Staff
Head Coach
John Pearce

A 2016 ASC Coach of the Year John Pearce enters his fourth season as Sul Ross State University's head football coach.

In his third year as head coach Pearce guided the Lobos to their first winning season in ten years as Sully finished up the 2016 slate with a 6-4 mark, 4-2 in ASC competition.

Sul Ross finished the year at third in the ASC standings, its highest finish since 2012 at fourth. It is also its second-highest finish after tying Hardin-Simmons for first place in 1996.

Pearce, who joined the Lobos after serving as the defensive line coach at Blinn Community College in Brenham, brought more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to SRSU when he began his duties with the Lobos in January, 2014.

In his first season, Pearce and his staff got the Lobo program moving in the right direction. SRSU went 2-8, and was competitive in most of their games, losing once by a single points, three times by eight or fewer points, and another time by 15 points.

Pearce joined the Blinn College staff in 2013 after nine years at Prairie View A&M University, including two as defensive coordinator. He has also coached at Catholic University in Washington, D.C; Bowie State University in Prince George County, MD; Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV; and Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA.

A 1991 graduate of the University of Delaware, majoring in health and physical education, Pearce received a master’s degree in secondary education from Bowie State. He and his wife, Samantha Krumpe, have two sons, Max and Calvin.

Offensive Coordinator-Offensive Line
Tyler Card

Tyler Card enters his second season as offensive line coach. Card served as coach of the offensive line at Pace University after serving in the same capacity for two years at Weber State.

Prior to Weber State he coached the offensive line and served as recruiting coordinator at Southern Virginia University from 2010 to 2012.

Card was a three year letterman at SVU from 2007 to 2009 and was a member of the 2007 conference championship team. He earned Second Team All State Virginia honors that same season and was an NAIA All American Honorable Mention in 2009.

Card played his freshman year at Mesa Community College where he was a team captain and a recepient of the Best Offensive Lineman Award.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Southern Virginia in 2010 and his Master’s Degree from Weber State in 2014 in Professional Communication.

Card and his wife, Danielle, are the proud parents of their one-year old son, Rocky.

Defensive Coordinator
Michael Vite

Michael Vite was named defensive coordinator at Sul Ross State University in February, 2018.

Vite served as linebacker's and special teams coach at Florida A&M University for three seasons before arriving in Alpine.

His linebacker corps led the teams in tackles in 2017.

While at FAMU, Vite rebuilt the team academic standard in facilitating the graduation of more players than in previous seasons.

Vite's linebackers led the team with the highest GPA.

From 2013 to 2015, Vite served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Texas Southern University.

He worked with TSU staff to develop academic strategies to improve team academic progress rate (APR).

In 2014, Vite's defense was ranked No. 2 conference-wide and No. 1 in pass defense. His 2014 teams also held a conference-best in third down conversions limiting opponent offenses to 31 percent.

Before TSU, Vite had stops in The Apprentice School (Newport News, Va./2008-12, head football coach), Guilford College (Greensboro, NC/2006-08, Defensive Coordinator), Morgan State University (Baltimore, Md./2005-06, Defensive Coordinator), Bacone College (Muskogee, OK./2004-05, Defensive Coordinator), Murray State University (Murray, Ky./2001-04, Defensive Coordinator), Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Il./2000-01, Defensive Coordinator and Interim Head Coach) and Southern University (Baton Rouge, La./1994-00, Defensive and Special Teams Coordinator).

Quarterback/Wide Receiver Coach
Connor Simmons

Connor Simmons enters his first season as Quarterback/Wide Receiver Coach at Sul Ross State University

Before Sul Ross State, Simmons served as the Head Football Coach and physical education teacher at Ganado High School located in Ganado, Arizona. Prior to Ganado, he served as a graduate assistant at Shepherd University coaching the quarterbacks from 2017-2018.

During his time at Shepherd, the Rams finished the 2017 campaign 10-1 with a conference championship in the MEC. Simmons coached quarterback Connor Jessop at Shepherd University. Jessop finished the year as a Harlon Hill Finalists (4th place in the ballot), 2017 Don Hanson Football Gazette All-Super Region One 1st Team, 2017 D2football.com 2nd Team All-American, 2017 D2CCA All-Super Region 1st Team, 2017 1st Team MEC All Conference, MEC Record Holder with 38 Passing Touchdowns (47 Total TD). Jessop finished the season: 249-394 (63%) 3,532yds 40td- 9int, (Rushing) 61-355yds 6td.

