OSU football: Four more to join staff
Tim Tibesar will join the Oregon State football staff as defensive coordinator.
Tibesar, 45, was Wisconsin’s outside linebackers coach for the past three seasons under Paul Chryst, who had two stops at OSU as the Beavers’ defensive coordinator.
Tibesar helped develop the No. 6 Badgers’ defense into national leaders as they go into the Orange Bowl game against Miami on Dec. 30.
Tibesar has defensive coordinator experience at Purdue in 2012, Kansas State (2006-08) and North Dakota in 2001-05.
He was also the linebackers coach for the Chicago Bears in 2013.
“We felt it was important to hire a coach with significant experience as a defensive coordinator, and that is exactly what coach Tibesar possesses,” first-year OSU coach Jonathan Smith said in a release. “He has been an integral part of Wisconsin’s dominating defense, not only this year but for the last three seasons, and I could not be more excited for him to bring that kind of background to OSU. Coach Tibesar’s impact on our defensive personnel will be immediately evident.”
Also joining the staff will be former OSU linebacker and linebackers coach Trent Bray and two coaches from the University of Hawaii staff.
Bray has spent his entire coaching career as a linebackers coach, beginning as a graduate assistant at Arizona State in 2009 before being promoted to a full-time position with the Sun Devils in 2010-11. He was the Beavers’ linebackers coach from 2012-14 and spent the last three years in the same capacity at Nebraska.
He was a standout linebacker from 2002-05, compiling 337 career tackles (sixth at OSU) and being named first-team all-Pac-10 as a senior. In addition, Bray helped the Beavers to three bowl games and earned the Insight Bowl defensive Most Valuable Player honors following OSU’s 38-21 win over Notre Dame in 2004.
“Trent Bray is someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for as a coach and leader of young men,” Smith said. “His familiarity with Oregon State University and the Pac-12 Conference will pay immediate dividends in the building of this program.”
Legi Suiaunoa was the Rainbow Warriors’ defensive coordinator and Kefense Hynson was their receivers coach.
Suiaunoa, who coached the defensive line in 2016 before moving to DC, was on the Montana staff that included Smith and Jake Cookus in 2011. He will coach the defensive line at Oregon State.
“Coach Suiaunoa is one of — if not the best — developers of defensive linemen I have ever been associated with,” Smith said. “In addition, I have the utmost respect for him as a person and I’m excited to welcome him to Beaver Nation.”
Hynson will take over as OSU’s receivers coach. He’s been on the coaching staffs at Minnesota State-Mankato, Boise State and Willamette. He has participated in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program with Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle. He also was selected to participate in the NCAA Football Coaches Academy in 2009 and the NCAA Football Expert Coaches Academy in 2011.
“Coach Hynson has a strong reputation for recruiting within college football circles, and his deep ties to the West Coast make him a valuable addition to our staff,” Smith said. “He’s also a well-known receivers coach who will work closely with coach (Brian) Lindgren (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) to develop our offensive philosophy.”
OSU has already announced the hiring of Lindgren, offensive line coach/run game coordinator Jim Michalczik and assistant coach Mike Riley along with Cookus as special teams coordinator.