|Position:||Special Teams/Running Backs|
Now in his 22nd season of coaching, Dave Ungerer joined Paul Wulff's staff in February, 2010, after spending the previous season at Elon University, where his special teams units ranked among the top 50 in four categories, including fifth in kickoff coverage as Elon surrendered just 17.06 yards per return.
From 2007-08 Ungerer served as the special teams coach at Oregon State University. In his first season he worked with All-Pacific-10 Conference placekicker Alexis Serna, who ended his career as the Beavers' all-time leading scorer and the Pac-10 record-holder with 144 consecutive extra point conversions. The Beaver kickoff coverage team ranked first in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally. In 2008 he coached All-Pac-10 First Team punt returner Sammie Stroughter and second team kick returner James Rodgers. As a unit overall, the Beavers ranked first in the conference in kickoff coverage (18.7 yards) and third in kickoff returns (23.4 yards).
Prior to Oregon State Ungerer spent four seasons at Alabama as the special teams and tight ends coach, working alongside WSU's current assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball. During his tenure the Crimson Tide blocked 13 kicks and returned five punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Ungerer's first stint in the Pac-10 came in 2002 when he spent one season as the special teams/tight ends coach at California. In his lone season, kickoff returner LaShaun Ward ranked third in the nation in average returns, while Mike McGrath and placekicker Mark Jenkins earned All-Pac-10 honors. In addition, Cal's kickoff return team was third in the nation and first in the Pac-10.
Ungerer arrived at California after two years at Lehigh, where he assisted the program in finishing in the top 10 in the nation both years. Ungerer also spent five years at Maryland, where he coached 1993 honorable mention All-American and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference punter Scott Milanovich. He began his Maryland career as the strength coach before becoming special teams coordinator/running backs coach, a position he held for three years. Ungerer was on staff at Holy Cross from 1988-91, where the program won three-straight Patriot League crowns and compiled a record of 39-4-1, including a perfect 11-0 ledger in 1991.
Ungerer has also coached at Davidson (1986-87), Northeastern (1985) and served as a graduate assistant at Rutgers (1983-84).
The Edison, N.J., native is a 1980 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and health. Ungerer and his wife Sylvia have three sons, Dominic, David and Dante.