Twyner, a three-time All-Conference selection during his playing days at
Western Illinois University, joined head coach Mark
Hendrickson's football coaching staff in July 2010.
One of Twyner's receivers earned First Team All-Missouri
Valley Football Conference honors each season - Lito Senatus (2010) and Terriun
Crump (2011) - and both earned the honor in record-setting fashion. The duo
both completed their respective career with a reception in 25 consecutive
games, tying for third all-time but short of Twyner's record.
Last year Crump tied the season (5) and career (8) record
for most 100-yard games. The third-year receivers coach saw Crump surpass 2,000
career receiving yards.
Twyner coached Senatus,
who surpassed Twyner in several game, season and career record categories, to
an All-America (Second Team) season in 2010. Senatus ended his career tying for
the all-time touchdown receptions mark and was second all-time in receiving
yards and receptions.
Twyner and his two All-Conference receivers hold down the
second, third, and fourth spot all-time in receiving yards.
In 2010 the wide receivers were part of an offensive unit
that led the MVFC in four offensive categories. Western ranked among the
nation's 'Top 25' in nine offensive categories.
Twyner was himself a First Team All-Gateway Conference
(now known as MVFC) selection from 1993-95. During his junior year in 1994,
Twyner was named Honorable Mention All-America.
Since joining the Leatherneck coaching staff, Twyner now
stands third among the Leathernecks all-time in receptions (144) and receiving
yards (2,243). Twyner's record of four touchdown receptions in a game and 33
consecutive games with a catch still stand in the Western Illinois annals. He
also ranks sixth all-time with 14 touchdown catches and ninth with an average
of 15.6 yards per catch. Twyner is listed in four different season 'Top 10'
receiving categories as well.
His standout playing days as a Leatherneck and a
professional have helped him in his coaching career. During the summer of 2009,
Twyner worked with the Indianapolis Colts as an assistant quarterbacks coach
(working with quarterback coach Frank Reich) as part of the NFL Minority
Coaching internship. He assisted with quarterback, running back and wide
receiver drills and sat in on all meetings.
From 2006-07, he served as head coach at John F. Kennedy
High School in Silver Spring, Md. Taking over a program that had not won a game
in four years, Twyner turned the 2006 squad into a 10-2 team that advanced to
the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs. He was named state of Maryland
Coach of the Year. The following year JFK went 9-3 and again advanced to the
playoffs. He worked as a volunteer coach for three seasons prior at Seneca
Valley High School and Churchill High School in Maryland.
Twyner was in the NFL from 1996-99. He originally signed
as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals and played two games during the
1997 season. Twyner was with the New Orleans Saints from 1997-99 and was in
training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000.
He also played for five seasons in the Arena Football
League. During his rookie year with Tampa Bay, Twyner set an AFL rookie season
record for most touchdown receptions as the team advanced to the second round
of the playoffs. He also played with Buffalo and Columbus before concluding his
professional playing career in 2004.
Twyner received his bachelor's degree in Graphic Design
from Western in 1996. He has two daughters: Kelise and Maleah.