Joe Lorig is in his first year as a member of the UTEP coaching staff. Lorig serves as the Miners' defensive program coordinator.
Lorig spent eight seasons at Idaho State before coming to El Paso. He was the Bengals' defensive coordinator from 2003-06. He had additional responsibilities coaching the linebackers from 2001-04, and the safeties from 2005-06.
Idaho State rated 31st in the NCAA I-AA ranks in rushing defense in 2006. Leading the Bengals was senior linebacker Pago Togafau, who was tied for 11th in I-AA in tackles with 10.6 per contest. The Bengals led the Big Sky Conference and ranked 19th in the country in rushing defense in 2005. In 2004 Idaho State defensive end Jared Allen was chosen by Indianapolis in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Allen is currently with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lorig went to Idaho State from Western Oregon University, where he was secondary coach for two years. He helped the Wolves capture the Columbia Football Association championship in 1997 with the league's second-ranked secondary.
He played for Western Oregon for two seasons, earning All-Conference honors both years as a defensive back. He was also chosen the NAIA Division II National Player of the Week for his performance against Simon Fraser. He started his collegiate career at Walla Walla Community College.
Lorig earned his bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement in 1996 and his master's in Correctional Administration in 1998, both from Western Oregon. He and his wife, Becky, have a daughter, Jordan Madison, who was born in April 2007.