Brent Pease to Serve as IU Offensive Coordinator
Dec. 30, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Head Football Coach Kevin Wilson announced Thursday that Brent Pease will join the Hoosier staff as offensive coordinator. Pease, a former National Football League quarterback, will also coach the team's quarterbacks.
A 20-year coaching veteran at five different schools, Pease spent the previous five seasons as Boise State's wide receivers coach and the past four campaigns as the Broncos' assistant head coach. He has served 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator and has coached at his alma mater, Montana (1991-98), as well as Northern Arizona (1999-00), Kentucky (2001-02) and Baylor (2003-05).
"We are pleased and excited Brent is joining us," Wilson said. "He had an excellent playing career in the collegiate and professional ranks. Brent has coordinated in the Big 12 and the SEC, and he is coming from one of the most dominant programs in college football over the last decade in Boise State. We look forward to integrating his offensive ideas from Boise State into to what we have done in the past."
Pease coached in a bowl game in each of his five seasons at Boise State, including two Fiesta Bowl victories. He has reached the postseason 12 times in his career with a national championship in 1995.
"I'm very excited to come to Indiana and work with Coach Wilson," Pease said. "With what Coach Wilson brings from Oklahoma and the opportunity I received at Boise State, we look forward to playing winning football and going to bowl games."
At Boise State, Pease and the Broncos posted a 61-5 record, four conference championships and ranked in the top five of the final Associated Press Poll twice. He tutored three All-WAC receivers in Austin Pettis, Titus Young and Jeremy Childs.
Pettis closed out his career as the school's all-time leader in receptions with 229 and touchdown catches with 39. The two-time first team All-WAC honoree also ranks second on the school's all-time receiving yardage list with 2,838.
Young, a three-time first team All-WAC selection, wrapped up his career as the school's all-time leading receiver with 3,063 yards. He also set BSU's all-time single-season receiving yardage record with 1,215 in 2010, and he finished second behind Pettis in career receptions (204) and fourth in career receiving touchdowns (25).
Childs, a two-time All-WAC member, is third all-time at BSU in career receptions (168) and holds the record for single-season receptions (82) set back in 2007.
Prior to his stop at Boise State, Pease spent three seasons as offensive coordinator at Baylor. The Bears broke the school's single-season mark for completion percentage (.595) and established a new standard for total completions with 235 in 2004. In 2003, the 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.
From 2001-02, Pease served as offensive coordinator at Kentucky, where he helped turn the Wildcats into one of the top scoring offenses in the country. After posting a 2-9 season in Pease's first year, Kentucky finished 7-5 in 2002, which matched its best record since 1984, and ranked 23rd nationally in scoring offense.
Pease coached future NFL players Artose Pinner (Detroit Lions) and Jared Lorenzen (New York Giants) during his two seasons with the Wildcats. Pinner finished 13th in the nation in rushing in 2002 and Lorenzen was 23rd in pass efficiency that season, while Derek Abney was 10th in all-purpose rushing in 2002 and 12th in 2001.
Before moving to the Division I level as a coordinator, Pease spent 10 seasons at Division I-AA schools Montana and Northern Arizona, five of those as a coordinator. Pease served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NAU in 1999 and 2000. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montana from 1996-1998, and he was an offensive assistant coach from 1991-95.
Pease helped the Grizzlies establish themselves as one of the premier I-AA programs in the mid-'90s when they won the I-AA national championship in 1995, finished second in 1996, and advanced to the semifinals in 1994. During Pease's tenure at Montana, the Grizzlies finished with 10 or more wins four times in eight years and made the playoffs each of his last six years. And while he was offensive coordinator, the team compiled records of 14-1 (1996), 8-4 (1997) and 8-4 (1998).
Pease played a key role in the success of star quarterbacks Dave Dickenson and Brian Ah Yat. Montana led all of Division I-AA in passing in 1996, averaging 339.6 yards per game while leading the Big Sky Conference in both 1996 and 1998. Ah Yat threw a Big Sky-record 42 touchdown passes in 1996.
Dickenson is first in Big Sky history in total offense and Ah Yat is 12th. Ah Yat led all of I-AA in 1996 with an average of 340.36 yards of total offense per game. Dickenson was the 1995 Walter Payton Award winner and an Associated Press All-American in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Ah Yat was a Payton Award finalist and a I-AA All-American in 1996 and 1998. Dickenson and Ah Yat combined to win five Big Sky MVP awards.
A native of Moscow, Idaho, Pease graduated from Montana in 1990 with a degree in health and human performance with an emphasis in social science. After two seasons at Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College, he played quarterback for the Grizzlies in 1985-86. Pease led the nation in total offense in 1986 and set nine school records during a standout career.
Following his collegiate career, Pease was drafted by the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and played two years for the Houston Oilers (1987-88). He also played in the Canadian Football League (CFL), the World League of American Football (WLAF) and the Arena Football League (AFL). In 1991, he was the first player selected in the inaugural WLAF Draft by the Birmingham Fire.
Brent and his wife, Paula, have one daughter, Halle (15), and one son, Karsten (14).
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