Offensive Coaching Staff
Billy Riebock | Offensive Coordinator
Serving as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the Lions is Billy Riebock. Riebock comes to A&M-Commerce with an impressive resume. He last served in the same position for Bridgewater College. He led BC to finishing the 2018 season as the conference runner-up. His offensive unit finished the season ranked fifth nationally in Red Zone offense. He produced 3 All-ODAC and 2 All-State selections.
Prior to serving at Bridgewater, Riebock had an extensive background coaching all levels of college football. He worked at every level in the NCAA; Divisions I, II, and III. His vast background provides the experience necessary to be an excellent recruiter.
Riebock worked on Coach Bailiffs staff at Rice University as the Offensive Quality Control Coach. Prior to Rice, he was the wide receivers coach at Elon University, where he coached All-CAA selection Kierre Brown. In 2012 and 2013, He was a graduate assistant coach at Ball State University, helping lead his team to two bowl games; 2012 Beef O’Brady and 2013 GoDaddy Bowl games.
From 2008-2011, he was the Offensive Coordinator at Quincy University. His leadership guided his quarterbacks to receiving All-Conference honors in 2008, 2010, and 2011. The offensive unit broke and set numerous team and individual records. He also worked at Indiana University as the Quality Control coach after starting his coaching career at St. Francis in 2006 as the wide receivers coach.
Riebock was an outstanding athlete. He played quarterback at Quincy University after having a stellar high school career. He received Academic All-Conference his senior season, 2006.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree (Criminal Justice) in 2006 and his Master’s Degree in Education (2011) from Quincy University. He is married to his beautiful wife Emina and has two children (Emila and James). His hobbies is centered around spending time with his family.
2018 – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Bridgewater College
2017 – Offensive Quality Control, Rice University
2014-16 – Wide Receivers Coach, Elon University
2012-13 – Offensive Graduate Assistant, Ball State University
2008-11 – Offensive Coordinator, Quincy University
2007 – Offensive Quality Control, Indiana University
2006 – Wide Receivers Coach, St. Francis University (Ill.)
Famika Anae | Offensive Line
Famika Anae serves as the Lion Offensive Line Coach. He previously had coaching stops at Dixie State University (tight ends coach and video coordinator), University of Virginia (Assistant Offensive Line) and Brigham Young University Assistant Offensive Line).
Anae was highly recruited out of high school. He received offers from Oregon, UCLA, BYU, Texas Tech, Colorado, and West Virginia. After choosing BYU, Famika had a stellar career. He was a two-year letter winner at Brigham Young University on the offensive line. He earned a starting position as a sophomore and never relinquished the nod. He was known as a tenacious and dedicated player, receiving All-Independent honors in 2012.
He garnered many accolades from coaches and players, being nominated for and receiving several prestigious awards. The awards included BYU All Tradition, Spirit, and he was inducted to the Honor Team in 2012.
In high school, Anae was an all-state performer on both the offensive and defensive lines. An accomplished multi-sport athlete, he also received all-state honorable mention in basketball.
Anae received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University. Coach Anae and wife Tessi Leila Tolutau have two daughters, Liane (2) and Savani (6 months). Both Anae and his wife’s families are from Laie, Hawaii. He loves to spend time with his family in their native homeland during his time off. His father, a former national champion at BYU as a player, is currently the offensive coordinator at Virginia.
His hobbies include spending time with family, playing guitar and ukulele, playing Madden, and following college and NBA basketball.
2019-current: Texas A&M University-Commerce
2018-19: Dixie State University
2016-18: University of Virginia
2014-15: Brigham Young University
Tim Bleil | Tight Ends
Tim Bleil joined the football staff at Texas A&M-Commerce prior to the 2016 season, coaching running backs and tight ends (also known in Commerce as the A-back).
During the 2017 season under Bleil, Vincent Hobbs was named First Team All-Conference. He had the fourth most receptions in the entire LSC during the season and was a pivotal player in the Lions' run to an NCAA Championship. Carandal Hale was also named Honorable Mention All-LSC as the Lions averaged nearly 100 yards per game on the ground. Hale was fourth in the LSC, gaining 1,188 all-purpose yards. The Lions had 17 rushing touchdowns and averaged 3.7 yards per rush. Tight end Austin Jordan also received an All-LSC Honorable Mention award as the team's primary long snapper.
During the 2016 season under Bleil, Richard Cooper led the Lone Star Conference in yards per carry and finished with 1,004 rushing yards. The team averaged 4.9 yards per rush attempt and averaged 147.6 rushing yards per game. Cooper was third in the LSC in rushing yards and fourth in all-purpose yards.
Under Bleil, Cooper was named First Team All-LSC. Tight end John Thomas received Second Team All-LSC Honors and tight end Austin Jordan received an All-LSC Honorable Mention award as the team's primary long snapper.
Bleil joins the Lions after successful stint as the receivers coach at West Virginia State. With Bleil on the staff, West Virginia State matched their 2011 through 2014 win total of five with five wins during the 2015 season.
There he coached Quiton Gray who led the league in reception yards per game and catches per game. Gray was named all-conference following the season.
