Staff
Head Coach
Daren Wilkinson

Daren Wilkinson was named the 11th head coach and 10th full-time head coach in Texas A&M University-Kingsville history on Dec. 15, 2014 and formally introduced on Dec. 22, 2014. Wilkinson took over the historic Javelina football program after two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

In just his second season in Hog Nation, Wilkinson had one of the most impressive turnaround seasons in the NCAA regardless of Division, turning a 2-9 program to a 9-3 team and a postseason victory at the Fourth Annual Agent Barry Live United Bowl.

The Thunder Wolves finished the 2014 season 14-1 overall and No. 1 nationally after earning the school's first ever NCAA Division II Football Championship, defeating previously unbeaten and top-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato. Three offensive players, including running back Cameron McDondle earned Daktronics All-Super Region 4 honors as Colorado State-Pueblo earned its fourth consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference crown and reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the fourth straight season.

In just their seventh season since reinstating football, CSU-Pueblo averaged nearly 35 points per game and 400 yards per game. Under his guidance, quarterback Chris Bonner was propelled to All-America honorable mention honors in 2013 and this season, ranks 18th in the nation with 30 passing touchdowns.

In his first season as offensive coordinator for the Pack, Wilkinson guided CSU-Pueblo to 509.3 yards of offensive per game and 42.7 points per contest, ranked sixth and seventh nationally, respectively.

Wilkinson joined CSU-Pueblo after nearly four seasons as the quarterbacks coach and assistant recruiting coordinator for NCAA Division I program and his alma mater, Colorado State University. Serving under Rams coach Steve Fairchild from 2008-12, he helped lead Colorado State to the New Mexico Bowl championship in 2008. That season, his offense ranked in the top 40 nationally and former CSU quarterback Billy Farris went on to play in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. While at CSU, his recruiting areas included San Diego, North Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, North Calif., Ariz., Nev., Utah and all quarterback prospects.

In 2004, he joined the South Dakota State University football coaching staff as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. While there, he helped SDSU have a smooth transition to Division I as the team had a winning record each season he led the offense, culminating in the 2007 Great West Conference championship. Spending four seasons as the offensive signal caller for SDSU, he coached the quarterback that set the school’s all-time passing record and defeated the No. 1 team in the nation in 2007. South Dakota State finished with a winning record in his four seasons.

Joining the NCAA Division II ranks as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Fayetteville State University (N.C.) in 2001, Wilkinson coached two all-conference receivers and assisted the team in earning back-to-back CIAA Conference titles in 2002-03 and a NCAA Division II playoff berth in 2002.

Wilkinson has coached for 15 years at the collegiate level, beginning as an offensive graduate assistant at Colorado State in 1997 and 1998 after quarterbacking the Rams for two seasons, leading them to the 1995 Western Athletic Conference title. He then served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Arizona College from 1999-00.

While at Eastern Arizona, he recruited and coached six players that went on to play NCAA Division I football and led the squad to an upset win over the No. 1 team in the nation. As an offensive graduate assistant for the Rams, he helped lead the team to the 1997 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship and Holliday Bowl Championship. In his three seasons as a GA, he worked with two quarterbacks that earned conference player of the year honors.

As a player, Wilkinson started seven games for Colorado State in 1995 as a junior, leading the Rams to a share of the WAC title. Joining the Rams after a sensational playing career at Ricks Junior College (now BYU-Idaho), he went 21-2 as a starter and was crowned the College Sports Magazine Junior College Player of the Year in 1994. That season, he earned first team All-American honors, leading the squad to an 11-0 mark and throwing for over 3,000 yards en route to the school’s all-time passing record.

Growing up in Valley Center, Calif., Wilkinson was a two-sport athlete at Orange Glen High School, lettering in both basketball and football. He earned second team all-conference honors on the gridiron.

Born Feb. 11, 1972, in Corona, Calif., he owns two degrees from Colorado State, a bachelors in psychology (‘97) and a master’s in education (‘99). He and his wife Ann have three children, Alexa, Macy and Jet.

