Tarleton State - Football

FOOTBALL SUPPORT STAFF

 

Tate Whitten
Athletic Assistant Coach

When the 2018-19 year begins, Tate Whitten will begin his first year as a full-time athletic assistant coach. In this role, Whitten will assist multiple sports for duties as assigned including the football team as the wide receivers coach.
 
Whitten spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach with the athletic department, helping Tarleton win 11 games over the last two seasons and qualify for the Corsicana Bowl in 2017. His transition to the sidelines came after a four-year playing career for the Texans as a receiver.
 
He earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Tarleton in 2016. He came to Tarleton from Frisco Heritage High School where he was a standout student-athlete.

 

Blake Brockett
Graduate Assistant Football Coach

When the 2018 football season begins, Blake Brockett will begin his first season as a graduate assistant football coach. He will assist on the defensive side of the football.
 
Brockett makes his debut on the sidelines coaching alongside his former mentor from Colorado Mesa, Marcus Patton. Brockett played two seasons for Patton at Mesa as a safety and outside linebacker during his four-year playing career in Grand Junction.
 
He was a part of three RMAC Championship teams during his playing career. He made over 100 career tackles and four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He made two interceptions against South Dakota Mines in 2016 to clinch the RMAC Championship.
 
He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Colorado Mesa University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the same field.

 

Armani Lonardo
Graduate Assistant Football Coach


When the 2018 football season begins, Armani Lonardo will begin his first season as a graduate assistant football coach for Tarleton. He will assist on the offensive side of the ball, as well as with special teams.
 
Lonardo comes to Tarleton after spending two years as a graduate assistant for Southeastern University in Florida. During his time at Southeastern, Lonardo worked with the safeties and wide receivers while assisting with special teams both years.
 
During his time, Southeastern won back-to-back conference championships in the Sun and Mid-South Conference with a 14-5 overall record. In 2016, Southeastern was ranked in the top 10 in multiple defensive statistical categories, including No. 3 in rushing defense and No. 9 in total defense. Last year, the team spent the season ranked among the top five in multiple offensive categories, including No. 1 in scoring offense and No. 3 in total offense per game.
 
Lonardo helped coach three of Southeastern’s top players to national recognition. Jarrell Reynolds was a back-to-back nominee for the NAIA Player of the Year award while Kamario Bell was named the Offensive Freshman of the Year. Kicker Caleb Winter led the nation in total scoring (kicking) and scoring (kicking) per game last season.
 
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Lonardo earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida Atlantic University.

 

Carlos Teal
Graduate Assistant Football Coach


When the 2018 football season begins, Carlos Teal will begin his first year as a defensive graduate assistant football coach. He will assistant with the defensive backs.
 
Teal comes to Tarleton after a four-year playing career at Sam Houston State in Huntsville. Teal was a safety and cornerback during his time with the Bearkats. He racked up 64 career tackles, including 41 during the 2016 campaign in which Sam Houston State won the Southland Conference Championship. Teal was a part of two conference championship teams (2014 and 2016).
 
Prior to competing at Sam Houston, Teal was a standout defender at Diboll High School where he was a two-time all-district selection.
 
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology earlier this year and is pursuing a master’s degree in the same field at Tarleton.

 

Benjamin Seifert
Graduate Assistant Football Coach

When the 2018 football season begins, Benjamin Seifert will begin his first season as a graduate assistant coach for the defensive backs, as well as serving as the team’s quality control coach.
 
This will be his second season with the Texan coaching staff after spending last year as a student assistant to the defensive coordinator.
 
Seifert graduated in 2010 from Devine High School where he lettered three years in football and track. After high school, he attended the University of Texas in San Antonio for one year before transferring to Tarleton to complete his undergraduate degree.
 
Seifert earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and, upon completion of his masters, is planning to enlist in the United States Military.