Rountree replaces Holman Wiggins who took a similar position at Memphis
Tulsa will play host to Marshall at 11 a.m. Nov. 12
Holman Wiggins came to Tulsa from Illinois State where he spent five seasons (2006-10) coaching the running backs. Wiggins was named to the Golden Hurricane coaching staff on January 21, 2011 and serves as running back coach.
In his first season at Illinois State, the Redbirds totaled 169 yards per game in 13 games in 2006, as Pierre Rembert rushed for a school-record 1,743 yards and received All-America accolades by the Associated Press. That Redbird team posted a 9-4 record, advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) quarterfinals and finished the season with a No. 8 national ranking.
A year later, the Illinois State offense gained 199 yards on the ground while two running backs combined for 1,742 of the Redbirds' 2,194 rushing yards. In addition, three Redbird running backs became the first-ever trio in school history to each rush for over 100 yards in the same game, as the threesome accomplished the feat against Indiana State.
The 2008 season saw Illinois State total 197 yards per game while three running backs carried the load for the Redbirds, totaling 1,911 yards of ISU's 2,169 total rushing yards. After dipping down to 98 rushing yards in 2009, Illinois State totaled over 130 yards rushing this past season.
Before his stint at ISU, Wiggins worked two seasons as a student assistant coach and one year as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, New Mexico. As a student assistant, he worked with the Lobo running backs, while shifting his focus to quarterbacks and wide receivers as a graduate assistant coach.
Wiggins was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at running back for the New Mexico Lobos (1998-2001). He finished his collegiate career ranked No. 14 all-time in rushing (1,833 yards) and No. 12 in all-purpose yardage (2,912 yards) in New Mexico history.
He remains the Lobos' single-season leader in punt returns (46) and punt return yardage (392), both set in 2000. Wiggins led New Mexico in rushing during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from New Mexico in 2003 and worked on his master's degree in counseling and child psychology.
A native of Los Angeles, Wiggins played his prep football at San Pedro High School, while being named the city's player of the year for class 4A.
Wiggins and his wife, Dominique, have four daughters: Justyce, Karyn, Brooklyn and Journye.
THE WIGGINS FILE Alma Mater: New Mexico Birthdate: June 2, 1980 Hometown: Los Angeles, California College Coaching Experience: Eight years (2003-10). Entering first year at Tulsa. Playing Experience: A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at running back at the University of New Mexico (1998-2001).
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