Gesser gets Wulff's blessing for Idaho job

JASON GESSER WAS torn. He was on the verge of accomplishing one of his lifelong goals, to return full time to the Washington State football program. But then another opportunity suddenly came up.

And while the off-the-field assistant position at WSU was one he coveted, the new job offer -- to be the running backs coach at Idaho under Robb Akey -- was an incredible opportunity for someone just entering the college coaching level.

Gesser said he talked extensively with Paul Wulff and offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy in recent days about the Idaho job.

"I asked for their advice and they said it was a slam dunk, that I'd be a fool to pass it by," Gesser told CF.C. "I was worried about that, I didn't want to disappoint them and they were great about it. But it was hard because of how much I love the Cougar Nation, and I was really excited to get to Pullman and get to work.

"But in the end, this fast forwards things for me. I want to coach, and the WSU position would have allowed me to get my foot in the door towards that aim. But at Idaho I could actually be on the field, actually be coaching, I'll be recruiting (Northwest and Hawaii), I'll have my own position group. Coach Akey is a great friend and I'm looking forward to doing my best for him. It was just something that would have been so hard to pass by."

Gesser will start his duties at Idaho on July 5, next Tuesday.

"I'm very happy for Jason," Wulff told CF.C. "I told him this was a no brainer, an opportunity he had to take. This is a great first step. Anytime you can land a Division I job you've got to feel fortunate. To be able to do that with Coach Akey is just a great opportunity for Jason.

At Idaho, Gesser will be replacing Jeremy Thielbahr, a former Cougar running back/tight end and teammate of Gesser's, who left to fill Gesser's old job as head coach at Eastside Catholic High in Sammamish.

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