Associate Head Coach
Chris Mineo joins the UTPB Staff from Tarleton State where he spent seven seasons coaching the Defensive Line and spent four years as recruiting coordinator.
In 2014, Mineo’s defensive line finished the season with 24.5 Sacks which was 2nd in the Lone Star Conference. Defensive End Anthony Gonzales finished the season with 9 Sacks which led the Lone Star Conference. Gonzales was also a 2nd Team LSC DE, while DT Juan Gonzalez was Honorable Mention LSC Member.
In, 2013, Mineo’s defensive line suffered injuries to key players despite the inuries Mineo’s linemen helped the Texans to the league’s No. 3-ranked rushing defense and No. 3-ranked red-zone defense. Mineo had 11 defensive linemen record a tackle in 2013 with Patrick Bettiol leading all linemen with 32 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, and a sack. Freshman Jake Blount also recorded a team-best, six sacks.
In 2012, Mineo coached a defensive line that helped the Texan defense hold opponents to just 3.9 yards per rush and 137.8 rushing yards per game. His defensive line accounted for 18.5 of the 29 total sacks the defense had, including 10 by the LSC Defensive Lineman of the Year and sixth-round NFL Draft pick, Rufus Johnson.
The 2011 season saw Mineo’s crew make a statement as his line combined for 20 sacks and 48.5 tackles for loss. Rufus Johnson finished No. 2 in the LSC with 15.5 tackles for loss while Logan Johnson finished No. 3 in the LSC with eight sacks. He mentored a defensive line in 2010 that averaged 24 tackles per game among the top seven players on the line.
In 2009, he coached one of the best defensive lines in the Lone Star Conference. He coached Second Team All-LSC South Division selections Ben Taifane and Alonzo Horton and honorable mention members Bryant Bray, Jamaal Steamer and Jacob Rowe.
In 2008, he helped direct second-team all-LSC South Division selection, Jamaal Steamer and honorable mention selection, Alonzo Horton while the Texan defensive line tallied 56.5 tackles for loss while the overall defense had 24 sacks.
A four-year defensive lineman at the University of Texas-El Paso, Mineo signed as a undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins after college before returning to UTEP as a student assistant in 2006. He became a graduate assistant for the Miners in the spring of 2007 before coming to Tarleton in January of 2008.
While at UTEP, Mineo recorded 188 tackles for the Miners, including 84 solo stops and finished his career 2nd All-Time in Sacks.
In 2005, Mineo tallied 20 tackles, including 13 solo stops. He had eight tackles for a loss of minus-48 yards, including six sacks for minus-42 yards for the Miners in only five games as a senior. As a junior, the Odessa native was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference as a defensive tackle after collecting 50 stops, including 39 solo tackles, leading the defensive line in total stops. He tied for the team lead with eight sacks (minus-34 yards) and was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week against San Jose State.
In 2003, Mineo led all Miner defensive linemen with 70 tackles, including 20 solo tackles. As a redshirt freshman in 2002, he played in all 12 games while making three starts. He was named to the all-WAC Freshman Team chosen by The Sporting News. He was the sixth-leading tackler with 48 stops, including five tackles for a loss of minus-14 yards.
Mineo was a first-team all-District 4-5A offensive tackle and second team all-district defensive end as a senior at Permian High School. The 2001 graduate of PHS was a three-year varsity letterwinner for the Panthers and a four-year baseball letterman at pitcher and first base.
Mineo and his wife, Crystal, have three children: Cayden, Brailey and Cai.
Jacob Martin enters his third season as the UT Permian Basin Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach.
Under Martin, the linebackers have been one of the strongest position groups. Sophomore Chris Hoad tied for the conference lead with 122 tackles while fellow sophomore Keegan Gray ranked seventh in the league with 96 tackles, and both were named Lone Star Conference Honorable Mention.
In the team's first season, Hoad ranked second in the conference with 114 total tackles as a freshman while freshman Emilio Solis placed 6th in the league with 83 total tackles.
In his five-year tenure with at Tarleton, Martin spent his first two seasons as a coach in the secondary, two of which were as a graduate assistant coach. In 2012 he coached the defensive ends, before moving back to coach the secondary again in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
In Martin’s time at Tarleton he coached 8 All-Conference, 3 All-Americans, and 2 players that played in the NFL, including 6th round draft pick Rufus Johnson and free agent signee Dashaun Phillips. Safety Charles Moore was named Capital One Academic All-American, Daktronics All-American, as well as being a finalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete award.
Martin played at Midwestern State where he played for two seasons. He was named 2nd team All-Conference both years with the Mustangs. As a senior, Martin was second on the team with 65 total tackles, just two behind the leader. Martin had 20 solo and 43 assisted stops, including two and a half tackles for a loss of minus-four yards. He also had 3 forced fumbles. In his junior season, Martin was second on the team in tackles with 64, including 27 solo and 37 assisted tackles. He had three tackles for a loss of minus-18 yards, including 1.5 sacks for minus-14 yards, five pass breakups and a recovered fumble.
