Football


The Wranglers are part of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. The Cisco CollegeFootball Team offers an excellent opportunity for student athletes, including recently remodeled dorms and a top-notch facility. Scholarships and grants are available to qualified student athletes. 

Head Coach: Russell Thompson
Defensive Coordinator: Jessie Green              Offensive Coordinator: Ryan Taylor
Defensive Backs: Mark Gibson                         Offensive Line: Samuel Jenkins
Running Backs: Wawa Leota

Schedule & Scores

  • Facilities

    Home of the Cisco College Wranglers, Chesley Field holds 3000 and is located at 300 Front St. in Cisco, Texas

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    Adjacent to Chesley Field is our indoor practice facility utilized pre-game and during off-season.

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  • Coaching Staff

    Russell Thompson

    Head Coach
    russell.thompson@cisco.edu

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    Coach Thompson begins his first season as Head Coach at Cisco College, after spending six seasons as the Defensive Coordinator at Tyler Jr. College. Thompson started his coaching career at East Central University serving as the running backs coach in 1997-98. He spent the 1999 season coaching at Sulphur High School, in Sulphur, Oklahoma for Head Coach Jim Dixon. Thompson then spent four seasons at Kilgore College coaching the running backs from 2000-03. He spent the 2004 season at West Texas A&M University coaching the defensive line, before returning to the junior college ranks as defensive line coach at Garden City CC in 2005-06. He returned to Kilgore College in 2007-10 as Defensive Coordinator, helping the Rangers reach the playoffs in every season.  Prior to being named HC for the Wranglers, Thompson served as DC for Tyler Jr College from 2011-16. Thompson is an East Texas native, graduating from Jacksonville High School. Thompson is married to his wife, Susan, of 21 years and has a daughter named Rebecca, 10.


    Jessie Green 

    Defensive Coordinator
    jessie.green@cisco.edu

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    Coach Green is entering his 1st season as the Defensive Coordinator and his 4th year as a Defensive Line coach. Green’s coaching experience started at his alma mater, Tyler Junior College, for three seasons from 2014-2016. He served primarily as the Defensive Line Coach. After graduating high school from Mount Pleasant, Texas in 2006, Green attended Tyler Junior College for two seasons (2006-2008). After graduating with his Associates Degree in General Studies, Green transferred to Tarleton State in 2010. Coach Green played two seasons in Stephenville, TX, playing for coaches Sam McElroy and Cary Fowler as head coaches. After graduating with his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Business Administration in 2012, Green signed a free agent CFL contract with the Montreal Alouettes and was later traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats back in 2013. Coach Green comes from an athletic background, his sister was a four time All-American in four sports. She currently resides in Longview, Texas. His father retired from the National Football League after five seasons three with the Green Bay Packers and two and a half seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He currently resides in Mount Pleasant Texas.


    Mark Gibson 

    Defensive Backs
    mark.gibson@cisco.edu

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    Coach Gibson, a 30 year veteran of the coaching profession, was born in Dallas, Texas where he prepped as a 4-year starter at Duncanville High School as Quarterback. Gibson continued his education at Southern Methodist University graduating in 1982, after a career as a 2-year starter and 4-year letter winner at safety. After playing his final game, Gibson accepted his first coaching assignment as a student assistant coach while finishing his studies at SMU. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Physical Education. Gibson then made stops in coaching at Oklahoma State University, where he worked on his Masters and coached the defensive backs. Gibson coached for the 1984 OSU Cowboys, working for coaches Jimmy Johnson and Pat Jones. Gibson also made a coaching stop at the University of Miami, where in 1985 the Hurricanes played the University of Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl for the National Championship. All while coaching for the legendary football coach Jimmy Johnson. Gibson’s other coaching stops include New Mexico State, UNLV, and Head Coach at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gibson returned to Texas where he coached at W.T. White high school in Dallas and then conference rivals TVCC, Tyler Junior College and Lon Morris. Most recently he took the Defensive Coordinator job at Mississippi Delta C.C., and lastly returned back to Dallas, coaching at Parish Episcopal HS before rejoining Coach Russell Thompson at Cisco College in January. Gibson and his fiancé Julie, enjoy traveling and showing Julie's Championship cutting horses in their spare time. Gibson's Mom and Dad, Linda and Johnny, are retired and live in Grand Prairie.


