Chris Tormey has joined the Wyoming Football coaching staff as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

The announcement was made by University of Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen on Wednesday after Tormey officially signed his contract.Tormey will be entering his 33rd season as a college coach in 2012.

Included in his previous 32 seasons of coaching experience are nine seasons of head-coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level at the University of Idaho and University of Nevada. While at Idaho, he led the Vandals to their first-ever bowl appearance in 1998, earning conference Coach-of-the-Year honors that season. As an assistant coach at the University of Washington in 1991, he helped guide the Huskies to the 1991 National Championship. He comes to Wyoming from Washington State University where he was the linebackers’ coach in 2011.

He coached senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis to Second Team All-Pacific 12 honors this past season. “We feel very fortunate to be able to add a coach of Chris’ (Tormey’s) experience to our staff,” said Christensen. “He has been both a head coach and a defensive coordinator during his career, and is recognized as a talented recruiter.  We look forward to him joining our staff in January.”

The Cowboy defensive coaching staff entering 2012 will include: Marty English, Linebackers’ Coach; Matt Rahl, Defensive Line Coach; and Danilo Robinson, Defensive Line Coach.  Former Wyoming secondary coach Alex Grinch recently accepted a position at the University of Missouri to coach the Tiger safeties.