LARAMIE -- Dave Christensen’s offense led to national recognition at Missouri, his first head-coaching job at Wyoming and a bowl victory in his first year.
Now his system’s accolades extend beyond the country’s borders.
Several coaches from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterey, Mexico, have been on hand this week for a more in-depth look at Christensen’s offense, a system that helped lead them to the national championship in Mexico’s highest collegiate level in December.
“I’ve had a relationship for quite a few years,” Christensen said. “I went down and spent some time with them a couple years ago and they installed my whole offense and this year they won the Mexican national championship.”
Christensen held a free coaches clinic that featured staff members from about 45 schools all day on Friday, culminating with a short practice in the wind at War Memorial Stadium.
The 75-minute practice counted as UW’s 11th of 15 spring sessions, but was designed mostly give coaches a taste for the pace and structure of Christensen’s practices and the specific drills that the Cowboys run.
It was exactly what Nuevo Leon’s staff was looking for.
“This week has been really enlightening,” said Dr. Pedro Morales, the head coach of the Nuevo Leon Tigres. “We are learning more in-depth. Everybody has been friendly and helpful.”
Christensen and Morales first met at a coaches seminar in Anaheim, Calif., about three years ago, about the time Morales took over as Nuevo Leon’s coach.
He had purchased books and videos by Christensen -- he has several of each -- on the spread offense that, at that time, he was running at Missouri.
“We looked at the spread offense and the version that was [easiest to study] was Dave’s,” Morales said. “He had books and many, many videos and so we bought all of them.
“After we met, I invited him to Monterey and they came a few years ago and we went to Missouri for a couple of days and since then we’ve been communicating.”
Mimicking Christensen’s offense, the Tigres are off to a hot start under Morales.
In the 21-team Organizacion Nacional Estudiantil de Futbol Americano, Nuevo Leon finished fourth in Morales’ first season, second in his second and won the title in his third.
“It’s basically the same system,” Morales said. “[The offense] has definitely helped a lot. The spread is becoming a more popular offensive system and [this clinic] is something that helps a lot.”
Morales said he will try to bring members of his staff back to Laramie every year as long as Christensen continues to have clinics.
And while a national championship for UW in Christensen’s third year might be a bit unrealistic, he’d love to match Nuevo Leon’s year-to-year progress at the local level.
SCRIMMAGE TODAY: UW will participate in its second spring scrimmage today at War Memorial Stadium -- pending decent weather.
The Cowboys will run 60 live plays beginning at 9:30 a.m.
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FRIDAY: The Wyoming football team held its 11th spring practice, this one mostly coming in the form of positional drills to cap off an all-day coaches’ clinic.
CARBON COPY: About 45 coaching staffs took part in the clinic, including one from Mexico that has tried to mimic Dave Christensen’s spread offense.
HE SAID IT: “We looked at the spread offense and the version that was [easiest to study] was Dave’s.” -- Nuevo Leon coach Pedro Morales.
TODAY: UW hosts its second spring scrimmage with practice beginning at 9 a.m. and a 60-play scrimmage set for about 9:30 at War Memorial Stadium.