Aggies and Bobcats set for Big Sky Conference showdown on Saturday
Damaro Wheeler begins his second season in 2013 as the Aggies' cornerback after helping lead a defense that ranked among the top half of FCS teams in pass efficiency defense in 2012. Additionally, Wheeler coached Jonathan Perkins who earned All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention recognition last season. Perkins picked up the award after posting a team-high seven pass-breakups while also intercepted two passes, one which he returned for a 69-yard touchdown at South Dakota State. Perkins also recovered a fumble and had 36 tackles.
Most recently Wheeler spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Central Washington. He coached running backs in 2010 and corners in 2011 with additional duties as the team's professional liaison. In his first season on the Wildcats' staff Wheeler helped CWU to an eight-win season en route to a Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship.
Prior to CWU, Wheeler had a three-year stint coaching the secondary at Southern Oregon from 2007-09. He began his coaching career at Mission Bay High School in San Diego, leading the secondary from 2004-05.
Wheeler had a highly successful collegiate career, capped off by winning an Independent Conference Championship with Azusa Pacific in 2003. In 2001, he played corner at West Liberty University and set a school record for passes defended in a season. His career started at San Diego Mesa College, where he played corner from 1999-00.
Wheeler also played professionally for a year, competing for the Odessa Roughnecks of the Intense Football League in 2006.