The senior statesman on the Washington State coaching staff, Mike Levenseller is in his 19th year on the Cougar sideline, where he serves as wide receivers coach on Paul Wulff's staff.
Levenseller has been with WSU since the beginning of the 1992 season, when he began working with Cougar wide receivers under then-head coach Mike Price. Prior to the 2001 season, Levenseller added offensive coordinator duties to his day-to-day work with wide receivers. As the offensive coordinator, the Cougar pass offense finished in the top 21 nationally each season, including eighth in 2007, 10th in 2001 and 13th in 2002. WSU finished in the top 20 nationally in total offense in each of his first two years as coordinator, including an eighth-place finish in 2005.
Levenseller and eight other receivers he has coached comprise WSU's single-season top 10 receiving yardage list, including Brandon Gibson, who set the single-season record with 1,180 receiving yards in 2007. Under Levenseller's guidance, Jason Hill broke the 1,000-yard mark twice (2005-06), becoming the only WSU receiver with two 1,000-yard campaigns.
Additionally, five different receivers have recorded 1,000-yard seasons under Levenseller, while 11 different players have spent time with NFL clubs.
Prior to returning to Washington State, Levenseller coached wide receivers for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (1990-91), where he mentored the league's receiver of the year in 1990 (Darrell Smith) and 1991 (Raghib Ismail). He began his coaching career in 1986 with the British Columbia Lions of the CFL, working with wide receivers as a guest coach.
A sixth-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders of the 1978 NFL Draft, Levenseller spent three years in the NFL with Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati, was a member of the Grey Cup-winning Edmonton Eskimos in 1982 and concluded his playing career with Calgary, 1983-85, of the CFL.
Levenseller completed his WSU playing career by being selected to the Pacific-8 First Team, the AP All-West Coast First Team and the AP All-America honorable mention squad in 1978. A two-time All-Pac-8 and AP All-West Coach First Team selection, Levenseller caught 121 passes in his career, which ranked third on WSU's all-time list and eighth on the league list. His 2,061 career receiving yards ranked second on WSU's all-time list, as he was one of only seven receivers to top 2,000 yards in Pac-8 history.
In 1992 he was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2006 was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame. Levenseller and his wife, Allison, have a son J.T. and daughter Jordan, who plays volleyball at Washington State University.
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