Brent Pease, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the past three seasons at Baylor University of the Big 12 Conference, is now the new wide receiver coach for Boise State. Bronco head football coach Chris Petersen made the announcement today. The Bronco coaching staff is now complete with the selection of Pease.
Pease starred at Mountain Home High School then went first to Walla Walla Community College before playing quarterback at the University of Montana in 1985 and 1986. Pease starred at Montana, setting nine school records and leading I-AA in total offense. He threw for over 400 yards 3 times and threw for over 3,000 yards his senior season.
Following his career at Montana, Pease was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and played two seasons with the Houston Oilers of the National Football League. Pease than returned to Montana in 1991 to coach for his alma mater. He spent nine years with the Grizzlies coaching wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks, along with serving as the offensive coordinator. He then served two years as head coach and offensive coordinator at Northern Arizona University and two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at the University of Kentucky before joining the Baylor staff.
"I feel very lucky to have a guy like Brent joining our staff," Petersen stated. "He has an excellent track record coaching wide receivers and quarterbacks, and also brings outstanding experience coordinating offenses. Having Brent come to Boise State was an opportunity we could not pass up."
Baylor's per-game total yardage output (281.4 yards per game in 2003 to 317.7 ypg in 2005) and scoring average (15.9 points per game in 2003 to 21.5 ppg in 2005) improved each year while Pease was the offensive coordinator.
Despite starting three different quarterbacks in 2004, Baylor again broke the school's single-season mark for completion percentage (.595) and established a new standard for total completions with 235. The 2004 Bears threw for 2,342 yards, the fifth-highest one-year total in school history, and improved their total offense average (311.8 ypg) by more than 30 yards per game over their 2003 output. Under Pease's guidance, the 2003 Baylor offense produced the program's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1995 (and just the sixth ever) in running back Rashad Armstrong, who earned All-Big 12 honors after rushing for 1,074 yards. The Bears' signal callers, meanwhile, combined to complete 56.7 percent of their passes on the year, at the time a single-season school record.
Following the season, Pease served as Morriss' offensive assistant coach in the annual Blue-Gray All-Star Classic. At Kentucky, Pease tutored second-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback Jared Lorenzen, who led a Wildcat offense that averaged a league-leading 32.1 points a game in 2002. Another of the Wildcats' offensive threats during Pease's tenure was the SEC's leading rusher, Artose Pinner, who earned first-team all-conference and league Offensive Player of the Year honors. Pinner was selected in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Pease guided Northern Arizona to the 1999 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Quarterback Travis Brown, who was the MVP of the 1999 Blue-Gray Game, led the Lumberjacks. During the 2000 season, NAU running back Marcus King rushed for 1,474 yards and 13 touchdowns.
While at Montana Pease helped guide the Grizzlies to the 1995 NCAA National I-AA National Championship, along with playoff appearances in 1994 (semi-finals) and 1996 (runner-up). Utilizing Pease's outstanding play-calling ability, Montana was a fixture in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs each of his last six seasons. In addition to winning the 1995 national championship, the Grizzlies finished as runner-up in 1996 and were semi-finalists in 1994. Montana averaged 46.3 points on their way to the '95 title. Pease's offensive unit generated 47.8 points per game in the 1996 playoff series.
Pease's quarterback in 1995, David Dickenson, won the Walter Payton Award as the Division I-AA National Player of the Year and was the Big Sky Conference's MVP from 1993-95. Dickenson's successor, Brian Ah Yat, was a three-year Walter Payton Award finalist and played in the Hula Bowl. Montana quarterbacks won the league's Offensive Player of the Year award five times in Pease's eight seasons at the school. He also coached two All-America wide receivers.
With generous assistance from Pease's play-calling ability, Montana was a fixture in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs each of his last six seasons. The Grizzlies won the 1995 national I-AA championship, finished as runner-up in 1996 and were semi-finalists in 1994. Montana rolled up 185 points, 46.3 per game, in the four playoff games en route to the 1995 title. Pease's offensive unit generated 191 points, 47.8 per game, in the 1996 playoff series.
1991-94: Montana, running backs & wide receivers
1995-98: Montana, offensive backs & wide receivers
1996-98: Montana, offensive coordinator & quarterbacks
1999-2000: Northern Arizona, asst. head coach, off. coord. & QBs
2001-02: Kentucky, offensive coordinator & quarterbacks
2003-2005: Baylor, offensive coordinator & quarterbacks
1987 NFL Playoffs (player)
1988 NFL Playoffs (player)
1993 I-AA Playoffs (coach)
1994 I-AA Playoffs (coach), National Semifinalists
1995 I-AA Playoffs (coach), National Champions
1996 I-AA Playoffs (coach), National Finalists
1997 I-AA Playoffs (coach)
1998 I-AA Playoffs (coach)
1999 I-AA Playoffs (coach)
2003 Blue-Gray All-Star Classic (coach)
Following is the complete Bronco football coaching staff.
Head Coach – Chris Petersen (UC Davis '88)
Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line – Sean Kugler (South Florida '91)
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks – Bryan Harsin (Boise State '00)
Defensive Coordinator – Justin Wilcox (Oregon '99)
Running Backs / Special Teams – Jeff Choate (Montana-Western ‘93)
Tight Ends – Scott Huff (Boise State '02)
Defensive Line – Pete Kwiatkowski (Boise State '90)
Wide Receivers – Brent Pease (Montana '90)
Linebackers - Viliami Tuivai (UC Davis '02)
Defensive Secondary – Marcel Yates (Boise State '00)
Offensive Graduate Assistant – Klayton Adams (Boise State '05)
Defensive Graduate Assistant – Wes Nurse (Boise State '04)