    Wawa Leota 

    Running Backs
    auauna.leota@cisco.edu 

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    Coach Leota started his coaching career in January of 2017 at Cisco Junior College. Leota is originally from Kansas City, MO, before moving to Texas his seventh grade year. He’s the third oldest in a family of 8, all originally from the islands of American Samoa. He was raised by parents who instilled a hard work ethic in him and his siblings. Coach Leota played on both sides of the ball at Euless Trinity High School under Head Coach Steve Lineweaver. Leota played in back to back 5A State Championships (2010- 2011), winning the big one in 2010. During his senior year at Trinity, Leota was named the District 6-5A All Purpose Player of the Year, along with All State honors. Leota started his college career at Tyler Junior College under Coach Russell Thompson. During Coach Leota’s two years playing under Coach Thompson, he was two-time all-conference at defensive tackle, while also contributing at short-yardage running back. After Tyler Junior College, he was blessed to sign with Montana State. Shortly after departing from Montana State, Coach Leota and his wife, Koleti were blessed to have their beautiful daughter, Olivia in 2015. Coach Leota and his wife Koleti, have been together for seven years and they are going on their third year of marriage. Coach Leota is extremely blessed with an amazing family and an outstanding coaching staff. He’s excited and proud to be a part of the Wrangler family and the community of Cisco. Go Wranglers! 


    Ryan Taylor 

    Offensive Coordinator
    ryan.taylor@cisco.edu

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    Coach Taylor will begin his fifth season in coaching, his first at Cisco College. Beginning in 2013, he spent the previous four seasons at Tyler Junior College, serving as the Offensive Line Coach, taking on the duties of Offensive Coordinator during the past two seasons. Taylor’s prep days were spent in Denison, TX where he graduated in 2006, playing for Coach Bob Brown. After high school, Taylor enrolled at Tyler Junior College for two seasons (2007-2008), where he was a two-time All-Conference selection playing offensive line. After earning his Associates Degree in General Studies, he moved onto the University of California – Los Angeles where he played two seasons for Coach Rick Neuheisel and OC Norm Chow (2009-2010). Taylor was an All-Pac-10 selection his senior season in 2010. In 2011, Taylor graduated from U.C.L.A. with his Bachelors of Arts in History. Following graduation, he signed a Free Agent contract with the New Orleans Saints and spent the 2011 season playing for Coach Sean Payton. Coach Taylor’s parents still reside in Denison, TX, and one brother, Jordan is going on his third season playing WR for the Denver Broncos.


    Samuel Jenkins 

    Offensive Line
    samuel.jenkins@cisco.edu

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    Coach Jenkins is the youngest member of the Cisco College Wranglers football coaching staff. Jenkins is originally from Austin, Texas but graduated from Duncanville High School 2012. He is a junior college product who graduated with an Associates degree from Tyler Junior College in the fall of 2014 where he was awarded First Team All-Conference honors, and played under Coach Thompson, Coach Gibson, Coach Taylor, and Coach Green. Jenkins and Coach Leota were teammates during the 2013 season at Tyler. After graduating from T.J.C., Jenkins took his talents to the deep south and got his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice, from Alabama State University in Montgomery where he was a two year starter until an unforeseen lower-body injury cut his career short halfway through his senior season in 2016. He was invited to multiple F.C.S. all-star games but did not attend because of his injuries. He then joined the A.S.U. staff as an Offensive assistant through the summer of 2017, and was later hired by Cisco College. He grew up with is mother, Lisa Jenkins, a choir teacher at Lincoln High School and a Minister of Music at Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and his younger brother, Aaron Jenkins, a fellow offensive lineman, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • Player Checklist

    Step One: Admissions Application

    Complete an Admissions Application online
    1. Click to APPLY NOW
    2. Complete the information and submit
    3. Have your High School/GED transcripts for all schools AND current shot record sent to:

    Cisco College Admissions
    101 College Heights
    Cisco, TX 76437

    Step Two: Financial Aid Application

    IMPORTANT: Needs to be completed by July 1 for it to be in place at the time of registration. If not in place for registration, be prepared to pay in full or arrange a payment plan for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Contact Financial Aid with questions at (254) 442-5150.

