JULES MONTINAR | CORNERBACK COACH/SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR
Jules Montinar is in his second season as Texas State’s cornerbacks coach after serving two years in a similar capacity at James Madison.
While at James Madison in 2015, Montinar’s cornerbacks broke up 59 passes, intercepted 14 passes and returned six of them for touchdowns. The Duke cornerbacks also forced and recovered eight fumbles. They forced 22 turnovers and scored seven touchdowns overall. Montinar also produced All-Conference First-Team cornerback Taylor Reynolds in 2015 after Reynolds earned Second-Team honors in 2014.
Montinar went to James Madison after he spent two years working with the defense at Alabama, where he helped Alabama finish the 2013 season with an 11-2 record and earn a berth to the 2014 Sugar Bowl.
In his first year, the Crimson Tide won the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after beating Notre Dame, 42-14, in Miami. That 2012 Tide defense posted four shutouts and held six opponents to 10 points or less. Alabama also led the nation in rush defense, total defense and scoring defense.
He went to Alabama after serving as a graduate assistant at Purdue. He also was the defensive back coach and assistant special teams coach at Lake Erie College in 2010 after beginning his coaching career working with linebackers and defensive ends at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky in 2007-09.
He played football at EKU and West Virginia. While at EKU, he won a conference championship as a player (2007) and coach (2008). He also played in two Gator Bowls while playing at West Virginia.
Montinar graduated from Eastern Kentucky in 2009 with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sports management.
ISSAC MOORING | DEFENSIVE LINE COACH
Issac Mooring is in his first season as the defensive line coach at Texas State after serving the previous four seasons in a similar capacity at Gardner-Webb, where he demonstrated the ability to develop several first-time starters into key contributors.
At Gardner-Webb, he coached three-time FCS All-American and All-Big South Conference lineman O.J. Mau, who was a finalist for the 2016 STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year Award and earned All-American honors from STATS and the Associated Press in 2015. He also coached Jebrai Regan, who finished among league leaders in TFL and earned Second-Team All-Big South honors as a senior.
As a defensive unit, Mooring’s trench warriors helped Gardner-Webb finish No. 13 nationally in total defense and in the top-25 in seven key statistical categories – including tackles for loss per game.
Mau earned All-Big South Conference and All-America honors in 2014 and graduate student Tyler Hough-Jenkins had a career-best season at end while earning Capital One Academic All-District III honors. GWU’s defense held its first three opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in 2014, with Mooring’s defensive front leading the charge.
In 2013, Shaquille Riddick was named an FCS All-American from eight different outlets. the FCS Co-Defensive End of the Year by College Football Performance Awards and finished fifth in final voting for the 2013 Buck Buchanan Award before being selected in the fifth round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2015 NFL Draft.
End Preston Pemasa and nose guard OJ Mau also earned First-Team All-Big South Conference honors, with the Gardner-Webb trio taking up three of the four spots on that team. Mau also was named FCS All-American by Phil Steele’s College Football Magazine after putting together a dominant season in the middle of Gardner-Webb’s 3-4 scheme. As a team, Gardner-Webb moved up 96 spots nationally in total defense from the previous season, ranking No. 5 with a Big South Conference record 296.8 yards allowed per game. Gardner-Webb also led the league in sacks (27) and tackles for loss, with the tackles for loss average ranking No. 18 nationally. GWU also ranked No. 16 nationally against the run and was among the nation’s best on third down.
Mooring went to Gardner-Webb after coaching the defensive line at Division II North Greenville in 2012 when the Crusaders won five of their final six games, and collected 23 sacks and 76 tackles for loss throughout the season. Defensive linemen Michael Klein and Stefan Bynoe combined for 11 sacks, 23 tackles for loss and 123 tackles. In addition, Mooring participated in the 2012 NFL/NCAA Coaches Academy in Dallas.
Mooring also coached at Division III North Carolina Wesleyan from 2007-2011, when he coached the defensive front for two seasons before serving as the offensive line coach from 2009-11. There, he was a part of two conference championships in 2007 and 2009 with undefeated 7-0 league records and a pair of NCAA Division III Playoff appearances. The Bishops finished 9-3 overall in 2007, and 8-3 in 2009. He also produced five All-USA South First-Team selections in defensive linemen Quinderra Spellman and LeRon Boykin in 2007 and 2008, and offensive linemen Cameron Deaver, Anthony Moore and Asmun Washington in 2009.
Washington earned all-conference honors for a second straight year and Josh Rogers was tabbed a Second Team selection in 2010. Sam Herring also was named Second Team All-USA South Conference in 2011. In addition, Kevin Burant earned honorable mention honors on the defensive front in 2007.
Boykin earned All-Region and Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2007 and was the Conference Player of the Year and an Honorable Mention All-American in 2009.
Mooring began coaching after playing at North Carolina, where he was a four-year letterman and two-year starter in 2000-03. He played on the defensive front alongside Hall of Fame defensive end Julius Peppers and All-American defensive tackle Ryan Sims in his first two years. During the 2001 season, the Tar Heels had a 16-10 victory in the 2001 Peach Bowl against Auburn after they upset No. 6 Florida State, 41-9, in the school’s first victory against the Seminoles. The win was the first of five wins in a row as North Carolina ended the season winning eight of its last 10 games that year. He became a starter in 2002 and was one of North Carolina’s top defensive linemen as a junior and senior. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in communications.
