Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced Wednesday, the hiring of Romeo Bandison as the Aggies’ new defensive line coach. (Pronounced row-may-oh)
“We feel very fortunate to have hired defensive line coach of Romeo Bandison’s caliber,” Walker said. “He comes from a BCS school in Colorado and a program in Boise State with a great winning tradition. I feel he will do an excellent job to take our defensive line to the next level.”
Bandison spent five years as defensive line coach at Colorado from 2005-2010, as he was one of four assistants to join former Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins when he accepted the Colorado position in December 2005.
Bandison was Boise State's defensive line coach for five seasons. Under Bandison, the Bronco defensive line anchored one of the top rushing defenses in the country for four seasons (2002-05), as the Broncos ranked in the top 16 in rushing defense all four of those years: 15th in 2005, 10th in 2004, 11th in 2003 and 16th in 2002.
He had an immediate impact at Colorado, tutoring All-Big 12 Conference defensive end Abraham Wright in 2006, who with 11½ quarterback sacks, registered the most in that category by a Buffalo in 13 seasons. His defensive line was a key component in limiting opponents to just 112.4 rushing yards per game.
In 2007, he coached tackle George Hypolite to All-Big 12 honors, the first non-senior Buff defensive lineman to earn first-team all-conference honors since 1996. Once again, his defensive front played a big role in plugging the run as the Buffs ranked 31st nationally in allowing just 128 yards per game. Hypolite earned second-team honors as a senior in 2008. He had the responsibility of tutoring nearly a senior-less defensive front in 2009 (the unit had just two seniors, one a walk-on), and was fairly inexperienced with four sophomores and three freshmen (two true) playing the bulk of the snaps.
At BSU in 2005, two of his players garnered All-Western Athletic Conference honors, Alex Guerrero (first-team) and Andrew Browning (second-team); both were honorable mention performers the previous year. In fact, in his final four years in Boise, he had two linemen recognized with postseason honors each of those seasons, as defensive end Julius Roberts earned first-team All-WAC honors, while Dane Oldham was an honorable mention All-WAC selection in 2003, and in 2002, both Ryan Nelson and Oldham were named to All-WAC teams.
Bandison began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Oregon, where he was a standout player for the Ducks before joining the coaching staff. During the 1999 and 2000 seasons, he served as a graduate assistant for the Ducks, working with the defensive line and coordinating the defensive scout team. Oregon made consecutive postseason bowl appearances in those two seasons, winning both the Sun Bowl (1999) and Holiday Bowl (2000).
He also served a two-week internship with the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League prior to the 2002 season.
Bandison earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 1994 from the University of Oregon, where he lettered as a defensive end and nose guard for the Ducks from 1990-93. Oregon advanced to two bowl games during his playing career, the Freedom Bowl in 1990 and the Independence Bowl in 1992.
Following his senior season, Bandison played in the Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine Classic all-star games before being selected in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Bandison continued his NFL career the next three years (1995-97) as a defensive tackle with the Washington Redskins. He completed his professional playing career in 1998 with the Amsterdam Admirals of the World Football League.
He was born February 12, 1971 in The Hague, The Netherlands, and moved to the United States as a youth and would graduate from Tamalpis High School (Mill Valley, Calif.), where he lettered in football. He is married to the former Amy Kowalewski, and the couple has fraternal twins, Dominic and Olivia.