IU Confirms: Pease hired as offensive coordinator

Indiana just sent out a release confirming that Boise State assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Brent Pease has been hired as Kevin Wilson’s offensive coordinator. The release follows:

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).

26 comments

  1. excited about the hire. I love the way Wilson is putting these guys together from all over the place…hope they fit together like a puzzle. I am a hat guy, love hats of all kinds but the one in the pic must go…it is almost 2011, besides it clashes with his outfit, haha!

  2. The financial benefits from the Big Ten Network are filtering all of the way down to the IU Memorial stadium sidelines.

    Boise State finished the season 12-1 and is ranked 10th in the nation.

  3. I like the guy but I’m disturbed that he’d wear a Bear Bryant hat. Anything pro-Alabama I’m opposed to. J Pat, I agree with you, no Bear Bryant hats in Bloomington!

  4. eric, funny! OK, I was just telling my wife about this hire and explaining all the other hires and it is almost like a “dream team” of coaches really! I am excited and I pray they mesh well together!

    Glad we can talk about something positive for a change other than all of the people who have come out of the woodwork thinking that Crean is a terrible coach all of a sudden…..geeeeezzz!!!

  5. that last bit of my last post was not meant toward anyone in any bad way at all…genuinely happy we can all be happy!

  6. Great hires as far as one can tell. Coach Wilson seems to have a nice sense of where he wants to go and Glass seems to be giving him the resources he needs.

    I think a key in any rebuilding project is to show progress and momentum in the right direction. That (a) keeps the faithful happy, (b) impresses potential recruits so you get better people year by year (“Hey, I want to go THERE!”), (c) keeps your AD on your side, etc.

    Coach Lynch lost that over time.

    I wish for Coach Wilson that positive trajectory and momentum. May he be the one who establishes a long tradition of winning in football at IU.

  7. If one truly considers oneself a hat connoiseur, you know how hard it is to find the perfect one. Abe Lincoln wore the outdated stovepipe because he liked it. Maybe Pease likes his Fedora. It would take some balls to wear either one. For those reasons, I like the hat. And I like Pease.
    Nice hire, the staff just got even more credible. This staff so far, to me, is better than Hoeppner’s by far. And I really liked Coach Hep. IU and Wilson are serious. That’s f-ing cool. Now, get us healthy, and get some recruits.
    P.S.
    Hugh should wear his hat more often. But only if he has the little press pass for the hatband.

  8. The Chinese carryout menu stuffed down his shorts is the kicker. The play sheet in your pants gives new meaning to offensive side of the ball.

  9. Real quick on the hat and the entire get-up. It should be noted that this photo was taken during Boise State’s spring game. I don’t know the specifics, but I’m guessing it was one of those deals where the head coach splits up the assistants and makes one guy on each team the head coaches. Again, I don’t KNOW this, but I’m presuming he was fooling around and he doesn’t regularly wear that hat for games.
    I would support that, though. As I said during the time of the Wilson hire, I try to keep my opinion out of most things, but I am pro-fedora just as I was pro-stache.

  10. All, I was kind of joking…the hat just caught my eye. Wish I did not say it now!

    So my wife asked me how many games we win next year. I told her if time was really equal with throwing and running and he really runs with a 2 back set/lead blocker at times, everyone comes back, if they can form a defense to some extent, and the QB situation is ok I think this staff can win 6 games, question is can they win 7 or more??? My biggest concern is defense at this time.

  11. My wife always asks me about IU football right after thorough intercourse a discussion of the basketball team.

  12. JPat, I was just running with your hat comment, sorry.
    I do believe they can produce seven wins also. Unless there is a sizeable thinning of the herd so to speak.
    West Coast, I like your “positive trajectory momentum” recognition.
    Question for the day. Which IU program will achieve the bigger success the fastest? Football or Basketball?

  13. Mass, good question…I don’t know I can answer, just have no idea!

    If Wilson gets IU to a bowl next year, he will be THE MAN, if he wins 7 or more, watch out!

  14. Mass.Hoosier; I think football. It does not have as far to climb to reach a point that can be defined as “success.” Everything is relative to expectations. So if IU football goes 7-5 (59%), it goes to a Bowl game and is, in relative terms, a success. If IU BB goes 18 – 14 (59%), they probably don’t go the dance, and a lot of Hoosier fans remain disappointed.

    I like this hire, hat or no hat. I’ve watched a lot of Boise State games over the last four years. Boise States execuutes. And even though they were undersized relative to the teams they played from BCS conferences, they won with superior execution. Any offensive coach that spent five years in that system understand how to get his players to execute. Plus, they must know how to recruit players that are flying below the radar of the traditional power teams.

  15. Sorry, type-o. I meant 18-13. And technically, that’s 58%, but it’s as close as I could approximate it in making my point.

  16. Love the hire, but what the heck is going on with the hat? Seriously – that is embarrassing. Will he wear a bowler next? Top hat and tails? Wigwam. Welcome to IU, Brent – but please leave the hats in Idaho.

  17. coachv, I have never kissed ass in my life. I try to keep it somewhat respectful, that is it…no more less. I don’t like the back and forth! Would you explain how I have kissed ass? Just curious! Just because we simply don’t agree about a kids shooting form does not mean you have to come at me like that. You go from a guy that barely posts on here to someone that all of a sudden is a know it all on Indiana basketball and Tom Crean. I love it!!! They really do come out of the woodwork!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Maybe we can find a cream & crimson houndstooth pattern fedora for Coach Pease? Heck, I’d like to wear one to games

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