Co-Defensive Coordinator / DB's Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Donnell Leomiti is entering his 10th season as the CSU-Pueblo’s defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator and first as the co-defensive coordinator.
Leomiti has coached up an incredibly efficient defensive backfield in his first nine 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 nine 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 27 All-RMAC selections. Williams was named freshman of the year by the RMAC and Don Hansen Football Gazette in 2015.
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 seven of the last eight 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). In 2016, the ThunderWolves were 10th nationally in defensive touchdowns (5), 11th in scoring defense (17.4 ppg) and 19th in total defense (305.9 ypg).
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 eighth 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 11 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.
Tight Ends Coach
Luke Munsterteiger begins his third season as an assistant coach with the ThunderWolves. He will again help guide the tight ends in 2017 and has also taken over equipment manager duties.
Tight end Zach Boyd was named all-region and All-RMAC First Team in 2016. He finished the season with 234 yards on 20 receptions and three touchdowns. Also an important part of the run game and pass protection, the tight ends helped the Pack total 195.8 yards rushing per game, despite missing their top running back for more than half the season. The ThunderWolves also finished the regular season No. 14 in NCAA Division II in least tackles for loss allowed (4.36).
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.
Munsterteiger and wife Else were married in the summer of 2017 and reside in Pueblo.
Special Teams Coach
Kyle Mossbrucker begins his third season as an assistant coach with CSU-Pueblo in 2017. He will again help with the special teams unit this season.
Daniel Wise was named all-region and all-conference for his kick return abilities in 2016 after finishing 10th nationally in punt returns (15.8 ypr). As a team, the Pack ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II in punt returns (15.1 ypr) and were third in the RMAC in kick returns (21.2 ypr). The ThunderWolves blocked four kicks to rank third in the league.
In 2015, the ThunderWolves to finish eighth nationally in kickoff returns (24.72 ypr), which included 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-conference 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.
Defensive Line Coach
Herman Smith was hired as the assistant coach for the defensive line in the spring of 2017. He brings 22 years of coaching and playing experience to the ThunderWolves.
Smith totaled 11 seasons playing professional football with five in the National Football League and six in the Canadian Football League. He began his coaching career at the high school level in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada before landing at Victor Valley College.
Smtih served as the defensive line coach and assistant defensive coordinator for VVC from 2013-15. The 2014 team finished the season undefeated and earned the programs's first national ranking (25th), which spilled over into the 2015 season where the team went 9-2 and won a second straight American Mountain Conference championship. Smith tutored a defensive end to 19 sacks in 2015, which was second in the nation. The VVC defense finished the 2014 season ranked No. 1 in California and were No. 2 following the 2015 campaign.
Smith served as the defensive line coach, pro liaison and juco recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2016 before joining the Pack.
Smith's NFL stops included Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Dallas and San Francisco. He played in the CFL with the BC Lions.
He played college at Portland State before joining the pro ranks. He was the 1999 CFL Defensive Player of the Year runner-up before winning the award in 2000.
Assistant Coach / LB
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