Wide receiver, defensive back groups both young but talented
Apollo Wright, formerly of FIU, hired to coach RBs
- Was integral to the development of the pistol offense under head coach Chris Ault at Nevada.
- Five straight seasons of producing all-conference wide receivers (first- or second-team).
- Nevada pupil Brandon Wimberly earned first-team All-Mountain West honors in 2012.
- Placed three wide receivers in the NFL since 2009, two of which are still on NFL rosters.
Scott Baumgartner begins his first season as wide receivers coach at the University of New Mexico. He comes to the Lobos from the University of Nevada.
Baumgartner spent nine years with the Wolfpack, seven as the wide receivers coach. In 2012, Baumgartner coached All-Mountain West selection Brandon Wimberly, who had 63 receptions for 788 yards and five touchdowns.
While Baumgartner coached at Nevada, the Wolfpack had seven finishes in the top 15 nationally in total offense. Nevada has ranked in the top 10 in total offense in each of the past five years, including No. 2 in 2009. The Wolfpack were No. 8 in 2012.
Baumgartner helped develop Rishard Matthews into a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection and an NFL draft pick (2012, Miami Dolphins) from 2010-11. Matthews tallied 1,364 yards as a senior in '11, giving Baumgartner yet another 1,000-yard receiver. Baumgartner also saw another pupil head to the NFL as Tray Session signed (2012) with the Oakland Raiders.
With Matthews earning All-WAC honors in 2010 and 2011, it marked the fourth straight season that one of Baumgartner's pupils earned all-league accolades as Wimberly was a second-team All-WAC pick in 2009. In 2008, Baumgartner mentored a 1,000-yard receiver for the second straight season as Marko Mitchell had 61 catches for 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns. Mitchell, a 2009 draftee of the Washington Redskins, is now with the Detroit Lions. He was selected first-team All-WAC in 2008. That same year, Baumgartner had three receivers with at least 40 receptions and 500 yards in Mitchell, Mike McCoy and Chris Wellington.
In 2007, Baumgartner developed Mitchell into a 1,000-yard receiver, and the Wolfpack wideouts caught 17 touchdown passes. Three different players (Mitchell, McCoy and Kyle Sammons) each had at least 30 catches, 600 yards and four touchdowns.
In the previous seasons, Baumgartner helped wide receiver Caleb Spencer earn All-WAC honors and finish among Nevada's career leaders in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
In 2004, his first year in Reno, Baumgartner worked the quarterbacks - including Jeff Rowe, who would go on to the NFL. Baumgartner has also been an integral part of the Wolfpack's special teams over the years. In 2005, punter Justin Bergendahl earned first-team All-WAC honors after ranking in the national top 50 in punting.
Prior to arriving in Reno, Baumgartner, who has more than 20 years of college coaching experience, spent eight years coaching receivers, quarterbacks and special teams at Central Missouri State.
A noted West Coast recruiter, Baumgartner hails from California and has many ties to high school and junior college coaches throughout the Golden State from his time as an assistant coach at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., and as a player at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. He coached four years at West Valley College (1992-95), and spent four seasons at his alma mater, Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. (1988-91).
The Baumgartner File
Born: June 19, 1965
Hometown: La Mirada, Calif.
Family: Wife, Lori; stepdaughter, McKenzie; stepson, Tyler
Education: B.S.,Bachelor's, Physical Education and Health - Pacific (Ore.), 1989;Master's, Athletic Administration - Central Missouri State, 2003
Playing Experience: Cerritos College -- two-year starter at wide receiver (1985-86);Pacific (Ore.) -- two-time all-conference as a wide receiver (1987-88)
2013 - New Mexico (Wide Receivers)
2005-12: Nevada (Wide Receivers)
2004: Nevada (Quarterbacks)
1996-2003: Central Missouri State (Assistant Coach)
1992-95:West Valley College (Assistant Coach)
1988-1991: Pacific (Ore.) (Assistant Coach)
Bowl games: 2012 New Mexico Bowl, 2011 Hawai'i Bowl, 2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, 2009 Hawai'i Bowl, 2008 Humanitarian Bowl, 2007 New Mexico Bowl, 2006 MPC Computers Bowl, 2005 Hawai'i Bowl,