Martin transferred to MSU from Trinity Valley Community College where he played the 2005 and 2006 seasons, after tearing his ACL before the 2004 season. In 2005, Martin helped TVCC finish #2 in the nation with a conference championship and a win in the Pilgrim’s Pride Bowl. He was a JUCO All-American and was selected 1st Team All-Conference team both years.
He was a 2004 graduate of Celina High School where he was a 3 time state champion and played for GA Moore, the winningest high school coach in the state of Texas.
Martin resides in Odessa with his wife of 3 years, Kari.
Special Teams Coach
Carlos Barocio-Leon will serve on Coach Justin Carrigan’s inaugural staff as Special Teams Coordinator and running back coach in 2015. Prior to his hiring at UTPB, Carlos Barocio-Leon was an assistant coach at SMU from 2008-2014. He served as Special Teams Coordinator for the Mustangs from 2013-2014.
Barocio-Leon spent the 2012 season as Coordinator of Quality Control (Offense) and previously served as offensive graduate assistant and video graduate assistant. Barocio-Leon came to SMU from Texas College, where he served as the Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach, helping the Steers claim the CSFL Championship in 2005.
Barocio-Leon played college football for New Mexico State and then played professionally in Italy for one year with the Bergamo Lions.
After his playing days, Barocio-Leon turned to coaching and became the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Nuevo León in Monterrey, México. After two seasons, he returned to Europe and served stints as the Head Coach of the Badalona Dracs, winning two National Spanish titles and one pain's Cup,and the Bergamo Lions, winning two Italian National Championships and two Eurobowl Titles (XIV & XV).
He also served as Head Coach for the Tyrolean Raiders in Innsbruck, Austria, and, in eight years of professional head coaching experience in the European Leagues, compiled an overall record of 74-16. In 2004, he returned to Mexico as Offensive Coordinator at Monterrey Tech Campus Toluca Rams for one season.
In 2011 and 2014 he served as a member of the Mexican National Team Coaching Staff that participated in the 4th and 5th Editions of the World Cup of American Football serving as Special Teams Coordinator/Wr Coach (2011) and Offensive Coordinator (2014).
Barocio-Leon has a B.A. and an M.B.A. from New Mexico State. He also earned a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from SMU. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian and near-fluent in French and German.
Barocio-Leon has been married to Maria Del Carmen Moises-Garcia for 16 years. Both are originally from Mexico City.
Defensive Passing Coach
Kyle Williams enters his first season as UT Permian Basin Defensive Passing Game Coordinator and assistant coach for the Secondary.
Williams comes to UT Permian Basin after four seasons as defensive coordinator at Sul Ross in Alpine, Texas. In four seasons under Williams the Lobo Defense had 102 takeaways and 49 4th down stops and scored 12 Defensive Touchdowns in 40 games. On average the Defense forced the ball back 3.8 times per game. The Lobos finished Top 10 nationally in Takeaways (2nd), Fumble Recoveries (1st) and Blocked Kicks (6th) during that time period. Also, he helped the Special Teams unit create 24 Total Blocked Kicks and six Special Teams Touchdowns in 40 games. Over the course of four seasons there were 25 All-Conference defensive players and nine earned All-American status.
Williams came to Sul Ross after a season as a graduate assistant coaching defensive backs at the University of Southern California. Prior he spent two seasons at Evangel University as the Defensive Backs/Special Teams coach and Recruiting Coordinator, and was at Kansas State for two seasons as a graduate assistant for defensive Backs and as Assistant Recruiting Coordinator.
A native of Pine Bluff, Ark., Williams played quarterback and safety at Watson Chapel High School, earning All-State honors. He also excelled in baseball, earning All-State honors as a centerfielder, and in basketball, as a shooting guard.
Beginning his career at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas, Williams earned All-American Cornerback honors before transferring to Kansas State, where he earned All-Big 12 honors as a safety while playing under Head Coach Bill Snyder and earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science.
Following his collegiate career, Williams joined the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent before beginning his coaching career.
QB's / Passing Game Coordinator
Tyler Wright enters his first season as the UT Permian Basin Quarterbacks coach.
Prior to coaching at UTPB, Coach Wright was at Odessa Permian High School where they compiled a 25-8 record and was apart of one of the most prolific offenses in MOJO history averaging just north of 42 points a game over the course of the three years he was there.
Wright attended Tarleton State University where he played football all four years. Over the course of his career he accumulated 41 catches for 474 yards and 3 touchdowns. Winning a Lone Star Conference Championship in 2013. After playing he interned for the Tarleton State coaching staff during his final semester on campus.
Wright, a 2011 graduate of Granbury High School, was an all-state Wide Receiver his senior year.