Romeo Bandison (Pronounced row-may-oh) enters his
second season as the Aggies' defensive line coach.
his first season as the defensive line coach, Bandison helped guide several
Aggie linemen into the backfield and to the opposing quarterback. Senior Donte Savage led the defensive line
with 45 tackles last season, including seven tackles for a loss, which was
second on the team. Savage also had
three sacks in 2012, which matched a team high.
Under Bandison’s guidance, Savage was also able to block two kicks for
the season. The defensive line, as a
unit, ended the season with 18 tackles for a loss for 76 yards and the
defensive line was responsible for nine quarterback sacks.
spent five years as defensive line coach at Colorado from 2005-2010, as he was
one of four assistants to join former Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins when
he accepted the Colorado position in December 2005.
Bandison was Boise State's defensive line coach for
five seasons. Under Bandison, the Bronco defensive line anchored one of the top
rushing defenses in the country for four seasons (2002-05), as the Broncos
ranked in the top 16 in rushing defense all four of those years: 15th in 2005,
10th in 2004, 11th in 2003 and 16th in 2002.
an immediate impact at Colorado, tutoring All-Big 12 Conference defensive end
Abraham Wright in 2006, who with 11½ quarterback sacks, registered the most in
that category by a Buffalo in 13 seasons. His defensive line was a key
component in limiting opponents to just 112.4 rushing yards per game.
he coached tackle George Hypolite to All-Big 12 honors, the first non-senior
Buff defensive lineman to earn first-team all-conference honors since 1996.
Once again, his defensive front played a big role in plugging the run as the
Buffs ranked 31st nationally in allowing just 128 yards per game. Hypolite
earned second-team honors as a senior in 2008. He had the responsibility of
tutoring nearly a senior-less defensive front in 2009 (the unit had just two
seniors, one a walk-on), and was fairly inexperienced with four sophomores and
three freshmen (two true) playing the bulk of the snaps.
in 2005, two of his players garnered All-Western Athletic Conference honors,
Alex Guerrero (first team) and Andrew Browning (second team); both were
honorable mention performers the previous year. In fact, in his final four
years in Boise, he had two linemen recognized with postseason honors each of
those seasons, as defensive end Julius Roberts earned first-team All-WAC
honors, while Dane Oldham was an honorable mention All-WAC selection in 2003,
and in 2002, both Ryan Nelson and Oldham were named to All-WAC teams.
Bandison began his coaching career at his alma
mater, the University of Oregon, where he was a standout player for the Ducks
before joining the coaching staff. During the 1999 and 2000 seasons, he served
as a graduate assistant for the Ducks, working with the defensive line and
coordinating the defensive scout team. Oregon made consecutive postseason bowl
appearances in those two seasons, winning both the Sun Bowl (1999) and Holiday
served a two-week internship with the Oakland Raiders in the National Football
League prior to the 2002 season.
earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 1994 from the University of
Oregon, where he lettered as a defensive end and nose guard for the Ducks from
1990-93. Oregon advanced to two bowl games during his playing career, the
Freedom Bowl in 1990 and the Independence Bowl in 1992.
Following his senior season, Bandison played in the Hula Bowl and East-West
Shrine Classic all-star games before being selected in the third round of the
1994 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Bandison continued his NFL career the
next three years (1995-97) as a defensive tackle with the Washington Redskins.
He completed his professional playing career in 1998 with the Amsterdam
Admirals of the World Football League.
He was born
February 12, 1971 in The Hague, The Netherlands, and moved to the United States
as a youth and would graduate from Tamalpis High School (Mill Valley, Calif.),
where he lettered in football. He is married to the former Amy Kowalewski, and
the couple has fraternal twins, Dominic and Olivia.
The Bandison File
Full Name: Romeo Bandison
Birthdate: February 12, 1971
Children: Dominic and Olivia
Boise State (2001-05)
Cleveland Browns (1994-95)
Washington Reskins (1995-97)
Amsterdam Admirals (1998)
2002—Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl
2003—PlainsCapitol Fort Worth Bowl
2004—Autozone Liberty Bowl
2005—MPC Computers Bowl
2006—Champs Sports Bowl