March 12, 2014

Collins tabs Wikre as offensive line coach

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY – After an unexpected position opened on his staff, Northern Colorado football head coach Earnest Collins Jr. looked in state for a rising star and found one in Trevor Wikre to coach the Bears' offensive line.

"Trevor is a very hard worker," Collins said. "He has a great knowledge of the state of Colorado and a tireless work ethic. He will fit in very well with this staff and we are glad he's a member of the Bears family."

Wikre spent the past two years at Adams State in a similar role. While there, the Grizzlies posted back-to-back school records in rushing for a season and he had two players named to the RMAC All-Conference team. In 2012, Adams State went 9-2, the best record since the school joined the Division II ranks. Last year the Grizzlies ranked third in the RMAC in rushing – one of the toughest conferences in Division II.

"I'm excited to be at Northern Colorado," Wikre said. "The opportunity to work with Division I athletes and be close to home is terrific for me and my family."

Wikre is originally from Longmont, Colo., and attended Berthoud High School, where he was an All-State lineman as well as an All-Conference pick and state qualifier in wrestling and a letterman in baseball.

After Berthoud, Wikre attended Colorado Mesa, where he played defensive tackle his first two years and moved to offensive guard his final two seasons. He was an all-conference selection as a junior and senior, adding All-American honors in his final year. He graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in both physical education and adaptive physical education.

Wikre moved to the coaching ranks in 2009, spending three seasons at Colorado State, the first as a quality control defensive assistant and the other two as a defensive graduate assistant. During that time, he completed his master's degree in education.

His name is well known around the collegiate ranks as midway through his senior season he suffered a compound dislocation of his finger that caused ligament damage. Doctors told him the damage would prevent his return to the gridiron, but in order to preserve his career, Wikre chose to have his finger amputated. He missed just one game for the Mavericks, returning for the final five games of the year. His story was told around the country, including articles in Sports Illustrated, People, New York Times, USA Today, Sunday NFL Countdown and ESPN Magazine. He also had a guest appearance on ESPN's First Take with Mike and Mike In The Morning.

Wikre began working for the Bears in March, 2014.