Wide Receivers Coach
After serving as defensive quality control for three seasons, Mark Haering enters his third season coaching wide receivers for the ThunderWolves.
Two Pack wide receivers have earned NFL opportunities in the two years under Haering. In 2016, Larry Clark earned a tryout with the Arizona Cardinals and earned an undrafted free agent contract with the team and attended the organization's training camp.
In 2015, Kieren Duncan went on to earn All-American honors and signed an undrafted free agent contract with the NFL's Chicago Bears. Following being released during training camp, Duncan was signed to the practice squad of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
Coached at Marin Catholic H.S., located in Kentfield, Calif., as a football assistant for two years (1992-93) before taking the reins of the football program for four years (1994-97). He was a three-time Marin County Athletic League Coach of the Year (1994, 96, 97). Haering also was the assistant track coach for six years (1993-98) and basketball assistant for a season (1992-93).
Haering moved back home to Pueblo in 1998 to become the head football coach for his alma mater, Pueblo South H.S. During his 12 seasons (1998-2009) at the helm, Haering was named Foothills League Coach of the Year (2000, 05, 07), All-State Football Coach (2001) and NFHS Coaches Association Football Coach of the Year for Colorado (2007). The Colts compiled a 109-29 (.790) record and made 10 state playoff appearances, which included runs to the Class 4A state semifinals in 2003 and 2004. South posted nine consecutive Foothills League titles from 2000-08 and four consecutive 10-0 regular seasons from 2005-08, a feat unmatched in Pueblo history.
Haering served as a graduate assistant coach at Wisconsin for the 2010 and 2011 seasons before joining the Pack.
He attended to Boston University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1992. Hearing earned a full four-year (1988-91) scholarship to quarterback the football team which played at Division I-AA. He obtained a MA in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., in 2004.
Haering graduated from Pueblo South H.S. in 1988, where he won seven letters while playing football (quarterback/wide receiver), basketball (forward/center) and track (pole vault) for the Colts.
Resides in Pueblo with his wife, Georgiann, and twin daughters.
Mike McCarty brings 18 years of offensive coordinator experience to CSU-Pueblo and will serve in the same position for the ThunderWolves in 2018. He came to the Pack in January 2018 and touts nearly 30 years of coaching background.
McCarty has extensive recruiting experience, with an emphasis on the west coast and gulf states. He has coached in two bowl games (New Orleans Bowl in 2005 and Independence Bowl in 1988) and appeared in the FCS playoffs in 1995 and 1998. Other highlights include a Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2005 with Arkansas State University and serving as offensive coordinator at Hofstra University when it had the No. 3 ranked offense in I-AA.
Most recently, McCarty was at University of Central Arkansas (2014-16). From 2011-13 he served as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Holmes College where he coached quarterbacks and developed, scripted and implemented the offensive game plan.
He was the quarterbacks coach at Bryant University from 2009-2011 after a stint as the wide receivers coach at Arkansas State from 2004-07. While at ASU, the Red Wolves won the Sun Belt Conference championship and participated in the New Orleans Bowl.
During his time as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Stony Brook University (2001-03), the Seawolves offense ranked No. 1 in the conference with both the rushing and passing game sitting No. 2 in the league.
McCarty spent 1999-2001 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Nicholls State University and was responsible for all areas of the offensive game plan and also served as the academic coordinator.
As a member of the Troy University coaching staff from 1997-99, McCarty coached the wide receivers and participated in the FCS Playoffs in 1998.
He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Illinois State University (1996-97) and at Hofstra (1994-96). While at Hofstra, he appeared in the FCS Playoffs in 1995 and had the No. 3 offense in the nation with the rushing game ranking No. 5 and the pass game at No. 8 nationally.
McCarty was the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Southeast Missouri State after earning his first offensive coordinator job at Oregon Tech University from 1991-92.
McCarty was a graduate assistant coach where he was a student-athlete, the University of Oregon, from 1988-90 when the Ducks participated in the Independence Bowl (1990).
He graduated from Portland State in 1988 with a bachelors of science degree in history after playing at Oregon.
McCarty comes from a pedigree of coaching, as his father, Don McCarty, was a highly successful and nationally recognized high school coach in the state of Oregon for nearly 40 years. Don McCarty is a member of the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
McCarty and wife, Kim, were high school sweethearts and have been married for 30 years. The couple has two grown children, daughter Macy (26), and son Beau (23).
Assistant Coach / Running Backs Coach
Pete Brown begins his first season as the running backs coach at CSU-Pueblo in 2017.
