Coaching Staff

Frank Tristan, Head Football Coach

Western New Mexico University Director of Athletics Scott Noble is proud to announce the recent hiring of Frank Tristan as the next Head Football Coach for the Mustangs.

"It is with great excitement and anticipation that I announce Frank Tristan as our new head football coach at Western New Mexico University," Noble said. "Coach Tristan is not only a great football coach and proven winner, but he's a man of high character and integrity. There is no doubt that he will bring an exciting style of football, and will establish a new culture for our program."

Coach Tristan arrives from Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. He has slowly built SAGU into one of the top teams in the NAIA.

"My family and I are very thankful to Dr. Shepard and Scott Noble for the opportunity to be part of the Mustang Family," Coach Tristan said. "We are excited to work with the student-athletes of WNMU and are committed to build a program that the community can be proud of on and off the field."

After taking over the head coaching duties in 2015, the Lions this past year went 8-3, including a 7-1 mark in the Central States Football League and were ranked in the top-20 throughout the season. At one point during the season they reeled off a six-game winning streak and they participated in the NCCAA Victory Bowl to end the year against Campbellsville out of Kentucky.

The Lions ranked in the top-20 in NAIA Division I stats including third in opponent third down conversions (28.7), fourth in PAT success rate (98.1), 11th in field goal percentage (75), 11th in pass defense efficiency (107.7), 13th in total defense allowed per game (325.5), 16th in total passing yards (2,929), 18th in rushing defense allowed per game (129.5), 18th in scoring defense per game (21.9) and 20th in four categories scoring offense per game (36.7), pass offense per game (266.3), total scoring offense (404) and opponent fourth down conversion (37.5).

In two of his three seasons leading SAGU, they posted eight-win seasons, as they also went 8-3 in his first year in 2015. He compiled 20 total victories over the three seasons.

Coach Tristan worked his way up at SAGU after spending the three seasons prior to being head coach as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Before arriving at SAGU, Coach Tristan was at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri. At Kickapoo, he was the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs. Coach Tristan also spent time at Hillcrest High School and Evangel University, also located in Springfield.

During his playing career at Evangel University, Coach Tristan was a two-time Heart of America All-Conference player. His senior year he was named as an Honorable Mention All-American. During his junior year, he helped lead the Crusaders to an 11-1 record. He was a four-year letterman in football and baseball for Evangel.

Paul Hansen, Offensive Coordinator

Paul Hansen is the latest addition to Frank Tristan's coaching staff as he will join the Mustangs as the Offensive Coordinator.

"Coach Hansen is great offensive mind. Everywhere he has coached he has been able to put up big numbers offensively," Tristan said. "Most importantly he is a man of integrity and is a great role model for young men."

Hansen spent the past season as the head football coach at Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri. The Evangel graduate was the previous offensive coordinator at Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he worked alongside Coach Tristan. Coach Hansen spent two years at SAGU in 2015 and 2016 and was part of the 2015 season in which the Lions went 8-3, the best record in school history.
During this past year at Parkview the team recorded 45 touchdowns, 4,763 yards, 49 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and seven interceptions.

Prior to SAGU, Hansen spent one season at North County High School in Bonne Terre, Missouri where he was the assistant head football coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. From 2012-13 he was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Marshfield Blue Jays where in 2013, Hansen's offense at Marshfield led the state in every classification in total offense, averaging 500 yards per game.
Coach Hansen's first coaching stop was at Hillcrest High School in Springfield. He coached the Hornet's wide receivers from 2008-11 and had three different receivers named to the All-State Team including Dorial Green-Beckham.

During his playing career at Evangel, Coach Hansen led EU to two Heart of American Athletic Conference (HAAC) Championships and playoff appearances in 2001 and 2005. In 2005 he was both a Don Hansen Gazette Wide Receiver Honorable Mention All-American as well as a HAAC All-Conference Wide Receiver Honorable Mention.

Hansen earned his BS in physical education from Evangel and a Masters of Education from Southwest Baptist University.

Rocky Alarcon, Defensive Line

Coach Rocky Alarcon finished his first season in charge of the defensive line at WNMU during the 2016 campaign. His defensive line was part of a group that forced 14 interceptions, 11 sacks and 12 fumbles (11 recovered). The Mustangs tallied 100 total tackles against the Wing T formation running attack of Eastern New Mexico in which the Greyhounds. WNMU posted three sacks twice against Eastern New Mexico and Tarleton State. In the win against Angelo State, the Mustangs came away with three interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery. They added a three forced fumble game against Oklahoma Panhandle State, recovering two. The pressure was on the quarterback in four different games as the Mustangs had four quarterback hurries or more on those occasions, going for a high of six against Angelo State.

Before joining the WNMU coaching staff, Coach Alarcon was on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Kentucky Wesleyan for three years and also spent time at both Coachella Valley High and Deseret Mirage High.

During his playing career, he suited up for both Kentucky Wesleyan and Mt. San Jacinto Junior College.

On staff as a coach with the Panthers, he helped Kentucky Wesleyan to one of their best season in program history coming away with a seven-win season in 2014, as the team finished the year on a three-game winning streak. This past season, they added five more victories, going 4-2 down the stretch.

During his career at Kentucky Wesleyan, he saw action in 14 games along the offensive line. Over the course of his two-year career at Mt. San Jacinto, he compiled 45 tackles and two sacks while being a starter for the team both years along the defensive line.

Alarcon played in the Indoor Arena League for the Owensboro Rage from 2013-2014. He also completed his master's degree in sports management at Liberty University.

Kini Cocker, Outside Linebackers

Kini Cocker begins his first season on the WNMU coaching staff in 2017 in charge of the outside linebackers. He brings familiarity with the Lone Star Conference having played at Angelo State.

Originally born in Tonga, Coach Cocker was raised in Texas as he attended Euless Trinity where he graduated in 2009. The team had lots of success during his career there including two state championships, four district titles and were ranked No. 1 in the nation. 

He began his college playing career at Kilgore College where he earned All-Conference honors as a tackle. Coach Cocker then transferred to Angelo State where he played the final two years of his career helping the Rams to the 2014 LSC Championship.

After his college football playing career wrapped up, he moved over to playing college rugby for two seasons. He helped lead his teams to two undefeated conference regular seasons, a State Rugby Championship, 2015 Bleeding Heart receipient and two-time all-star forward/prop selection (technically the same thing as being named all-conference).

Coach Cocker is married to current WNMU softball head coach Elsa Cocker.