Tony Coaxum is the newest assistant coach on the CMU football staff, and he's a familiar face to head coach John Bonamego.
"I've known Tony Coaxum since he was an 18-year-old plebe at the United States Military Academy," Bonamego said.
Bonamego was an assistant coach at Army from 1993 to 1998. Coaxum graduated from West Point in 2000 and was a defensive back for Army. Coaxum also knows CMU defensive line coach George Ricumstrict, who coached him at Army in 1997.
"I've known Coach Bono since I've been 18," Coaxum said. "He believed in me and made the case to bring me on the team as a walk-on at Army."
Coaxum will coach special teams and cornerbacks for the Chippewas. He adds more than a decade worth of assistant coaching experience to CMU's staff.
He had two stints as an assistant at Army and he's served on the staffs of four teams. He was part of a fellowship program for the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an intern for the Baltimore Ravens and an assistant special teams coordinator for the Denver Broncos.
Coaxum was on the Broncos staff when they won Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
"It's a genuine pleasure to watch Tony advance as a young coach," Bonamego said. "It's been a pleasure to coach and mentor him. It makes me proud to be in a position to be able to introduce him as a member of my staff. He's going to bring a lot of expertise, energy and excitement to our kicking game."