Offensive Line Coach / Run Game Coordinator
Phil Serchia

Phil Serchia
Offensive Lines Coach/Run Game Coordinator
Twitter: @CoachSerchia
Colorado State ’09 (Bachelor’s in Health Promotion)
Colorado State ’13 (Master’s in Educational Leadership)

Phil Serchia was announced as the new Texas A&M University-Kingsville offensive line coach on Feb. 2, 2015 by first-year head coach Daren Wilkinson. Serchia joins the Javelinas after two seasons as the running backs and tight ends coach and the special teams coordinator for Adams State University.

In his first season with the Hogs, Serchia coached Bo Villarreal to an All-Lone Star Conference second team offense accolade and Don Hansen All-Super Region Four third team selection. One of the many highlights for the big guys up front was Aundra Long, who found the endzone on a three-yard lateral at Eastern New Mexico University on a perfectly executed trick play. As the run game coordinator, he was instrumental in the growth of Greg Pitre, who ended the season as arguably the hottest player in NCAA Division II, Shawn Vasquez and Joe Te'o.

Prior to coaching the Grizzlies’ backs and tight ends (2014), Serchia concluded a successful playing and coaching career at Colorado State University.

Spending four seasons (2009-13) on the CSU coaching staff as an offensive graduate assistant, Serchia worked extensively with the offensive line.

A former center for the Division I Rams from 2007-08, Serchia played alongside four future National Football League signees. The Rams appeared and earned the New Mexico Bowl title in 2008.

A Calif. native, Serchia played his first two collegiate seasons (2005-06) as a center/guard at Ventura College in Ventura, Calif. He began his college playing career by redshirting as a true freshman at the University of Wyoming.

A product of Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High School, he earned second-team all-conference honors as a senior captain, and also lettered three years in wrestling, finishing first in his league as a senior, and earned four letters in track, throwing the shot put and discus.

Serchia graduated from CSU in 2009 with a degree in health and exercise science. He also obtained a master's in educational leadership in 2013 from Colorado State. He is married to Alyssa and they have two daughters, Makena Layne and Hallie Grace.

The Serchia File
Full Name: Philip Michael Serchia
College Coaching Experience: Six Years
Wife: Alyssa | Children: Daughters Makena Layne and Hallie Grace
Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion, Colorado State ’09; Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership, Colorado State ‘13

Playing Experience:
2007-08 Colorado State University
2005-06 Ventura College
2004 University of Wyoming (Redshirt)

Year-by-Year Coaching History
Dec. 2014-Present Texas A&M University-Kingsville Offensive Lines Coach/Run Game Coordinator
March 2013-Dec. 2014 Adams State University Running Backs and Tight Ends Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
Jan. 2012-Feb. 2013 Colorado State University Offensive Graduate Assistant Coach
Jan. 2011-Dec. 2011 Colorado State University Offensive Technical Assistant
Jan. 2009-Dec. 2010 Colorado State University Offensive Academic Graduate Assistant

Running Backs / Full Backs Coach
Jaime Martinez

Former Javelina All-American Jaime Martinez is in his 12th season overall at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

In his first season as the running backs/full backs coach last year, Matinez had one All-LSC athlete in full back Danny Ramirez and achieved an honorable mention shout out in running back Greg Pitre who led the team with 744 rushing yards and 397 reception yards.

Martinez began his 10th season as the offensive lines coach and recruiting coordinator for the Javelinas, before taking over as the interim head coach on Oct. 13, 2014.

As interim head coach, Martinez led the Javelinas to a win in the inaugural Lone Star Conference Championships, defeating McMurry University, 41-16. Under his wing, junior offensive lineman Christian Garcia earned an All-LSC honorable mention selection for the second consecutive season, and freshman linebacker Trevor Moses, junior running back Shawn Vasquez and cornerback Kelechi Amushie joined Garcia on the honorable mention squad. Trevor Pesek was named to the LSC All-Academic Team and became the eighth player in Javelina history to earn a spot on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II First Team.

In 2013, Martinez was influential in the growth of Christian Garcia as the sophomore was selected All-Lone Star Conference honorable mention. Working with a relatively new offensive line after a 2012 season that ended with an appearance in the Kanza Bowl, the Javelinas earned back-to-back victories to begin the 2013 campaign under first-year head coach David Calloway.

