Weber State made it official Thursday, announcing that former Griz football coach Robin Pflugrad is the Wildcats’ new offensive coordinator.
Weber State head coach Jody Sears also named Steve Morton associate head coach and Eric Lewis defensive coordinator; both coaches were on Sears’ staff last fall.
“I’m very excited for these coaching staff announcements and the direction our football program is headed,” Sears said in a statement from Weber State. “Coach Pflugrad has great experience and expertise as a football coach and is a wonderful person and family man.
“We are fortunate to have such a wonderful person on our staff. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our program and his track record speaks for itself. He brings experience not only in the Pac-10 but also has 11 seasons as an assistant and head coach in the Big Sky. He will be a great asset.”
For Pflugrad, a long-time receivers coach before taking over the Grizzlies in 2010, it's his first job since Montana dismissed him on March 29 of last season.
He was the Big Sky Conference’s Coach of the Year in 2011, after leading the Griz to the league title and the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision.
“I’m extremely excited to return to coaching and really appreciate the opportunity presented to me by Coach Sears and athletic director Jerry Bovee,” Pflugrad said in a statement. “I’ve always had respect for Weber State as a university and a football program and I’m looking forward to being a part of this program.”
Pflugrad played receiver at Portland State and began his coaching career there – first with Mouse Davis in 1980 and then with Don Read in 1982. He came to UM with Read in 1986 and left for Arizona State in 1994. The 55-year-old is making his fourth Big Sky stop; he also was an assistant at Northern Arizona in 2001, after Bruce Snyder’s staff was fired by ASU.
From 2006-08 Pflugrad coached receivers at the University of Oregon under Mike Bellotti, who is also a former Weber State assistant.
When Chip Kelly took over the Ducks, Pflugrad was cut loose; he landed at UM on Bobby Hauck’s staff in 2009, and took over the Griz when Hauck left for UNLV after that season.
The Griz went 18-7 in Pflugrad’s two seasons. He was fired, along with UM athletic director Jim O’Day, while Montana sought to handle allegations of sexual assault by members of the football team. The dismissals came a few days after Pflugrad publicly defended his embattled quarterback, Jordan Johnson, who is currently on trial for rape in Missoula.
At Weber, Pflugrad is taking over for Timm Rosenbach – the man Pflugrad hired to be his offensive coordinator at UM in 2012. Rosenbach left the Griz after one season, moved to Weber and then left for UNLV after just two months.
Weber State went 2-9 last season, its first under Sears. The Wildcats had their own upheaval in the spring of 2012: John L. Smith had been named to replace retiring head coach Ron McBride, but left for Louisville after a couple months.
Sears, the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator, replaced Smith.