    Step Three: Take the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) and Housing Application

    You may be exempt from the TSI. If you graduated from a high school in Texas, your STAAR scores can make you exempt. Click here to find out if you are exempt.

    The TSI is offered at local community colleges and universities across the state, including Cisco College. If you wish to take the exam at Cisco, contact the counselors Leigh Dycus (254) 442-5023 or Misty Taylor (254) 442-5024.

    Also, call the counselors to check for orientation dates over the summer

    Be sure to submit your Housing Application:

    1. Visit the Student Life page
    2. Click on "Campus Living" 
    3. Scroll down to the "Residential Life" section and follow the instructions. 

    For any questions, contact Lori Grubbs at (254) 442-5022.

  • Former Players

    2015 Class

    Richard Lagow, Indiana University

    Broderick Thomas, University of Alabama-Birmingham

    Greg Peace, University of Houston

    Marcus Daggs, Lamar University

    Greg Hardaway, SE Louisiana University

    Malik Ellis, Texas A&M Commerce

    Tyler Hogan, Lindenwood University

    Chris Johnson, West Texas A&M University

    Chris Gordon III, Tarleton State University

    Michael Knobloch, Tarleton State University

    Eric Conley, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

    Petar Stosic, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

    Aaryn Sharp, Northern Michigan University

    2014 Class

    Rey Baltazar, Louisiana-Monroe

    John O'Brien, Arizona State University

    Richard Griffin III, Abilene Christian University

    Carl Whitley, Abilene Christian University

    Tre' Johnson, University of North Texas

    Blake Turlington, Tarleton State University

    Devvon Miles, Tarleton State University

    Camron Owens, Tarleton State University

    Kenny Higgins, Tarleton State University

    Robert Gardner, SE Oklahoma State University

    Randel Clark, Texas A&M Commerce

    Wyatt Egan, Tarleton State University

    2013 Class

    Airron Cowthran, Lincoln Univeristy

    Dez Willis, Texas A&M Kingsville

    Johnathan Bowen, Texas Southern University

    Deion Price, Missouri Southern University

    Mario Henderson, Oklahoma Baptist University

    Jacob Harler, Charleston State University

    Felipe Parra, West Texas A&M University

    Hayden Vinson, Texas Tech University

    Blake Thomas, University of Colorado - Pueblo 

    Earnest Thomas, Langston University

    Jacorey McQueen, East Texas Baptist University

    Nick Sierra, SE Oklahoma State University

    Marquis Elder, SE Oklahoma State University

    Webster Jones, SE Oklahoma State University

    2012 Class

    Will Clark, Tarleton State University

    Casey McKenna, SE Oklahoma State University

    Devante Cloud, Texas State (Track)

    Terrell Smith, Texas State University

    Gerald Warner, Ouchita Baptist University

    Amaris Fields, Carson Newman

    Chase Anderson, Prairie View A&M

    John Andrews, SE Louisiana State

    Adam Curran, Lamar University

    Cedric Gilbert, Abilene Christian University

    Chris Thomas, UTEP

    Jordan Hamilton, Texas Tech University

    Ricky Pratt, University of North Texas

    Taylor Bible, Carson Newman

    Ross Hudson, Carson Newman

    AJ Stevenson, Faulkner University

    2011 Class

    Kali Rashaad, UTEP

    Tyrus McGlothen, Lamar University

    Jacob Morgan, Lamar University

    Lorenza Young, Nicholls State University

    Trent Davis, Angelo State University

    Tanner Henry, Anglelo State University

    Anthony Lewis, Angelo State University

    Jamal Nero, Texas Tech University

    Tavian Parnell, NW Oklahoma State University

    Charles Plaster, Henderson State University

    Etauj Allen, Ouachita Baptist University

    Terrance Franklin, SW Oklahoma University

    Tyler Wright, Lousiana Monroe

    Evan Perry, Lousiana Lafayette 

    Clifton Bellard, Bacone College

    Sterling Jones, Bacone College

    Chris Frazier, ETBU

    Corey McNeil, ETBU