WAYNE, Neb. – When Tulane took the field against USC in the Cotton Bowl on Monday afternoon, folks in northeast Nebraska had a keen on a pair of the Green Wave's coaches.

Current Tulane wide receivers coach John McMenamin joined the Green Wave in the offseason after serving two years as the head coach at Wayne State College.

After having his initial season wiped out on the field due to COVID-19, McMenamin led the Wildcats to a 7-4 record in 2021, the program’s first seven-win campaign in a decade.

He also had assistant coaching stints at UNO, Midland University, Wayne State and Central Missouri before becoming a head coach.

McMenamin was a two-time national championship quarterback at Northwest Missouri State before starting his coaching career.

Logan Masters, who served as offensive coordinator for McMenamin at Wayne State in 2021, took over the reins of the Wildcat program in 2022, leading the team to its second ever NCAA Division II playoff appearance.

WSC finished the year 9-3, falling at Minnesota State in the opening round of the playoffs.

Also on Tulane's staff is Wayne State grad Donn Landholm, who serves as the Green Wave's director of recruiting operations. The Bristow native played for the Wildcats as a linebacker before graduating from Wayne State in 1979. 

Landholm started his coaching career as an assistant at Plainview High School before beginning a nearly 40-year career in the college ranks at Central Missouri. He has been at Tulane since 2016, joining the Green Wave staff with current head coach Willie Fritz.

Tulane and USC meet at noon on Monday. The Green Wave finished the regular season 11-2, knocking off UCF for the AAC title.