NFL Coaching vet Valero joins UWSP football staff
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) football head coach Greg Breitbach announced the hiring of Art Valero as assistant football coach – offensive line Friday, April 26.
Valero brings experience coaching at the NFL, CFL and NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) levels.
“We’re excited to have Coach Art Valero joining our staff,” said Breitbach. “His coaching background and experience in the NFL and in the NCAA will be an asset to this program. It was easy to see from his interview that he has exceptional ability to teach and coach the schemes and techniques associated with a good offensive line. Above all, Art is a genuine person, he is highly motivated and he is a professional football coach that can make positive, lifelong impacts on the players he’ll coach at UWSP.”
Valero comes to UWSP with 34 years of coaching and teaching experience. Most recently, Valero worked with The Spring League, an elite development league and scouting event for professional football talent.
He brings an extensive resume of NFL experience as well. Valero began his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent six years on the staff of Jon Gruden. He was the tight ends coach on the 2002 team that won Super Bowl XXXVII. In 2004, he moved to running backs coach and assistant head coach through 2007.
Valero moved to the St. Louis Rams in 2008 for two seasons as an assistant head coach, working with the running backs and offensive line. He made stops with the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans as an offensive line coach, before returning to the college ranks in 2013.
In 2013 and 2014, Valero was the tight ends coach at Colorado State. He has also had collegiate coaching stops at Louisville (1998-2001), Utah State (1995-97), Idaho (1990-94), New Mexico (1987-89), Long Beach State (1984-86), Iowa State (1983) and Boise State (1981-82).
Valero played for Boise State and won the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship in 1980. He graduated from Boise State with a degree in sociology in 1981.
Valero and his wife, Alicia, have five children, sons Kyle and Brandon, and daughters Kimberly, Alexa and Cami. Kyle is an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys and Brandon is a tight end on the NCAA Division 1 University of Akron football team.