Four promotions and one new coach encapsulate the staff changes to UTEP football, per head coach Dana Dimel today.

Zach Tenuta, who coached two seasons at Norfolk State, has been named UTEP's defensive quality control coach. Matt Wallerstedt will take over the defensive line following Mike Tuiasosopo's departure to Kansas State. Other promotions include Matt Rahl (offensive quality control), Barrick Nealy (recruiting coordinator/senior player personnel director) and Jacob Martinez (director of player personnel).

Tenuta joins this coaching staff having previously coached outside linebackers (2018) and defensive line (2017) at Norfolk State. Wallerstedt was previously UTEP's defensive quality control coach last season.

Here's what Dimel said about each coach in a release earlier today:

“I’m looking forward to the addition of Zach Tenuta to the coaching staff,” said Dimel in a release. “I’ve known his family for a long time and like the energy that he will bring to the team.”

“I’ve worked with Matt (Wallerstedt) previously and brought him in with the intent to eventually be able to promote him,” said Dimel. “He brings experience and is a really good coach.”


“(Matt) Rahl wanted to work on the field and this position brings him closer to that goal,” said Dimel.


“(Barrick) Nealy has worked hard as the director of player development and this experience will allow him to grow,” said Dimel. “I look forward to seeing what he does in his new role.”


“Jacob (Martinez) is a UTEP graduate and has been with the program for a few years,” said Dimel. “He is a very organized and detailed individual. I believe he will excel as the director of player personnel.”

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