an IFCA All-Star in 2005.
Mossbrucker graduated from UIndy in 2009 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Information Science. He is a member of both the Indiana Football Coaches Association and the American Football Coaches Association.
Mark Criner begins his first season as CSU-Pueblo Co-Defensive Coordinator in 2017 after serving a year as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at University of Rhode Island.
Criner brings a wealth of experience to the coaching staff after serving as a linebackers coach for 14 years and has held the title of defensive coordinator for 13 years. He has also served as assistant head coach during three seasons in his career.
His experience spans NCAA Division I (both FBS and FCS), NCAA Division II and professionally with the XFL. He has coached in three bowl games, which includes a win at the Humanitarian Bowl in 2009 with University of Idaho. While at University of Cincinnati, Criner’s 2002 defense ranked 21st nationally in total defense, while the 2003 squad was 27th.
Prior to his season at URI, Criner was the linebackers coach at Lamar University for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He helped guide the Cardinals to an eight-win season, which was the most in program history since 1974. The linebackers helped the defense rank first in the Southland Conference in fumble recoveries (sixth nationally), second in fewest passing yards allowed and third in total defense, red zone defense, sacks and third down conversions.
Criner’s longest stints came at Idaho from 2007-12 and Portland State University from 1993-99. At Idaho he served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Under his tutelage, the Vandals ranked third in rushing defense in the Western Athletic Conference in 2009, which helped them to a bowl win against Bowling Green. He also helped Idaho move up the ranks nationally in pass efficiency defense, scoring defense and rush defense. At Portland State, Criner helped the team to three straight NCAA Division II Playoff appearances from 1993-95.
He has professional experience coaching the Las Vegas Outlaws (2000) of the XFL and additional collegiate experience at Utah State University (1991-92), University of Cincinnati (2002-03), Middle Tennessee State University (2004-05), University of Minnesota (2006) and Eastern Michigan University (2014).
Criner started his collegiate playing career at Iowa State University (1986) before transferring to Boise State University (1987-1990). He completed his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Boise State in 1990.
His father, Jim Criner, won a Division I-AA national title at Boise State in 1980 and an NFL Europe World Bowl title with the Scottish Claymores in 1996.
Criner and his wife, Angie, have four children, Madison, Calin and twins Jackson and Brooklyn.
Defensive Line Coach
Defensive Line Coach Smith joins the Pack Football coaching staff in 2017 after serving as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Baptist University. He played defensive end at Portland State and continued his career in the National Football League and Canadian Football League.