Brown spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the offensive quality control coach and offensive line assistant at University of Louisville. He was a member of an offensive staff that led Louisville to national top 15 rankings in yards per game (2nd), offensive efficiency (3rd), quarterback rating (3rd), total offense (4th), 1st down efficiency (9th), yards rushing (12th) and yards passing (14th). The group also mentored the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Cardinals went to the Music City Bowl in 2015 and the Citrus Bowl in 2016.
Prior to Louisville, Brown spent two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant at Iowa State University. He worked with the wide receivers for a spring and assisted the offensive line for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Cyclones ranked in the top four in the Big 12 in ball security in back-to-back seasons.
Brown worked as an offensive graduate assistant (quality control) with the University of Nevada for the 2012 season where the Wolfpack finished in the top 10 in two offensive categories, total offense (4th) and rushing offense (6th).
He spent two seasons with the University of Lindenwood. As an undergrad student he served as director of football operations and running backs assistant coach for a year. He was a defensive graduate assistant where he coached linebackers and was the defensive video coordinator.
Brown received his bachelors degree from Lindenwood in 2011. His brother, Dave, is the pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at CSU-Pueblo.
Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator
Chris Symington returns to the coaching staff in 2018 for his sixth season as CSU-Pueblo’s offensive line coach and run game coordinator. He previously spent two seasons as the offense line coach at Truman State University.
Since his start before the 2016 season at Truman State, Symington’s offensive line created more rushing yards per game and a higher fourth-down conversion percentage. The Bulldogs ranked second in the conference in both categories last season. In his two years at TSU, the Bulldogs’ scoring improved by nearly 10 points per game. Truman State won the conference championship in 2016, the team's first since 1988.
Prior to his departure before the 2014 season, Symington saw his unit produce five All-Americans, eight all-region selections and one Gene Upshaw Award finalist in just five seasons. Most notably, Symington guided Ryan Jensen, a two-time All-American that was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. After four seasons with the Ravens, Jensen emerged in 2017 as the team's starting center for the entire season. In 2018 he inked a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that made him the highest paid center in NFL history.
Under Symington’s direction, CSU-Pueblo’s offensive line established itself as one of the top units in the country. In 2013 the Pack ranked sixth nationally in total offense (509.3 ypg) and ninth nationally in scoring offense (42.7 ppg). Drew Swartz was named All-American and Swartz and Zach Martinez gathered all-region recognition. In 2012, the CSU-Pueblo offensive line boasted two All-Americans (Ryan Jensen and Jonathan Jones), three all-region selections (Jensen, Jones, and Bryce Givens) and opened up lanes for a stable of backs that saw four different runners have at least one 100-yard rushing game throughout the season. As a result, Jensen, a Symington protege, received an invite to the Texas vs. the Nation Bowl, one of the top Division I senior bowls in the nation.
In 2011, two ThunderWolf offensive linemen (Ryan Jensen and J.T. Haddan) were named All-American while a third (Jonathan Jones) earned All-Super Region honors during the ThunderWolves’ 11-0 RMAC Championship season.
Upon his arrival to the program in 2009, he directed the nation’s most improved running game, turning a unit that ranked in the bottom 10 nationally in rushing yards in 2008 into the nation’s 14th-best running attack in 2009. Amazingly, the Pack running game accomplished this with two sophomores in the backfield and all true or redshirt freshmen on the offensive line.
His unit followed it up with a repeat performance in 2010, ranked 16th in the nation and helping elevate Jesse Lewis as a Harlon Hill Award finalist. In 2011, the ThunderWolves’ line enabled Lewis to get a repeat Harlon Hill Award finalist honor as well as an RMAC Freshman of the Year nod for tailback J.B. Mathews.
Symington brought 25 years of experience as a player and coach to the ThunderWolves, much of it at the Division-I level. He had served as the offensive line coach at Eastern Michigan from 2003-2008, helping the Eagles’ offense to record the most total yards in school history in 2008 and put up some of the most prolific rushing yardage numbers in the history of the program.
Prior to his time at Eastern Michigan, Symington had held offensive line coaching posts at numerous universities, including Tennessee State (2000-03), Western Kentucky (1996-99), and Vanderbilt (1990-94). From 1995-96, Symington was the offensive coordinator at the Division-II level with Northwood (Mich.) University.
An offensive lineman at the University of Colorado from 1984-88, Symington was named the Freedom Bowl Most Valuable Player in 1985, was the team’s offensive player of the year in 1987, and was an all-Big 8 honorable mention selection. Prior to obtaining his first coaching position as a graduate assistant at CU (1990 National Champions), alongside current CSU-Pueblo head coach Wristen, Symington signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1988.
Symington and his wife, Marti, have six children: Adam, Jessica, Blair, Jackson, Mary Grace and Stuart, as well as eight grandchildren.