Andersen announces Lockette as new RBs coach

GARY ANDERSEN'S STAFF is now complete. Andersen announced Wednesday in a release the hiring of Telly Lockette as the Beavers’ assistant coach for running backs.

Lockette will arrive in Corvallis after spending the last two seasons at South Florida as the Bulls’ running backs coach. His appointment is contingent on Oregon State University's Administration and Human Resources' approval.

Lockette has extensive experience as a high school coach in the state of Florida.

From 2008 to 2012 he was the head coach at Miami’s Central High School, compiling a record of 60-10 and leading the Rockets to three consecutive 6A state title games, winning the 2010 and ’12 championships. His 2012 team finished the year as the top-ranked squad in the nation and the ’10 team ended No. 2. For three seasons Central did not lose to any team from powerful Dade or Broward County, a first in Florida high school football history. During his tenure over 70 players received college football scholarship offers, including current Florida State leading rusher Dalvin Cook and two-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and Manning Award finalist Rakeem Cato of Marshall.

“Coach Lockette brings a wealth of experience to our staff,” OSU head man Gary Andersen said in the release from Oregon State. “He is a terrific communicator with young people, a proven coach and motivator, and is someone that will be respected immediately by our team and recruits. We are very excited to have him be a part of Beaver Nation.”

Prior to taking the head coaching job at Central, Lockette served on his alma mater Northwestern High in Miami for four seasons. He held the role of offensive coordinator and running backs coach for three seasons after spending one year as running backs coach. Lockette led an explosive offense that averaged 42 points per game, the most in state history at the time, helping Northwestern to the 2006 state championship.

Lockette was a star running back at Northwestern and went on to become a two-time Division I-AA All-American linebacker at Idaho State, where he was associated with then Bengals defensive line coach -- Gary Andersen. He was inducted into the Idaho State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. Lockette is a 1998 graduate of Idaho State with a bachelor’s degree in education.

The addition of Lockette completes Oregon State’s full-time coaching roster; Kalani Sitake, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator; Dave Baldwin, offensive coordinator; Kevin McGiven, quarterbacks; Brent Brennan, wide receivers; Telly Lockette, running backs; T.J. Woods, offensive line; Chad Kauha’aha’a, defensive line; Ilaisa Tuiaki, linebackers; and Derrick Odum, defensive backs.

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