Mooring helped Tarboro (N.C.) High School reach the Class 2A State Championship game as a senior when he earned All-County, All-Conference and All-Area honors. A two-way lineman, Mooring helped Tarboro rush for 5,300 yards on offense, and collected 147 total tackles on defense.
He and his wife, Quanza, have five children – Sydnei, Trey, C.J., Isaiah and Daniel Jeremiah.
PRESTON MASON | OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS COACH
Preston Mason enters his first season as the safeties coach after spending the 2016 season as a defensive graduate assistant coach, working with the secondary.
Mason joined Texas State’s staff after coaching the cornerbacks for one year as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Gardner-Webb in 2015.
He also was a defensive student assistant at Appalachian State in 2010-13 after serving the previous year as a video assistant with the Mountaineers.
While he was at Appalachian State, the Mountaineers won three Southern Conference championships, made four NCAA Division I FCS Playoff appearances and advanced to the semifinals in 2009.
Mason also was a volunteer at Gardner-Webb in 2013 and coached the secondary at Burns High School in 2014 before returning to Gardner-Web in 2015. Gardner-Webb ranked fifth in total defense in 2013 and he produced four All-Conference defensive backs at Burns.
Mason earned his bachelor’s degree in history and social studies education at Appalachian State in 2014.
VICTOR IROKANSI | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH - DEFENSIVE LINE
Victor Irokansi joins Texas State’s coaching staff as a defensive graduate assistant and will assist with coaching the defensive line. Irokansi came to Texas State after serving last spring as a defensive quality control coach at Eastern Illinois. He worked with the defensive line which tallied 10 sacks and helped the defense win the spring game, 37-20.
Irokansi went to Eastern Illinois after serving as a student assistant coach on Oklahoma State’s coaching staff in 2015 and 2016, when the Cowboys posted back-to-back 10-win seasons and won the 2016 Alamo Bowl over Colorado and played in the 2016 Sugar Bowl. and won the 2016 Alamo Bowl. In his capacity as a student-assistant coach, he helped with the defensive ends and defensive tackles.
He joined the coaching staff after injuries forced him to retire from playing for the Cowboys. He was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and played on three teams that played in bowl games. Oklahoma State won the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl and 2015 Catcus Bowl, and also played in the 2014 Cotton Bowl.
Irokansi earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology at Oklahoma State in 2016.
SHELBY MOBLEY | GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH - LINEBACKERS
Shelby Mobley begins his second season as a defensive graduate assistant and works with the linebackers. Mobley came to Texas State after serving as an offensive quality control coach while working with quarterbacks and wide receivers at McNeese State in 2016 and as a student equipment manager at Texas A&M from 2013-15.
Mobley went to Texas A&M after playing two seasons as a linebacker at Odessa High School before suffering a career-ending injury. He helped to coach linebackers during his senior season and was a team captain as a junior and senior.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in applied exercise physiology at Texas A&M and received his master’s degree in exercise physiology at McNeese State.
Chris Woods--Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach
Chris Woods is in his first season as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Texas State. Woods brings nearly 25 years of experience in coaching to Texas State, including six seasons as a head coach and 13 years as a defensive specialist and coordinator.
Woods came to Texas State after serving three years as a defensive specialist at Oklahoma when the Sooners won three consecutive Big 12 championships, made two appearances in the College Football Playoff and was the 2016 Sugar Bowl champions.
He joined the Sooners’ coaching staff in 2015 after working three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Holmes Community College in Mississippi. While he was there, Holmes had its first winning season and best conference finish since 2000. He also was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Columbia for one year.
Woods was a defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Bryant College for three seasons when Bryant finished 7-4 in 2010 and led the Northeast Conference in scoring defense and ranked second in both passing and total defense in 2009. The Bulldogs also were nationally ranked in rushing defense and sacks in his first year. He went to Bryant after serving as an assistant at Harvard in 2007 as the linebackers and special teams coach.
His head coaching career spanned three seasons at Stonehill College and three seasons at Mansfield, where he was named the AFCA Region II Coach of the Year and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 when he led the Mountaineers to their first winning season since 1975 and their highest win total since 1946 with an 8-3 mark.
He went to Mansfield after spending four years as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Wittenberg, where he helped lead the program to a 40-4 record and two appearances in the NCAA Division III Playoffs. He also was an interim head coach at Plymouth State after serving as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. There, he was part of two teams that went undefeated during the regular season and advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.
A native of Milton, Mass., Woods earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology at Davidson. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Braden and Hannah.
Kyle Hoke--Secondary/Safeties Coach
Kyle Hoke is in his first season as the safeties coach at Texas State after the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator at John Carroll. His defensive unit ranked second in the Ohio Athletic Conference in scoring defense and produced the league’s most outstanding linebacker in Mason McKenrick.
He went to John Carroll after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at South Carolina, where he worked primarily with linebackers and was responsible for the running position and defensive breakdowns.
In 2014, Hoke was the defensive quality control coach at the United States Military Academy, and worked primarily with defensive backs. He also worked with the defensive backs and special teams at Western Michigan when he was a graduate assistant coach in 2012 and 2013.
Hoke began his coaching career after he played safety for four years and earned a bachelor’s degree at Ball State in 2012. He played in all 14 games when the Cardinals won the 2008 MAC championship game, played in the GMAC Bowl and ranked No. 22 in the final Associated Press poll.
He comes from a football coaching family as his father, Jon, is the secondary coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his uncle, Brady, is the defensive line coach with the Carolina Panthers, and former head coach at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State.