MINERS

Brian Natkin
 Brian Natkin

Position:
Tight Ends Coach/Special Team Coordinator

Alma Mater:
UTEP, 2003

01/11/2013

Kugler Retains Franklin, Natkin & Rodriguez, Finalizes Staff

UTEP's Sean Kugler announced on Friday that he has retained Gabe Franklin, Brian Natkin and Robert Rodriguez from the previous football coaching staff.

01/08/2013

Football Head Coach Sean Kugler Hires Offensive and Defensive Coordinators

Higgins Returns to UTEP as Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach, Kugler Calls on Choate to Coordinate Defense

11/05/2012

UTEP Football to Take on UCF, Will Honor Military on Saturday

Fans can purchase one adult bronze reserved or general admission ticket and receive a youth ticket free in the same section. Sodexho will also be offering a family food special with four hot dogs and four soft drinks for $25.

09/24/2012

Game 5: Miners Open League Play at East Carolina

The Miners open Conference USA action when they take on East Carolina on Saturday in Greenville, N.C.

09/17/2012

Game 4: Miners to Play Final Non-Conference Opponent at Wisconsin

UTEP wraps up the non-conference portion of its 2012 schedule at Big Ten power Wisconsin.

01/11/2013

UTEP's Sean Kugler announced on Friday that he has retained Gabe Franklin, Brian Natkin and Robert Rodriguez from the previous football coaching staff.

UTEP's Sean Kugler announced on Friday that he has retained Gabe Franklin, Brian Natkin and Robert Rodriguez from the previous football coaching staff.

Former UTEP consensus All-American Brian Natkin was named a full-time assistant to the program in December of 2011. He spent the 2012 season serving as the Miners' offensive line coach before assuming the position of tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. He will add special teams coordinator to his list of responsibilities for the 2014 campaign.

The tight ends assumed a more focal role in the offense in 2013, combining for 542 yards on 48 catches. The year prior, they tallied 23 receptions for 252 yards. Eric Tomlinson was second on the team in catches (30) and third in yardage (304) in 2013. He was one of three tight ends to reach the end zone a year ago, along with Kevin Perry and Craig Wenrick. Tomlinson was an honorable mention All-Conference USA player.

Natkin's efforts during the 2012 season were evident as both center Eloy Atkinson and right tackle James Nelson secured spots on the honorable mention All-Conference USA squad. Sophomore running back Nathan Jeffery enjoyed a breakthrough campaign as a result of the play of the offensive line.

Natkin returned to his alma mater after a five-year stint at NCAA Division II Midwestern State. The Mustangs were a combined 41-15, including 10-1 in 2011, and claimed the 2009 Lone Star Conference title. Natkin mentored three All-Americans (Tony Burson, Lance Calloway and Amini Silatolu) and numerous all-conference selections while at MWSU. In 2011 the offensive line surrendered just nine sacks in 11 games and the Mustangs led the nation in total offense (531.9 ypg) and scoring (48.6 ppg), while ranking second in rushing (323.5 ypg).

Prior to his stint in Wichita Falls, Natkin coached one season at Northern Colorado where he developed an offensive line that paved the way for 1,000-yard rusher Andre Wilson. Natkin served as a graduate assistant at UTEP in 2004 and 2005, working with the offense and tight ends. He tutored second-team All-WAC performer Jonas Crafts (2004) and honorable mention freshman All-American Jamar Hunt (2005).

One of two consensus All-Americans in program history, Natkin led all tight ends nationally with 64 catches for 787 yards in 2000. He ended his career with 172 receptions for 1,934 yards. He was a three-time first team All-WAC selection (1998-2000). Natkin was recently named to UTEP's Centennial Football Team.

Following his career at UTEP, Natkin spent time in the NFL with Tennessee (2001-02) and was in camp with St. Louis (2003). He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UTEP in 2003.

The San Antonio native is married to the former Stacy Zimmerman, who starred in volleyball at UTEP. The couple has two children - Brock and Lauren.