Read officially named Special Teams coach

AS FIRST REPORTED a little more than six weeks ago, Bruce Read is back with the Beavs. On Monday, he was officially named football special teams coordinator by Oregon State in what will be his third stint in Corvallis. His biggest challenge in 2009, statistically speaking, will be found on punt return yardage allowed on defense.

Read, 47, is rejoining the Beaver coaching staff for the third time, with previous stints from 1997-98 and 2004-06. He also was the special teams coach for the San Diego Chargers (1999-2001), also under Mike Riley, the New York Giants (2002-03) and the Dallas Cowboys (2007-08).

Oregon State ranked No. 17 in kickoff return yardage allowed on defense last season, No. 75 in punt return yardage allowed on defense.

The Beavs were No. 23 in kickoff returns last season, No. 47 in the nation in punt returns.

"We're very excited to welcome coach Read back to Oregon State," Riley said in a release. "Coach Read is one of the best special teams coaches in the country and I look forward in him assisting in the success of this team."

BF.C first reported Read's return back on Feb. 2 in this article.

Read will have his first opportunity to coach his new players, which include 2008 Sun Bowl special teams MVP punter Johnny Hekker, when the Beavers take the field March 30 for the opening of spring drills. The 15-day session culminates in the annual Spring Game on May 2 at Reser Stadium.

Read has coached some Oregon State's top special teams players during his career, including 2005 Lou Groza Award recipient and All-America placekicker Alexis Serna, Pac-10 First Team and current NFL punter Sam Paulescu, and 2006 All-American Sammie Stroughter.

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