Martinez was forced to juggle the offensive line in 2011, but the unit blocked for a running back that rushed for over 1,000 yards and an offense that averaged over 450 yards per game.

As a recruiting coordinator, Martinez helped bring in the largest class under former head coach’s Bo Atterberry's tenure in February of 2012.

In 2010, Martinez had a trio of seniors, but injuries forced some mixing and matching that eventually led to a four-game stretch where they allowed just one sack. Two lineman earned All-LSC South Second Team honors and one appeared on the honorable mention list.

Martinez had a veteran group of linemen (two seniors and three juniors) to work with in 2009 and it showed as the unit blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher and 2,500-yard passer for the first time in school history. As a group, they allowed just 14 sacks and did not give up any sacks in half of the team’s games despite 418 throwing attempts. Left guard Markeith Wesley earned Third Team Football Gazette All-America honors and left tackle Jorge Guerra earned Second Team Daktronics Super Region Four honors. Four of the five starters earned All-LSC South honors.

In 2008, Martinez’s line showed great improvement. The line provided protection for a school record setting passing offense. The team attempted 430 passes and was sacked just 22 times while averaging 298.7 yards passing per game, 12th best in the nation. Additionally, the line cleared the way for running back Billy Martin to rush for over 150 yards on two occasions. Under Martinez’s tutelage, Markeith Wesley earned First Team All-LSC South and second team all-region honors and Jorge Guerra grabbed an honorable mention LSC South nod.

In 2007, Martinez molded a group of young players and newcomers into a cohesive unit.

In 2006 Martinez coached yet another offensive lineman to All-America honors as John Cook earned first team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association.

In 2005 two of his linemen earned All-Lone Star Conference honors. James Cardenas was named second team All-LSC, while Van Nelson earned honorable mention honors.

Martinez, a native of nearby Beeville, was a standout for the Javelinas from 1992-95 on the offensive line. He was a two-time All-Lone Star Conference selection. He earned first team All-America honors as a junior and senior. The Javelinas won four Lone Star Conference Championships, went 21-0 in LSC play, posted a 39-13 overall record, advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals three times and advanced to the NCAA championship game once.

Prior to returning to Kingsville he spent five years as the offensive line and special teams coach at Granger High School. He also served as the offensive line coach at Medina Valley High School in Castroville.

He is married to the former Marisa Fancher of Albany, Ore., a former Javelina volleyball player. They have a daughter, Maya and a son, Rylee and reside in Bishop, Texas.

Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach
Haskel Buff

Haskel Buff rejoined the TAMUK football program in Spring 2018.

Buff brings with him credentials that include more than 25 years of coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels. His most recent stop was at Welasco High School and prior to that he spent two years each at Edinburg Vela High School and San Benito High School. His most recent collegiate experience was at Fort Valley State in Georgia, where he spent four seasons guiding one of the top units in the country, including a defense in 2010 that finished among the best in the NCAA in several categories and led the nation in fewest yards allowed per game. His special teams group included Marquette King, who's spent the last six seasons punting for the Oakland Raiders.

This is not the first time Buff has donned the Blue and Gold. He served as the program's defensive coordinator and special teams coach from 2000-2006. During that time, Buff put together a defense that helped the Javelinas capture four consecutive Lone Star Conference Championships. The Javs collected five postseason victories during that time, including two straight trips to the NCAA regional semifinals. Buff also helped guide a unit that finished in the top 20 in the nation in scoring defense and total defense four times. Six of his student-athletes were chosen as All-Americans on defense, as well as one of his special teamers.

"Kingsville has always been a special place for me," said Buff. "The last time I was here, we won a lot of football games and I think we can do that again going forward. I'm excited to be back and ready to get to work on putting together a defense that's going to help this team succeed and the fans here are going to love. I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces back at Javelina Stadium this season and having them support this program in the near future."

