Berry Announces Travis Niekamp as Tight Ends Coach
MONROE, La. -- ULM head football coach Todd Berry announced Tuesday the hiring of Travis Niekamp as the new tight ends coach for the Warhawks. His hire is pending final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
Niekamp, who played and coached for Berry at Illinois State and Army, brings 14 years of collegiate coaching experience to ULM. He spent the previous four seasons on the staff at Washington State, where he was the linebackers coach for three seasons and most recently served as the coordinator of football development for the Cougars.
"Travis was my first choice for this job," Berry said. "He coached tight ends for me at Army and was involved with the special teams. I am excited about the history that we have together and I am confident that he will do a great job for us. We look forward to his wife Tracy and their three kids joining this community."
"I am awfully excited about joining this staff at ULM," Niekamp said. "Coach Berry has a great vision for this program and I look forward to being here and helping move this program forward."
In his first season as linebackers coach at Washington State, Niekamp coached Louis Bland to Phil Steele's Freshman All-America Third Team and Greg Trent to his second mention on the All-Pac-10 Conference Team.
Prior to his stint at Washington State, Niekamp served as linebackers coach for Eastern Washington from 2004-07. He coached eight different players to 10 All-Big Sky Conference honors during his tenure, including 2005 Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year Joey Cwik.
Niekamp joined Berry's staff at Army as the tight ends coach in 2000 and spent four seasons with the Black Knights. He tutored Clint Dodson, who was named to the ECAC All-Star Team in 2000 and also earned second team All-Conference USA honors the following season.
He began his coaching career under Berry at Illinois State, coaching defensive tackles in 1998 and outside linebackers in 1999.
Niekamp earned All-Gateway Conference honors twice as a defensive lineman for Berry and Illinois State. He finished his career with 170 tackles, eight sacks and 22 tackles-for-loss. Niekamp earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Illinois State in 1998.
A native of Stevens Point, Wisc., Niekamp and his wife, Tracy, have three kids -- Tye Dalton, Dexter Kole and Brooke Ryan.