Ex-Montana head coach named new WSU offensive coordinator

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Roy Burton

OGDEN — Weber State coach Jody Sears has hired former Montana head coach Robin Pflugrad to be his offensive coordinator.

The Wildcats are expected to officially announce Pflugrad’s hire this afternoon, along with promotions for two current staff members.

Eric Lewis, who coached cornerbacks last season, will become the defensive coordinator, taking the reins from Sears, who held the job as well as serving as the interim head coach last season before receiving a three-year extension in November.

Lewis, the son of longtime NFL coach Sherman Lewis, was a defensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan during the 2009 season.

Offensive line coach Steve Morton, who has extensive Pac-12 coaching experience, will also be named associate head coach.

Pflugrad was the 2011 Big Sky coach of the year before being let go along with Montana athletics director Jim O’Day last March.

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom did not give a reason for the firings in his statement at the time, but the dismissals came shortly after Pflugrad offered statements of support for Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson, who returned to the team briefly after being accused of rape.

Johnson’s trial on the charges is currently under way in Missoula, Mont.

Pflugrad led the Grizzlies to the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals in 2011, his second season at Montana, and has coached at Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon and Portland State.

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