Having the opportunity to work with his older brother was too good to pass up for Luke Wells.
Wells, who helped lead Iowa State to back-to-back bowl appearances, was named Utah State’s co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, announced Saturday by Aggie head coach Matt Wells.
“Matt has a track record of being a great football coach and an outstanding recruiter and I’m ecstatic about coming to Utah State and working for my brother, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and something we have talked about in the past,” Luke Wells said. “It’s an incredible opportunity not only professionally, but personally, as well. I’m excited for the chance to come to a university that’s been extremely successful on the football field and won a bunch of games, and to be part of an explosive offense that’s going to put points on the board.”
Luke Wells spent four seasons with the Cyclones, from 2009-12. He worked with the tight ends for the past two years after coaching the wide receivers during his first two seasons in Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State appeared in the 2012 Liberty Bowl against Tulsa and squared off against Rutgers in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl.
Big brother is certainly glad to have little brother on board with the Aggies.
“I am very happy to announce Luke Wells as a member of our staff,” Matt Wells said. “Luke’s background in the Big 12 Conference for the last four years, along with his familiarity with spread and no-huddle offenses, will be very beneficial here at Utah State.
“His background in recruiting Texas will be an integral part of our recruiting efforts and we are happy that he and his family are joining our Aggie football family.”
This past season with the Cyclones, Luke Wells mentored ISU tight end Ernst Brun, who earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors as he caught 26 passes for 330 yards and six touchdowns.
Prior to his stint at Iowa State, Luke Wells spent six years at Louisiana-Monroe serving as an offensive graduate assistant in 2003 before being elevated to a full-time assistant coach from 2004-08.
Before joining the Warhawks’ staff, Luke Wells coached the wide receivers at Denton (Texas) High School, helping his team win the 2002 bi-district championship.
From 1999-2001, Luke Wells was a student assistant coach at Oklahoma. His responsibilities included assisting with the quarterbacks and wide receivers, coaching and coordinating scout team defense and special teams and assisting with recruiting. His work helped the Sooners win the 2000 Big 12 Conference crown and national title.
The Sooners also won the 2001 Cotton Bowl and participated in the 1999 Independence Bowl. Wells worked under several outstanding coaches during his time at OU — Bob Stoops, Mike Leach and Mark Mangino.
Luke Wells earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma in secondary education in 2001 and did graduate work at ULM. He is married to the former Coby Groves and the couple has one son, Walker (5), and one daughter, Kinsley (3).