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Luke Wells
Position: Tight End Coach
Alma Mater: Oklahoma
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: (515) 294-8059
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Luke Wells
Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 02/13/2009
 

Meet Luke Wells

 
Luke Wells’ is an original member of Paul Rhoads’ coaching staff and is starting his second season coaching the Iowa State tight ends after two successful years as wide receivers coach.

The numbers speak for themselves. 

Wide receivers Darius Darks and Darius Reynolds finished their careers combining for 208 receptions for 2,396 yards and 16 touchdowns. Darks now stands tied for seventh on the all-time Iowa State career reception list.

The Cyclones installed a spread offense in 2009, their first under head coach Paul Rhoads, and Wells’ pass catchers profited from the change. Seven different wide receivers caught a pass in 2009, with four of that group making at least 20 catches. 

Senior Marquis Hamilton closed out his career with a flourish, making 50 catches for 606 yards and four touchdowns in 2009. Jake Williams stepped up his play and ended his career in 2010 with 71 receptions for 807 yards and nine touchdowns over the past two seasons.
Last season, Wells oversaw the development of tight ends, including the rapidly improving Kurt Hammerschimdt, who will be a key player for the Cyclones this fall.
  
Wells is a former Oklahoma quarterback, who previous to his tenure at Iowa State, coached wide receivers at Louisiana-Monroe. Wells was ULM’s recruiting coordinator for the 2007 and 2008 seasons and helped bring to Monroe the Warhawks’ highest-rated recruiting classes in school history.

The Louisiana-Monroe offense posted the highest scoring average in the school’s NCAA FBS history in 2008. Warhawk wide receiver Anthony McCall set a school record for freshman TD receptions that season.

In 2007, Wells led a group of receivers that caught 16 touchdown passes. Junior wide out Darrell McNeal received Sun Belt Player-of-the-Week honors after catching two touchdown passes and rushing for another against Florida International.

Wells took over the wide receivers in 2007 and mentored All-Sun Belt second-team selection LaGregory Sapp. Sapp led the league in yards per reception with 19.6 on 40 catches for 784 yards.

In 2004 and 2005, Wells worked with the tight ends and All-Sun Belt first-teamer Joey Trappey. Trappey was the top receiving tight end in the league in 2005 with 42 receptions for 425 yards.

Wells spent the 2003 season as a ULM graduate assistant before being promoted to assistant coach. Prior to ULM, Wells coached wide receivers at Denton High School in Texas, helping his team win the 2002 bi-district championship.

Before that, Wells was a student assistant coach at Oklahoma from 1999-2001. His responsibilities included assisting with 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.

Wells earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma in secondary education and did graduate work at ULM. Wells is married to the former Coby Groves. They have a son, Walker (5), and a daughter Kinsley (3), who was born in Ames.

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