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Coach Profiles



Head Coach

10th Season, 4th Season as Head Coach

Phone: (575) 624-8620

The Forchtner File

Birthdate: January 31, 1978

Hometown: Elkhorn, NE

High School: Elkhorn High School,1996

College: University of Kansas (BS),2001; Delta State University (MA), 2004

NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
USAW Weightlifting

Coaching History

2012 to present: Head Coach, New Mexico Military Institute

2011: Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator, NMMI
2009-10: Defensive Coordinator, New Mexico Military Institute

2006-08: Linebackers,  New Mexico Military Institute

2005-06: Assistant Head Coach, Mount Allison University

2003-04: Safeties,  Delta State University

2002-03: Defensive Tackles, Delta State University

2001-02: Defensive Line/Special Teams, Haskell University

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Delta State defense ranked 2nd in the Gulf South Conference in total defense in 2003 & 2004
  • Achieved Delta States’ 3rd best record in school history in 2004
  • Defense set school’s single season sack record in 2002 at Haskell University
  • 2011 Samson National Strength Coach of the Year – Junior College

Prominent Pupils

Bill Ross, 2010 All-Conference LB
Darrelyn McCloud, 2011 All-Conference DB
Kaulana Waalani-Arroyo, 2011 All-Conference DB
Nathan Mageo, 2008 All-Conference DL
Ronald Pierre, 2008 All WSFL Conference LB
Holland Fiu, 2007 NJCAA All-American LB

Matt Harding (Mount Allison) 2005, All-Canadian LB

Mike Bailey, DE signed by Toronto Argonauts

Anthony Maddux (Delta State) 2003, NCAA D-II All-American, 4th Round draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars
Nick Jackson (NMMI) 2006, All-WSFL LB, NJCAA All-American

Ricky Bigger (Haskell) 2002, All-American DE



Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator

4th Season

Phone: (575) 624-8274

The Thatcher File

Birthdate: April 5, 1986

Hometown: Truth or Consequences, NM

High School: Hot Springs High School

College: New Mexico State University (BS) Kinesiology; New Mexico State University (MA) Curriculum and Instruction

Coaching History:

2015-present: Assistant Head Coach/ Offensive Coordinator, New Mexico Military Institute

2013-2015: Offensive Coordinator, New Mexico Military Institute

2012-2015: 7-on-7 Camp Director, Video Coordinator, New Mexico Military Institute

2012-2013: Wide Receivers Coach, New Mexico Military Institute

2009-2011: New Mexico State University Offensive Graduate Assistant

Coaching Accomplishments

2013: El Toro Bowl Champions (First NMMI Bowl victory since 1999)

Prominent Pupils

Conner Cramer, 2015: First Team All-Conference (WSFL) QB; No. 1 in Conference/No. 7 Nationally in passing yards per game; No. 1 in Conference/No. 5 Nationally in TD passes

Sedarius Young, 2015: Second Team All-Conference (WSFL) WR; No. 1 in Conference/No. 2 Nationally in yard per catch (22.7 YPC)

Troy Gatling, 2015: Second Team All-Conference (WSFL) Returner

Daryl Wiggins, 2015: Honorable Mention All-Conference (WSFL) RB

Derrick Walker, 2014: Second Team All-Conference (WSFL) RB

Quinn Billerman, 2013: Broke the NMMI single season passing yardage record; broke the NMMI single season passing TD Record

Greg Morris, 2013: First Team All-Conference (WSFL) RB

Delvon Carpenter, 2013: Second Team All-Conference (WSFL) WR; led the nation in touchdown receptions (15); Second Team All-Conference (WSFL) Returner; NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week, six catches for 301 yards and four TD’s; Second Team All Conference Kickoff Returner

Recruiting Areas:

2012-2013: Recruiting Coordinator

Playing Experience:

2004-2008: New Mexico State University Wide Receiver


Offensive Line
1st Season

Phone: (575) 624-8307

1st Season

Phone: (575) 624-8307