Desi Cullen

NAME: Desi Cullen
CLASS: 2006
HOMETOWN: Kentucky
STATS: 6’1″/ 205 lbs
PRO: Chicago Bears (minicamp)


While at UConn, Desi was a four-year starter (punter/kickoff specialist) and a co-captain his senior year. He was a semi-finalist for the Ray Guy award and left UConn as the all-time leading punter in school history. He was also the recipient of the Kendall Madison Award for being a “strong team player whose dedication, hard work and outstanding citizenship best exemplify the strong spirit of the UConn Huskies.” After graduation, he accepted an invitation to attend the Chicago Bears mini-camp and has had multiple workouts with NFL/CFL/UFL teams since. Desi currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife, Alicia, & son Tyson.

Playing Experience:

  • Butler High School 2003-2006
  • UCONN 2006-2009
  • Co-Captain 2009
  • Ray Guy Award Semi-Finalist 2009
  • All-Time Leading Punter in UCONN History
  • Chicago Bears (Mini-Camp 2010)

Email from a college athlete’s parent (June 2014): “Under Desi’s coaching, Ryan learned discipline and kicker specific workouts which resulted in more distance and hangtime on his punts. Desi also helped with field goals and kickoffs, which included Ryan kicking a school record 54-yard field goal. With Desi’s help, Ryan was offered several scholarships and chose Lafayette College where he became the starting punter his freshman season.” –George Forrester

Email from a Division 1 athlete’s parent (June 2014): “Once Brian started working with Desi, he learned that kicking and punting have very specific techniques that vastly improve accuracy and distance. I have seen measurable advancements in Brian’s skills and achievements. There aren’t many coaches who have the knowledge, ability to teach, and passion that Desi brings to his kickers.” -Bob Johnson