Kingsville also served as one of the first stops on Buff's coaching journey. After two years as a graduate assistant for Stephen F. Austin and three serving as secondary coach at UNLV, he joined the TAMUK staff for a tenure that would go from 1995-97. During all three seasons, Buff was helped lead a defense that ranked in top five in the country and a special teams unit that was among the NCAA's best. His pupils included Karl Williams and Norman Miller, both of whom went on to careers in the NFL.
Buff's career as a player spanned four seasons, during which he played for both the University of Tulsa and Southern Utah University, receiving his bachelor's degree from the latter institution. He then moved on to UNLV, where he acquired his master's degree.

Haskel Buff is married to the former Gloria Garcia Hitchens of Kingsville, who served as the school's director of alumni affairs from 2003-07.

Tight Ends Coach / Assistant Special Teams Coordinator
Parker Cundiff

Parker Cundiff joined the TAMUK football program in 2015.

Cundiff will spend the 2018 season as the tight ends coach and assistant special teams coordinator, while Fiegener will serve as the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach.

The son of former Javelina head coach Richard Cundiff (2000-06), Parker Cundiff spent the last two seasons as the tight ends, full backs and special teams assistant coach before moving into his current position.

A 2012 graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Cundiff first joined the TAMUK staff in December 2015 as the defensive line and special teams graduate assistant coach while working towards his M.S. in educational administration.

During his current tenure, Cundiff helped coach five All-LSC selections in Julio De la Garza (2015 – second team, 2016 – first team), Stehly Reden (2016 – first team, 2017 – first team) and Torrey Thomas (2016 – first team), while Reden (D2CCA) and Thomas (Don Hansen) both earned All-Region honors in 2016 in addition to Thomas' Don Hansen Second Team All-America selection.

Prior to that, Cundiff spent a year working for Wood Group as an oil and gas-measurement technician from 2013 to 2014 following a stint as a substitute teacher at Northside ISD.

While at UTSA, Cundiff was a member of the inaugural Roadrunner football team from 2010 to 2012 as a punter and placekicker before graduating with a B.A. in English and minor in communications.

Cornerbacks Coach
Eddie Moten

Moten joined the TAMUK football program as a graduate assistant in 2018.

Moten was a former standout defensive back for Texas A&M-Kingsville from 2002-03, was a two-time All-LSC first team selection, the 2003 LSC Defensive Back of the Year and a 2003 First Team All-American for the Blue and Gold.

Following his collegiate career, Moten signed with the Rio Grande Valley Dorados of the af2 in 2004, recording 47.5 tackles, two forced fumbles, 10 interceptions and 18 pass breakups on his way to a First Team All-af2 honor.

Moten would go on to play for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League from 2005-08, helping the team to a victory in ArenaBowl XXII over the San Jose SaberCats. During his time in the AFL, Moten was a two-time First Team All-Arena selection in 2006 and 2007 to go with his second team honors in 2008.

Moten’s time in the Arena Football League also included stops with the Dallas Vigilantes, San Jose SaberCats, Orlando Predators, New Orleans VooDoo and the Las Vegas Outlaws. He completed his time in the AFL with 555 tackles, 129 pass breakups, 56 interceptions, nine touchdowns, four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Assistant Running Backs / Full Backs Coach
Beau Burleson

Burleson joined the TAMUK football program in 2018 as a graduate assistant coach.

Prior to coming to Kingsville, Burleson graduated from Sam Houston State in 2016 where he was a student assistant for two years under Kyle Segler, now the tight ends coach for Louisiana-Monroe.

Assistant Wide Receivers Coach
Luke Walters

Walters joined the TAMUK football program as a graduate assistant for the 2018 season.

Walters comes to Kingsville after spending the previous two years at Baylor as a student assistant coach for the Bears. Walters broke down game film of the offensive opponents to create scouting reports for the defensive staff while at Baylor.

Prior to Baylor, Walters spent a year as a head coach for the seven-on-seven passing team at Pleasanton High School, working on technical skills with the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. Before that, Walters played for LSC foe A&M-Commerce for a season as a quarterback before transferring to Baylor.

A 2013 graduate of Pleasanton H.S. where he started all four years as quarterback, Walters received his B.A. in international studies from Baylor in Winter 2017.