Assistant coach Bryan Wright was most recently at the University of Michigan
With running back Gabe Manzanares rushing for 1,285 yards - the third-best season in school history - and earning Big Sky Newcomer of the Year accolades, UC Davis averaged 152.5 ypg. He added 10 touchdowns and averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Freshman Manusamoa Luuga also had a strong first season, highlighting his year by scampering 46 yards on his first career carry.
Wright, a 2007 graduate of Shepherd University in West Virginia, was part of the Wolverines' coaching staff the past six seasons, most recently as an offensive graduate assistant coach, after beginning as a staff intern. He spent two seasons at West Virginia as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach prior to joining Michigan's program.
Michigan advanced to the Outback Bowl this past season.
Wright began his collegiate playing career at West Virginia in 2002, earning Rookie of the Year and Weight Lifter of the Year honors from the Mountaineers as a running back and kick returner.
He transferred to Shepherd University for his final two seasons in 2006-07. The Rams won a pair of West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Wright earned his bachelor's degree in fitness and exercise science before receiving his master's in athletic coaching education from West Virginia.
He is married to his wife, Jade.
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