In putting together his staff, new UC Davis head football coach Ron Gould has kept four of the Aggie mentors from last year and brought two coaches with him from Cal. That leaves three spots that will be filled from outside the UC system, including running backs coach Bryan Wright, who comes from the Big 10’s University of Michigan.
Wright, a 2007 graduate of Shepherd University in West Virginia, coached for the Wolverines the past six seasons, most recently as an offensive graduate assistant coach. He spent two seasons as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at West Virginia before joining the Michigan program.
With Wright’s help, the Wolverines advanced to the Outback Bowl this winter.
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 comes to Davis with his wife, Jade.