Bleil follows in his family’s footsteps of coaching the Lions. His brother Kevin Bleil was on Coach Carthel’s staff in 2013 and 2014.
Yogi Gallegos | Wide Receivers / Recruiting Coordinator
Yogi Gallegos serves as the Wide Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Lions. He has had a stellar start to a very successful coaching career.
Gallegos started his coaching career at A&M-Commerce in 2013 and began coaching wide receivers during the 2016 season, in addition to working with the kickoff return and punt teams.
During the Lions' 2017 National Championship season, Gallegos and his receivers were instrumental leading the nation as the best passing offense. Catching passes from Harlon Hill winner Luis Perez, the Lion receivers helped the Lions average the second most passing yards per game in Division II and had the third highest completion percentage. The Lions posted more than 5,200 receiving yards, by far the most in the nation. The receivers caught 38 of Perez's NCAA leading 46 touchdown passes. The Lions also ranked second in the LSC and 16th in the nation in passing efficiency.
Lions receiver, Buck Wilson, was second in the LSC and 20th in the nation with 11 touchdown catches and 950 yards receiving. D'Arthur Cowan and Darrion Landry had nine touchdown catches apiece. Wilson was named Second Team All-LSC as a receiver and First Team All-LSC as a kick returner, finishing second in the LSC in all-purpose yards. Landry was also named Second Team All-LSC while Cowan was an Honorable Mention All-LSC selection.
The Lion punt team was also one of the top units in the country in 2017, leading the Lone Star Conference in punt return average and in punt return touchdowns. Buck Wilson returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown during the season.
During the 2016 season under Gallegos, the Lions wideouts helped to bolster the top passing offense in the Lone Star Conference, averaging nearly 300 yards per game. The Lions ranked 15th in the nation in passing yards and 13th in the nation in passing efficiency. Darby Smith and Lance Evans were both ranked in the top 10 in the LSC in yards per game and receiving touchdowns. Evans was named First Team All-LSC and Smith was named Second Team All-LSC.
In addition, receiver Shawn Hooks was highly decorated as a punt returner for the Lions. He led nation in punt return touchdowns and was sixth in the nation in punt return average. He garnered D2CCA Second Team All-American and Don Hansen Honorable Mention All-America honors as well as D2CCA First Team All-Region and Don Hansen Second Team All-Super Region recognition, in addition to being named First Team All-LSC. Wide receiver Buck Wilson also received Honorable Mention All-LSC honors as a kick returner, leading the conference in kick return yards.
In the 2015 playoff season, Gallegos worked with the running backs and tight ends, aiding in the development of running backs Richard Cooper and Theo Wofford, who each rushed for 1,000 yards and a 6.5 yards per carry average in the season. Cooper was named first team all-Lone Star Conference and the conference's offensive back of the year and D2Football.com All-American. He ran for 1,331 yards on 206 carries averaging 110.9 yards per game and 6.5 yards per carry and ranked sixth in school history in career rushing yards after his junior campaign. Wofford was named second team all-LSC and set a school record for yards per carry with 11.4 YPC in a single contest. Wofford ran for 1,000 yards on 148 carries, averaging 83.3 yards per game and 6.8 yards per carry
Tight end Chris Chumley also earned all-LSC honors with 15 receptions for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was a physical presence for the Lions ground attack.
In 2014, Gallegos aided in the development of former Texas and A&M-Commerce back Joe Bergeron, who ran for 960 yards on 158 carries. He also scored 12 touchdowns. Richard Cooper added 766 yards on 131 carries. In the Lions opening game of 2014, three backs scampered for over 100 yards – Bergeron 137 yards, Cooper 118 yards and Theo Wofford 103 yards. Bergeron set the school record for yards carry with 10.3 in the game.
Gallegos tight ends, Taylor Peasha, 18 catches for 220 yards and three TDs and Jordan Jenkins, 14 catches for 211 yards and three scores, were both outstanding in blocking in the ground game and in catching passes.
Following the season Bergeron and Peasha were All-LSC selections. Bergeron went on to be selected to play in the NFLPA Bowl and spent time in the Chicago Bears preseason camp.
Gallegos played two seasons at A&M-Commerce, serving as the Lions' starting quarterback for the first four games of the 2011 season. He completed 54.7 percent of his passes, which ranks eighth all-time in program history for a single-season mark, throwing for 852 yards and six touchdowns before a shoulder injury ended his playing career.
As a collegiate player, Gallegos spent three seasons at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, seeing action in seven games for the Horned Frogs. He was a member of the 2011 Rose Bowl Championship team, as well as competing in both the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the 2009 San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Gallegos graduated from Irving High School where he was a standout athlete in both football and baseball. On the gridiron, he was a two-time all-district selection while being named all-state as a senior in one of the toughest districts in the state. He was also an all-district and all-state pitcher on the baseball team, being designated as a projected draftee for Major League Baseball.
