Weber State football: Jody Sears named as head coach, signs three-year contract

By Paul Grua

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21 2012 5:00 p.m. MST

Jody Sears is the 10th head coach in Weber State football history.

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Weber State University announced Friday the signing of head coach Jody Sears to a three-year contract to lead the Wildcat football program. In addition Sears immediately announced the hiring of Timm Rosenbach as the new offensive coordinator at Weber State. Rosenbach, a former NFL quarterback, comes to Weber State after spending last season as the offensive coordinator at the University of Montana.

Weber State Director of Athletics Jerry Bovee made the announcement Wednesday following the completion of the 2012 season where Sears served as interim head coach.

“Coach Sears was put into an unprecedented situation this past season and did a wonderful job of keeping our team together and leading the Wildcat football program,” Bovee said. “He did it with style and class, engaging the community and fans in a positive way, all while maintaining stability in our program. Under coach Sears’ leadership, the team competed each week despite the difficult situation they faced this year with three head coaches in such a short time. He now has an opportunity to build the program and make the changes that will help get us back to competing for conference championships and taking the team into the playoffs consistently.

“By adding coach Rosenbach and his experience on the offensive side of the ball we are assembling a staff that I’m confident will continue to build the program and reach our ultimate goals,” Bovee added. “It also maintains stability for our program and keeps us focused on academics and establishing a solid recruiting base.”

The 2012 season was Sears’ 19th season coaching college football. He came to Weber State in January 2012 as the defensive coordinator and was named interim head coach on April 23, following spring practice. He also served as defensive coordinator for the Wildcats during the season.

In 2012 the Wildcats posted wins over Big Sky rivals Southern Utah and Idaho State. Under Sears’ watch, the Weber State defense ranked third in the Big Sky in total defense in conference games. The ‘Cats were also sixth in rushing defense and seventh in passing defense in conference games. WSU junior linebacker Anthony Morales finished the year first in the Big Sky and third in the nation in tackles.

“I’m absolutely humbled, honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to coach and lead the football program at Weber State,” Sears said. “I love where our team is and the direction we are going and I’m looking forward to growing the program in the seasons to come. I’ve known coach Rosenbach for many years and know he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program.”

Sears is the 10th head football coach in Weber State history. Before coming to Weber State, Sears spent three seasons as co-defensive coordinator at his alma mater Washington State in the Pac-12. He also spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Conference, helping the Eagles win a conference title and make three trips to the FCS Playoffs.

Prior to his time at Eastern Washington, Sears spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Army. He also spent time as an assistant coach at S. Ambrose University and Iowa State. He was a two-year letterwinner at Washington State and graduated in 1991. Sears, 45, is a native of Pullman, Washington. He and his wife Molly are the parents of five children.

Rosenbach will take over as offensive coordinator at Weber State and brings an extensive resume of playing and coaching experience to the Wildcats.

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