Commanders Finalize First-Year Coaching Staff
By Cole Thompson, San Antonio Commanders Team Reporter
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Commanders have finalized its coaching staff for the inaugural season under head coach Mike Riley. While a majority of the staff has been set, the offensive side of the ball is now complete with the hirings of wide receivers coach Keith Williams and offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch.
Jonathan and Keith both bring ample coaching experience to our offensive staff,” said coach Riley. “Jonathan has spent the last several years in the Canadian Football League and Keith in college football. Their combined decades of coaching expertise set us up for success both in the trenches and on the edges.”
Williams joins the staff after spending three seasons as the wide receivers coach with Nebraska, all under Riley. A 15-year veteran of coaching young receivers, the former San Diego State standout has spent time with multiple programs over the course of his career including Tulane University (2012-14) and Fresno State University (2009-11). Williams is a former NFL receiver who signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Washington Redskins before joining the Canadian Football league.
A long-time offensive line guru, Himebauch has spent over 20 seasons coaching young linemen into quality players at both the collegiate level and within Canadian Football League. The 43-year-old offensive line coach spent the past two seasons coaching the Toronto Argonauts after a brief one year stint with University of Nevada. Prior to his time with the Argonauts, Himebauch spent several seasons coaching the offensive lines at the college level with UNLV (2001), San Diego State (2006-08) and Wake Forest (2012-13). In the Canadian Football League, Himebauch has coached with the Montreal Alouttes (2009-11) and the Edmonton Eskimos (2014).
Himebauch will also serves as the team’s run game coordinator. While new to the team, Himebauch brings a pedigree of winning and a championship mentality as he has been apart of a three Grey Cup Championships during his tenure in the CFL (2009, 2010, 2017).
Williams and Himebauch will round out Riley’s offensive staff for the 2019 along with Matt Troxel (offensive coordinator & quarterbacks), Lyle Moevao (running backs) and Josh Oglesby (tight ends).
The Commanders and the coaching staff report to training camp in San Antonio on Friday, January 4.