Following in the footsteps of his late father – Western Carolina Hall of Famer, Al “Mutt” DeGraffenreid – Al Degraffenreid is a Catamount legacy and has been a staple around Cullowhee and WCU Athletics for much of his life.
After spending two years as a football student assistant coach, Al – a Cullowhee native and a 2017 graduate of Western Carolina with a degree in sociology – moved into the offensive quality control role entering the 2017 season. In 2019, DeGraffenreid assumed the role of assistant running backs coach. He is involved in aiding film study, game breakdowns, and assistant the offensive coaches on game days.
DeGraffenreid is also active in the social media work publicizing the Catamount football team, as well as with camps.
While an undergraduate, DeGraffenreid worked as a student manager with the Catamount men’s basketball team.
A graduate of Smoky Mountain High in Sylva, DeGraffenreid was a defensive back and wide receiver as a prep, earning an All-Appalachian Athletic Conference selection for the Mustangs in 2009. He was also part of their 2-A Western Regional runner-up basketball team. DeGraffenreid originally committed to play college football for Fayetteville State before returning to finish his degree at WCU.
DeGraffenreid’s older sister, Cetera, was a girls’ basketball standout at Smoky Mountain HS before playing collegiately at North Carolina. His mother, Pam, works on campus in Cullowhee as the supervisor of the WCU Bookstore.