Press release: ENMU narrows football coach search to three

PORTALES, N.M. — After an extensive search, Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the three finalists for the position of Greyhound head football coach. Josh Lynn (NMMI), Jack Welsh (Copperas Cove) and Jeff Woodruff (UTEP) have been named as finalists, with all three bringing plenty of quality accomplishments to the table.

After serving as an assistant at nearby New Mexico Military Academy since the 2005 season, Lynn guided the Broncos to a 9-3 mark in his first season as head coach, in 2011. The season culminated with a trip to the Champs Heart of Texas Bowl. He also coached at Gulf South Conference powerhouse, Delta State, following a stint at ENMU. Lynn has experienced success at all locations, with All-Conference players at all three schools. While at Delta State, he coached Gary Bell, an All-GSC selection. He also guided Cale Sanders and Derek Hunter to All-LSC honors.

Welch should be very familiar with the Lone Star Conference, having served as the athletic director and head football coach for 18 years at Copperas Cove High School, just south of Dallas, Texas. In 2011, he guided the Bulldawgs to a 10-2 record, which included a 48-47 win over Horn High School. Welch’s collegiate coaching experience included stints at Louisiana Tech (Western Athletic Conference), Kansas Wesleyan and West Texas A&M. Welch is responsible for starting the Champs Heart of Texas Bowl game and coached 2011 Heisman finalist, Robert Griffin III, from Baylor University.

Woodruff, the assistant head coach at the University of Texas El Paso brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to the table, including four seasons as the head coach at Eastern Michigan. Woodruff brings plenty of postseason experience to the table, having coached in 14 bowl games, including five trips to the Rose Bowl. Among his numerous coaching stints, he guided teams at University of Arizona, University of Washington, University of Nevada and Kent State. Woodruff was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the UW team, which went 12-0 in 1991, on the way to a national championship.