Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

N.M. Highlands Coach Meets a New Brother.(Final)

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- John Fassel has an older brother.

That's usually not much of a distinction. But for Fassel -- the new head football coach at New Mexico Highlands University here -- finding out about his big brother has been a big deal.

Until December, he thought he was the oldest child of Jim and Kitty Fassel. Jim Fassel is head coach of the National Football League's New York Giants.

But just a few weeks before John Fassel was promoted to his first college head coaching stint in January at the ripe age of 29, he learned of a family secret that introduced him to a long-lost brother -- a man named John Mathieson.

"I never had a clue," Fassel says. …

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