He also spent two seasons at Grace Prep, where he was a two year letter winner in football, baseball and basketball. He was the starting quarterback in helping lead Grace Prep to the 2005 TAAPS 5-A state championship after earning runner-up honors in 2004 as just a freshman earning a two-time all-district and all-state selections. Gallegos also was a two-time all-district selection in baseball, being named all-state in 2005, while earning one all-district honors in basketball as well.
Gallegos and his wife Devon reside in Commerce.
2016-current: A&M -Commerce, Wide Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
2014-16: A&M-Commerce, Running Backs and Tight Ends
2013-14: A&M-Commerce, Running Backs
Jack Welch | Special Teams Coordinator / Running Backs / Camp Director
Dr. Jack Welch serves as the Special Teams Coordinator, Running Backs Coach, and Football Camp Director for the Lions. Welch has had an extensive coaching career serving both in the collegiate and high school ranks. He retired as the all-time winningest coach at Copperas Cove High School, recording a stellar 193-84-1 record in 24 years as the head coach. The 1998 Texas Coach of the Year, Welch led the Bulldawgs to the state playoffs 18 times, won seven district championships and had two state championship appearances. During his tenure, the ‘Dawgs had 13 players go to the NFL/CFL, including a Heisman Trophy winner (Robert Griffin III), and an NFL Man of the Year (Charles “Peanut” Tillman). Prior to Welch’s arrival, the ‘Dawgs only had one winning season in the previous 30 years.
Welch has served as a head collegiate coach at Kansas Wesleyan and Ft. Scott Community College. At KWU, Welch was the youngest head football coach in America at 27 years of age. He inherited the nation’s longest collegiate losing streak and constructed a complete turnaround with a winning season in only his second year. At Ft. Scott Community College, he led the Greyhounds to five consecutive winning seasons, three consecutive bowl games and a regular season conference championship.
Welch also had stints as an NCAA Division I assistant coach, serving as Offensive and Special Teams Coordinator at West Texas State and Special Teams Coordinator/Tight End coach at Louisiana Tech. He began his career as the youngest Athletic Director and Head Football Coach (age 23) in Texas at Santo High School.
Welch was a multi-sport collegiate letterman (football, baseball and track and field). He is one of the all-time top ten javelin throwers in Taylor University history. Welch led the Trojan football team his senior season in rushing and total offense. He received All-Conference honors as a fullback and was named to the TU Athletic Hall of Fame (2013). He was offered a free agency contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Welch was a high school multi-sport letterman receiving unanimous All-District and All-State honors at Bridgeport High School in baseball. He received a professional try-out with the Texas Rangers, making the last cut but chose to attend college. He was the runner-up Texas State Champion in the light heavy weight boxing division of the Texas Golden Gloves. His junior season, he played fullback on the state champion Osawatomie, Kansas Trojan football team.
Welch received a Doctorate Degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (2013), Master’s Degree from West Texas State (1983), and Bachelor’s Degree from Taylor University (1980).
Welch is married to his high school sweetheart, Carol, and has two sons, Josh and Steven. He has two brothers. Tracy Welch, current Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Lake Worth High School and Gary, who served as an assistant coach (Linebackers) under Jack at both FSCC and KWU.
2019-Present: Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs - A&M-Commerce
1994-2017: Athletic Director/Head Football Coach - Copperas Cove High School
1993: Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends - Louisiana Tech
1987-1992: Athletic Director/Head Football Coach - Ft. Scott Community College
1985-86: Head Football Coach - Kansas Wesleyan
1982-84: Offensive/Special Teams Coordinator - West Texas State
1980-81: Athletic Director/Head Football Coach - Santo High School
1980 (spring): Graduate Assistant - West Texas State
Payton Pardee | Graduate Assistant
Payton Pardee is serving the Lions as Assistant Wide Receivers Coach. Recently finishing his playing career at the University of Houston, Payton jumped at the chance to join David Bailiff’s staff. First year coaches always want to begin their career under notable mentors and Payton had witnessed the record setting career of Bailiff at Rice University.
Payton is the grandson to the legendary Jack Pardee. His family coaching roots initiated a strong desire to begin a college coaching career. Having the background as being a Division I football player, a legendary family history of coaching excellence, and the opportunity to learn from another legendary coach as Bailiff, Pardee is excited about the opportunity with the Lion football team.
Pardee was an outstanding wide receiver at the University of Houston from 2015-18, where he received his Bachelor Degree (Economics). He is a 2015 graduate of St. Thomas High School.
His hobbies include reading, weight lifting and watching film.
Daniel Leinneweber | Graduate Assistant
Daniel Leinneweber serves as the Assistant Quarterbacks Coach. He has had previous coaching stints at Texas Tech University as an offensive assistant coach and also as a recruiting intern. Knowing he wanted to be a football coach since playing high school football, Leinneweber attended college to become a college football coach. With his college coaching and recruiting experience, Leinneweber has a major head start in the coaching profession.
Daniel was an outstanding athlete in high school. He played football at Wimberly High School from 2010-13. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree (Sports Management, Minor in Business) from Texas Tech University in December 2018 and is a 2014 graduate of Wimberly High School.
He enjoys hunting, golfing and fishing.