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Earlier this month WNMU Athletic Director Scott Noble announced the hiring of Philip Vigil as the new head coach of Mustang football. Vigil will replace Frank Tristan who left the position earlier this year to return to Missouri where his wife had taken a job. Vigil arrives at Western with an impressive resume at both the Division I & II levels.
Vigil was an All-Conference QB at Colorado Mesa University. Upon graduation he began his coaching career that generally included involvement with the quarterbacks, running backs, and recruiting. With stops at Ft. Hays, NW Missouri, Colorado Mesa, and D-I Stephen F. Austin. His recruiting classes have always been highly ranked, but probably none more so than while at SFA where he recruited back-to-back #1 ranked recruiting classes. Those classes included several players that had verbal commitments to SEC schools. Among them was Ja'quarion Turner who made First Team All-Conference in 2020 as a freshman.
Coach Vigil admits that when he was first contacted by a mutual friend of his and Scott Noble, he wasn't too interested in the job. But after talking to Noble, he liked the vision Scott had for the football program. Combined with Dr. Shepherd's vision for WNMU, and Coach Vigil was ready to jump in with both feet.
Vigil is familiar with Western football and believes a winning program can be built here. While an assistant at Colorado Mesa, he was part of several games against RMAC foe WNMU that were very exciting. He remembered Mitch Glassman and several of the wide receivers that could move the ball.
SILVER CITY, NM - Western New Mexico University has hired Philip Vigil as the next leader for the Mustangs football team, as announced Monday by University President Dr. Joseph Shepard and Executive Director of Athletics Scott Noble.
"After weeks of searching and many highly qualified candidates, we are extremely excited to announce the hiring of Philip Vigil as our next Head Football Coach. Coach Vigil comes to us after more than 12 years coaching at the Division II level with 6 of those ending in NCAA post season play. He also brings experience as a recruiting coordinator at both the Division I and Division II levels. What immediately stands out about Coach Vigil are his character values, not just as a coach, but as a human being. His moral character and personality is a great fit for our program and our current student athletes," said Executive Director, Scott Noble.
Coach Vigil's football journey started as an All-Conference QB at Colorado Mesa University, sparking his interest in coaching. The 2021 Fall season will mark his 13th year coaching at the collegiate level.