Thursday March 14, 2013 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
After three seasons at Bethany College working with the offensive line, Pat Denecke has taken a graduate assistant position on the coaching staff of the University of Nevada.
Pat Denecke has been named a graduate assistant coach for the University of Nevada football program, which is now being headed by fellow St. Francis graduate Brian Polian. Denecke, a former offensive lineman himself, has been assigned to assist with the defensive line at the Division I program.
The Hamburg native’s previous experience includes three seasons as the O-line coach with Bethany College at the Division III level. During his time at Bethany, the team set school records for total yards passing in a season and had the second most rushing yards in a season. In Week Two of the 2010 season, Bethany was honored as Offensive Line of the Week by D-3 Football.com, the premier national website covering Division III sports.
Denecke’s playing career started at St. Francis High School where he was a two-time All-Catholic selection at guard, and played on the team that was ranked No. 1 in WNY in 2004. At one point during that season, the Red Raiders were listed among Top 25 high school football teams in the nation by USA Today.
That year, he blocked for Zak Kedron, who set the WNY rushing record at the time with over 2,000 yards, and was teammates with now Washington Redskin defensive lineman Doug Worthington.
In college, Denecke played guard and center at Washington & Jefferson on a team that went 40-7 over his four-year career. Each season, the Presidents made the playoffs, and they made it as far as the “Elite 8” in the 2008 campaign.