Ram Football Camps
Head Coach Will Wagner
Will Wagner held true to his word of changing the culture of the Ram football program.
The 2016 Rams had 13 all-conference selections with Bright Ihegworo and Markus Jones earning all-region honors on the defensive line. Josh Stevens became the first running back since 2008 to rush for at least 2,000 yards and just the eighth player in ASU history.
The 2015 Rams earned its second consecutive winning season and won seven games in back-to-back season for the first time since 1989-90. ASU led the nation in total offense with 560.4 yards per game. A total of 15 Rams were named to the LSC All-Conference team highlighted by Kyle Washington, LSC Offensive Player of the Year and Clayton Callicutt, Defensive Lineman of the Year. ASU scored the second most points, 63 points, in school history in the final game of 2015.
In 2014, his fourth season as head coach, Wagner guided the Rams to the inaugural LSC Playoff Championship and to the program’s first NCAA Division II playoff win since 1997. The Rams finished the season at 9-3, the most wins since 1997, while being the only Lone Star Conference team to advance to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. ASU won six-straight game including the final five in the regular season to qualify for the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The LSC Playoff Championship was the first championship of any kind for the program since winning the LSC Regular Season Championship in 1987. Wagner was named the LSC Coach of the Year and AFCA Regional Coach of the Year. He had eight players named to the LSC first team highlighted by LSC Offensive Player of the Year, Kyle Washington and the LSC Defensive Lineman of the Year, Clayton Callicutt.
During his first four seasons as head coach, the Rams offense and defense improved by leaps and bounds. The 2014 Ram offense set the record for single season average of total yards with 469.7 yards per game. Kyle Washington led the offense as quarterback and became the first player in ASU history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a single season. The defense forced 18 turnovers that allowed the offense to score 115 points off turnovers. The Rams put 18 Rams on the all-conference list including eight on the first team. It is the most first team members since 1994.
The team also stays involved in the public with the Rams Read program and helping the San Angelo community by volunteering to clean up and do handy work at houses around town.
In his previous 11 seasons as assistant coach at Northwest Missouri, Wagner helped lead the Bearcats to 10 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) championships, seven national championship games and three national titles. During his tenure, the Bearcats were 108-8 (.931) in the 12-member MIAA.
At Northwest Missouri, Wagner first served as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons before being hired full time as defensive backs coach, a job he held even after being named assistant head coach prior to the 2007 season.
Under his tutelage, the Bearcats averaged nearly 18 interceptions per season from 2004–10. Twelve of his defensive backs combined to earn 18 All-MIAA honors, including Myles Burnsides, a two-time All-American who was named National Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. In 2009, 11 Bearcats picked off 25 passes, the second-highest total in the nation. In Wagner’s final season, Northwest Missouri finished 12-2 and advanced to the D-II national semifinals before losing to Minnesota Duluth, 17-13.
As a player, Wagner was an All-American defensive back at Hardin-Simmons University, where he played from 1992–95 and earned selection to the university’s 20th Anniversary Team. He started a record 47 games for the Cowboys, set school records for interceptions in a season (8) and set an American Southwest Conference record for career interceptions (23). He also coached as a graduate assistant at Hardin-Simmons from 1996–97.
As a senior in high school, Wagner helped lead Odessa Permian to the 1991 Texas 5A Division II State Championship. Wagner and his wife, Andrea, have two sons, Brooks and Brayden and daughter, Blair.