Sul Ross State rounds out football staff with four new hires


Sul Ross Athletics has announced its coaching staff for the Fall 2021 football season with several new and familiar faces joining the Pack.

“I am excited to find three qualified and dedicated coaches at what is the most inconvenient time of the year,” said head coach John Pearce.

Eric Eisenberg – Defensive Coordinator

Coach Eisenberg has been promoted to defensive coordinator after spending the Spring 2021 season as linebackers coach.

Eisenberg coached ASC All-Conference linebacker Hunter Bunch in the 2020 season.

Before Sul Ross, Eisebnerg spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator at North Broward Preparatory School in Florida.

“Coach Eisenberg was promoted to the DC position after one year as the linebacker coach. He has done a great job moving into the position and keeping some of the concepts we put into play last year,” said Pearce.

Barry Derickson – Offensive Coordinator

Derickson joined the Lobos in August, 2021 as the new offensive coordinator.

He spent the Spring 2021 season as tight ends coach at Valparaiso University. He helped Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tied for its best since 1999. The Crusaders were the Pioneer Football League runner-ups, the programs highest finish in league standings since winning the PFL Championship in 2003.

Derickson served as the defensive line coach at Wisconsin Stevens Point from July 2018 to July 2019 and also filled the roles of travel and fundraising coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator.

He served as a quality control analyst at Eastern Kentucky University from January 2018 to July 2018.

Derickson has spent time coaching in the American Southwest Conference. He was co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Howard Payne University from July 2014 to July 2016. While at HPU, the Yellow Jackets set a conference record for single-game total offense and ranked among the top 25 nationally in fewest sacks allowed. He guided five linemen to all-conference recognition.

“Coach Derickson has interviewed with me on multiple occasions. He is well prepared to take control of the offense,” said Pearce. “Barry has several coaching stops in Texas including Howard Payne, Angelo State and Navarro Junior College. He understands the mission of Sul Ross State University and fits right into Alpine.”

Bryce Saracene – Quarterbacks and Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator

A three-year letterman in the secondary for the Lobos, Saracene returns at his Alma Mater to coach the quarterbacks and receivers while also serving as the passing game coordinator.

Saracene most recently coached at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches in Spring 2021. There he worked with the quarterbacks and recruiting as a graduate assistant.

He started his coaching career as a student assistant at Lamar University where he worked with the secondary for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He then helped build the number one pass defense in the Southland Conference in his second season at Lamar.

“Bryce is a former Lobo. This young, high energy coach will be the next Scotty Walden,” remarked Pearce. “I’ve been lucky to interview several former Lobos over the past few years, but he was the first to accept the offer. What a great hire for this University and the program. He received his undergraduate and graduate degree from Sul Ross.”

Nicholas West – Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach

West joins the Lobos as special teams coordinator and defensive line coach.

He spent the Spring 2021 football season at Northwestern State University, assisting with the Demon offensive line and special teams.

West spent the previous seven years coaching high school football in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. There he won three state championships during his time at Parkview Baptist (2015 champions) and University Laboratory School (2017-18 champions).

In 2019, West coached at Walker High School in Louisiana, helping lead the Wildcats to their first playoff victory in 20 years. West returned to University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge for the 2020 season as the Cubs’ special teams coordinator and defensive line coach.

“Coach West comes to the Lobos from Northwestern State University where he worked with Saracene in Louisiana,” said Pearce. “He brings a great wealth of experience and is full of energy. He really has the players playing with passion and effort.”

Rounding out the coaching staff:

Billy Jack Ray – Volunteer Assistant/Running Backs

Zachary Juarez – Student Assistant/Outside Linebackers/Head Equipment

Kenneth Braimer – Graduate Assistant/Wide Receivers

Job Mason – Graduate Assistant/Defensive Backs

Robert Cervantes – Student Assistant

Williton Grear – Volunteer Assistant