MINERS

Chris Mineo
 Chris Mineo

Position:
Defensive Program Coordinator

Chris Mineo has joined the UTEP staff following a stellar playing career with the Miners.

Mineo lettered from 2002-05, compiling 188 tackles, 30.5 tackles for losses and 14 sacks. He ranks second in school annals in sacks, ninth in tackles for losses and tied for first in blocked kicks (three). Mineo earned first team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a junior after recording 50 stops, 13 tackles for losses and eight sacks. The highlight of his UTEP career was returning a Paul Pinegar interception 17 yards for a touchdown, setting up the Miners' thrilling 24-21 victory at Fresno State in 2004. UTEP went on to finish 8-4 and met Big 12 North Division champion Colorado in the EV1.net Houston Bowl.

Mineo's senior season started with great promise before he suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for seven games. He was credited with 19 tackles, eight tackles for losses and six sacks in the first four contests of the year. Mineo returned for the GMAC Bowl, starting against the Toledo Rockets.

He was with the NFL's Washington Redkins during the 2006 preseason schedule before completing his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from UTEP. Mineo is currently working on a master's degree in early childhood education.

A native of Odessa, Texas, he attended Permian High School which has been made famous by the book, movie and television series Friday Night Lights.