MEET THE STAFF
Recruiting Area: Dallas
Coach Girsch is starting his 2nd season as the Head Football Coach of the Rams! He has spent 20+ years as a college football coach, and in his 1st season as the Head Coach, he led the Rams to an 8-3 record and earned LSC Co-Coach of Year honors. He was the defensive coordinator for the Rams for five seasons before being named Head Coach. Prior to joining Angelo State University, Girsch had spent 18 years coaching at St. Ambrose University, with his last six as the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach. He was named the MSFA Assistant Football Coach of the Year in 2008. He is a graduate of St. Ambrose University.
Defensive Coordinator/LB Coach
Recruiting Area: Houston
Coach Clark is entering his second season as the Defensive Coordinator at ASU. He has a wealth of knowledge of the Lone Star Conference, as he spent the 2018 season as the Asst. Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/defensive line coach at Tarleton State University. Previous to Tarleton, Coach Clark spent eight years as the head coach at Western New Mexico University. Before WNMU, he was the defensive line coach and strength & conditioning coordinator at Colorado School of Mines. He earned his bachelor's and master's degree from St. Ambrose University.
Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach
Recruiting Area: West Texas
Coach Kilmer is entering his second season at ASU as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. He joined the Rams after 3 seasons at Bowling Green University as the Co-Offensive Coordinator & the wide receivers coach. Prior to Bowling Green, Coach Kilmer was the quality control coach after previously serving as an offensive graduate assistant. Coach Kilmer earned his bachelor's degree in History and his master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech University.
Wide Receiver Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Recruiting Area: Central & East Texas
Coach Johnson is entering his fifth season as ASU's wide receiver coach/recruiting coordinator. Prior to ASU, coach Johnson spent five seasons as Wide Receivers coach at Texas State University. Prior to Texas State, Johnson spent a season as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Kentucky State in 2010. He earned an associate degree at Kemper Military Institute, a bachelor’s degree at Western Kentucky and a master’s degree at Sul Ross State University.
Offensive Line Coach
Recruiting Area: San Antonio, Austin
Coach Lewis will be entering his fourth season as ASU's offensive line coach. Prior to being named the offensive line coach, coach Lewis was a student assistant and graduate assistant for the Rams assisting with the offensive line and tight ends. Coach Lewis played for the Rams in 2012 & 2013 while earning his bachelor degree from Angelo State University. He also earned his master's degree from Angelo State University.
Defensive Backs Coach
James Thomas Jr.
Recruiting Area: Houston
Coach Thomas is entering his second season as ASU's defensive backs coach. Prior to ASU, coach Thomas was the defensive coordinator at Clarion University (PA) for 3 years. His defense was nationally ranked in interceptions, takeaways, red zone defense and opponent fourth down conversions. Coach Thomas coached at Western New Mexico for six seasons serving as the defensive coordinator his last two years in Silver City. He begin his coaching career at his alma mater of Graceland University after his football and track career was completed. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education & Health from Graceland. He completed his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University.
Defensive Line Coach
Recruiting Area: Fort Worth
Coach Tuifua will be entering his second season as ASU's defensive line coach. Prior to ASU, coach Tuifua was the defensive line coach at Azusa Pacific University (CA) for 5 years. He lead the 2016 defensive unit which ranked as Division II's sixth-best scoring defense, surrendering just 16 points per game. They also ranked third nationally in sacks (4.17 per game) and turnover margin while advancing to the program's first Division II playoff appearance. A Hawaii native, Coach Tuifua played his first two seasons of college football at Pasadena City College before finishing up his college career at Azusa Pacific. He earned his Sociology degree from Azusa Pacific University.
Offensive Graduate Assistant/RB's
Recruiting Area: Fort Worth & East Texas
Coach Lagerstrom is entering his first season with the Rams coaching staff as a graduate assistant, coaching the Running Backs. In 2019, he was the Wide Receiver's coach at Lake Erie College where he coached the conference freshman of the year at WR. Prior to Lake Erie, he was a student assistant at Bowling Green State University where he earned his undergraduate degree majoring in Sports Management. He also spent the summer of 2018 as a Recruiting and Operations intern at Texas Tech University. He is originally from Woodstock, IL.
Defensive Graduate Assistant/DB's
Recruiting Area: Houston & East Texas
A native of Virgina, Coach Braden joined the Rams in 2019 as a Graduate Assistant. He previously worked with the Linebackers at Clarion as a Graduate Assistant. This season Coach Braden will assist Coach Thomas in coaching the secondary for the Rams.
Defensive Graduate Assistant/LB's
Recruiting Area: San Antonio & South Texas
Coach O'Bryan will be entering his third season as a graduate assistant football coach for the Rams. A Marion native, O'Bryan is a Texas Tech graduate who is pursuing a Master's degree in Education in Coaching and Athletic Administration at ASU. He earned his degree in Kinesiology at Texas Tech. He works with the Linebackers and special teams for the Rams and plans to pursue a coaching and athletic administration career.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE PROGRAM FOR ATHLETICS
Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Services/Student Success
Joe’l is the Angelo State University Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Services and Student Success where she has helped ASU student-athletes along their academic path since 2013.
Sefcik oversees academic support initiatives for all of ASU student-athletes including tutorials, testing programs and advising programs. She works closely with coaches and athletic administration to guide student-athletes toward academic success.