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Damaro Wheeler begins his thirdseason in 2014as the Aggies' defensive backfield coachafter helping lead a defense that ranked among the top half of FCS teams in pass efficiency defense in 2012.
He has helped directed a talented cornerback and safety corps during his tenure. Former cornerback Jonathan Perkins twice earned All-Big Sky honors, the first time as an honorable mention in 2012after posting a team-high seven pass breakups and two interceptions, and last season as a third-team pick after 4 PBUs, 46 takles and an interception. Cornerback Shamawn Wright was an honorable mention selection last year after leading the team with 9 PBUs and 4 TFLs.
Safety Charles Boyett also enjoyed a prolific junior season under Wheeler's coaching in 2013, leading the team with 86 tackles (51 solo), an interception, 2 PBUs and two forced fumbles.
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.