Simmons was a three-year letterman at Clarion University from 2014 to 2016 as starting quarterback for the Golden Eagles. In 2015, he led the Golden Eagles to a 7-4 finish. He was a Don Hanson 3rd Team All-Region nominee and a Harlon Hill Candidate. During his junior year, he finished with 3,582 passing yards 34 passing touchdowns (Single season record holder completions, attempts, passing yards, passing touchdowns). In 2016, he finished the year with 2,424 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns. For his career, Simmons finished with 7,814 passing yards, 67 passing touchdowns, 9 rushing touchdowns. He owns the career records in Touchdown passes, yards/game, passing efficiency.

Simmons played his freshman year at Erie Community College where he was a team captain.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Clarion University in 2016 and his Master’s Degree from Shepherd University in 2019 in Secondary Education.

Simmons resides in Alpine, Texas.

Defensive Line Coach
Miles Brandon

Miles Brandon was named defensive line coach at Sul Ross State University in August, 2018.

2016-17-Miles served as the Defensive Line/Linebackers Coach at Hempstead High School for 2 years before arriving in Alpine.
He had 4- First Team All-District Defensive Lineman in 2016. The Defensive Line led the team in sacks that year.
He had 1-First Team All-District Linebacker-led the team in tackles 2017.

2015-Texas Southern University-Coach the Defensive Line/Interim Strength & Conditioning Coach-Defense finished 5th in the conference in total defense best since 2010. Had one All SWac-1st Team Defensive Lineman-Derrick Lyles-signed with the Maine Mammoths of the Arena League.

2005-14-Miles spent almost 10 years at Prairie View A&M University coaching the defensive line and coordinating the Strength & Conditioning Program for football.
While at Prairie View A&M University, he help rebuild a program who at one time had the longest losing streak in the nation, from 2007-2010 had 4 winning seasons and won a SWAC championship in 2009. This had not been done in over 45 years. While at Prairie View in 2006, set a school record for fewest yards by an opponent after holding Edward Waters to -35 yds rushing in a game

2007- The defensive line was instrumental in helping the team capture its first winning season in four decades.

2009-The defense was one of the top units on the FCS level as they were ranked 3rd nationally in rush and total defense.

2011-The defensive line accounted for 34.5 sacks of total of 48 sacks & 10 force fumbles, led FCS 1st Team All-American & First Team All SWAC & Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Led the Nation in Sacks with 20.5-Adrian Hamilton
Miles Brandon also had 4 players signed Free-Agent contracts in the NFL:

2008-Jermaine McGhee-DE-1st Team All SWAC-finished second in sacks with 11 sacks in 2006-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs/Buffalo Bills

2011-Quinton Spears-Two time 1st Team All-SWAC & 1st Team All-American-Finished the 2010 senior season with 70 tackles & 5 sacks-signed with the Miami Dolphins/Cleveland Browns

2012- Adrian Hamilton-2011-1st Team All-SWAC/Co-Defensive Player of the Year-broke the conference record in sacks with 20.5-Led the nation in sacks that year-20.5 sacks-First Team FCS All-American/Buck Buchannan Finalist for the Nation top Defensive Player-signed with the Dallas Cowboys/Baltimore Ravens played in Super Bowl 2013.

2013-Jarvis Reed-finished the 2012 senior season with 67 tackles & 8 sacks-signed with the Green Bay Packers

2000-03-Miles was the Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach at Lane College in Jackson, TN- In 2001, He was promoted to Head Football Coach
His defensive line & defense was rank in the top 3 categories in the SIAC for total defense, rush defense and pass efficiency from 2000-03.

2000- Defense finished 3rd in total rush def-136.9 per game 3rd in sacks- 30 sacks, 3rd in pass eff-120.2 per game

2001-Defense finished 4th in total rush-139.2 per game, 4th in sacks 28 sacks, 4th in pass eff-125.2 yds per game

2002-Defense finished 2nd total def, total rush-102.5 per game, 2nd in sacks 30 sacks, 3rd in pass eff-128.2 yds per game.
Had biggest win in school history vs FCS opponent in 2002 vs Univ of Ark-Pine Bluff
Had one player signed a Free Agent contract-Ron Smith-DT-Carolina Panthers-in 2001

1995-2000-Brandon was the Defensive Line Coach/Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY-(Alumnus-Phil Simms)

Defensive line finished in the top 3 categories in rushing, total defense and sacks from 1996-98. Helped the school achieved its first winning season in 1996 and school amassed 4 winning seasons.

Before Morehead State University, Brandon had stops at (1994-Troy University-DE’s Coach, 1993-Graduate Assistant-Clarion Univ of PA, 1991-93-Urbana University-Def-Line Coach, 1990-Middletown High School-Def Line Coach, 1988-89-Springfield South High School-Co-Defensive Coord/Def-line Coach.

Coach Brandon is married to Latonya C. Brandon. The couple have two children, Summer (17) and Jordan (15).