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Charlie Ragle
Position: Assistant Coach/Tight Ends/Special Teams
Hometown: Playas, N.M.
Alma Mater: Eastern New Mexico, 1998

Year in Coaching: Fourth

Year at Arizona: Fourth

Charlie Ragle is in his fourth season at Arizona and his third as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. He joined Rich Rodriguez’s staff prior to the 2012 season as assistant director of operations and was named an assistant coach in December 2012.

With Ragle’s guidance, first-year kicker Casey Skowron connected on 57-of-57 point after attempts and 20 of 28 field goal attempts in 2014. He led the league in scoring with 123 points and ranked seventh among FBS kickers in total points scored en route to setting a single-season school record for points by a kicker.

In the Wildcats’ 26-23 win in a hostile UTSA environment at the Alamodome, Skowron cleanly kicked four field goals and two point after attempts. Two of his field goals gave Arizona the eventual lead late in the third quarter. He went on to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after scoring a rushing TD on a fake field goal and hitting the 47-yard game winner vs. Washington on Nov. 15.

In his second season as Arizona’s punter, Drew Riggleman ranked No. 4 nationally and second in the Pac-12 in punting average (46.1) as he kicked 76 times for 3,501 yards with a long of 70 yards at UCLA. He had 30 kicks of 50+ yards and landed 23 inside the 20-yard line. Riggleman was named second-team All-Pac-12 and Honorable Mention All-America. He was also named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his 52.0 punt average and long kick of 67 yards at Utah on Nov. 22.

In 2013, first-year kicker Jake Smith scored 89 points with 12 field goals and 53 extra points. At UNLV on Sept. 7, he completed seven PAT and three field goals to set a school record for points in a game by a kicker (16) in the 58-13 win. He had a season-long kick of 53 yards in the road win at California.

Riggleman had 56 punts for 2,243 yards with an average of 40.1 yards per kick and a long punt of 71 yards vs. Washington State. He recorded four touchbacks and landed 18 punts inside the 20 with 12 kicks of 50+ yards. Additionally, five of Ragle’s players earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

Ragle was head coach at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. from 2007-11, winning three 5A II state championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 while compiling a remarkable 63-7 record in the span. Ragle’s last Firebird team went 14-1 in capturing his third Division II state title. He also shared athletic director duties at Chaparral.

He was defensive coordinator in 2005 at the school before taking a year to serve as a graduate assistant at ASU in 2006, working with the offensive line. He was defensive coordinator at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix for five years from 2000-04.

A 1998 graduate of Eastern New Mexico, Ragle was a three-year starting running back and kick returner. He and his wife, Carrie, have a daughter, Caylee, and a son, Chas.

Ragle Coaching History  
2013- Arizona, tight ends/special teams
2007-11 Chaparral HS (Ariz.), head coach
2006 Arizona State, graduate assistant
2005 Chaparral HS (Ariz.), defensive coordinator
2000-04 Moon Valley HS (Ariz.), defensive coordinator
Ragle in the Bowls  
2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, Arizona assistant
2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Arizona assistant
2006 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, Arizona State graduate assistant
Charlie Ragle File  
Hometown Playas, N.M.
High School Animas
College Eastern New Mexico, 1998
Playing Career Eastern New Mexico, 1994-97, running back
Family Wife, Carrie; Children Caylee and Chas
Recruiting Area Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona and Kansas JCs