Matt Thomas, Sports Information Director
DURANT – Southeastern Director of Athletics has announced the hiring of Tyler Fenwick as Southeastern football’s 20th head coach in its more than 100-year history.
Fenwick comes to Southeastern after a six-year stint at Missouri S&T where he posted a 37-29 record overall, including his most recent outing at 10-2 in 2018 which included winning Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors as well as being named the Don Hansen Super Region 3 Coach of the Year.
A meet-and-greet for fans and the media has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 in the Blue and Gold Suite inside Bloomer Sullivan Arena
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to lead the Savage Storm Football program and help continue to move this program over the top,” Fenwick said.
“We are excited about Coach Fenwick and his family joining Southeastern and becoming the leader of our football program,” said Baxter. “This was an extensive search with a very strong applicant pool, we feel Tyler models the qualities we were looking for in a new coach; a commitment to Athletics and Academic excellence, good recruiter and a proven winner with post season experience top the list. We are looking forward to his arrival to campus and working with our student-athletes.”
In 2018 his Miner squad put together a 10-2 season which ended on a six-game winning streak, including a 51-16 victory over Minnesota State-Moorhead in the Mineral Water Bowl.
He departs the Miner program third in career victories after seeing his program tie or break 26 individual or team records over six seasons.
Fenwick’s players are no stranger to honors as well, with 79 earning All-GLVC recognition, including 31 first team selections.
Six of them would go on to earn All-American honors across the various organizations, while in the classroom his student-athletes have added six CoSIDA Academic All-America awards over the same span.
A native of the offensive side of the ball, Fenwick’s team’s over the past two seasons have averaged 35.6 ppg, with the point per game average increasing over each of the first five seasons, while the defense was solid, allowing 20.5 ppg in 2018 and just 23.1 ppg over the last season seasons combined. The Miners were ranked 33rd nationally in scoring offense and scoring defense in 2018.
Prior to taking over the program at Missouri S&T, Fenwick served as the offensive coordinator at Missouri Western State University for six seasons from 2007 through 2012.
While at MWSU, he was part of a program that played in the post-season in each of the six seasons that he was on the staff, including an appearance in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals in 2012.
During the six years Fenwick spent as offensive coordinator at Missouri Western, the Griffons averaged 432.8 points per season and 35.1 points per game. As a team, the Griffons went 53-18 and played in the NCAA Division II playoffs three times as well as making three bowl appearances.
Fenwick spent the 2006 season as the offensive coordinator at Minnesota State-Moorhead where he guided an offensive unit that improved its yardage totals by 65 percent from the previous year, as the Dragons won four of their last five games to finish with a 6-5 record.
Prior to that, he spent five years on the staff at Occidental College in California – the last four as offensive coordinator.
At Occidental, he was the wide receivers coach during the 2001 season as the Tigers went 8-1 and won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, then moved into the offensive coordinator role the following season. Over the four years guiding the offense, Occidental had a 33-9 record, won two SCIAC titles and made two appearances in the NCAA Division III playoffs, winning twice in the 2004 tournament. During those five years, he coached four all-conference quarterbacks and twice had the conference’s “Offensive Player of the Year”.
He began his coaching career at the high school level at Birmingham High School in Lake Balboa, Calif., as the program’s offensive coordinator, helping guide the team to a conference championship and playoff appearance as it finished with a 10-2 record.
Fenwick is originally from Los Angeles, Calif., and graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory High School. He attended Los Angeles Valley College and the University of New Mexico, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in university studies in 1999. A two-year letterman for the Lobos as a wide receiver, he caught 14 passes during the two years in which he played at UNM.
Fenwick and his wife, Angela, have three children, daughter Kyleigha and sons Kayden and Kiptyn. His father, Jim, was a highly successful coach at the collegiate and high school levels in California.