OGDEN -- New Weber State football coach Jay Hill added 30-plus years of experience with his latest assistant hire.
Hill officially named Brent Myers the associate head coach Tuesday; Myers will also coach the Wildcats' offensive line.
Myers has had coaching stints at UNLV, Louisville, Utah, Washington and Boise State, among others.
He knows Weber State from his time in the Big Sky Conference. He played at Eastern Washington, earning Division II honorable mention All-American, and coached there in two different time periods (1982-83, 1985-1991) in addition to Northern Arizona (1992-97).
"I've had some battles against Weber State over the years and some really good ones," he said. "I've seen the amount of good players that have been through there over the years and I always felt like Weber State was a very good football school. Now recently, it hasn't been the success level everybody's wanted, but in the past it has been."
Myers said he met WSU linebacker Spencer Unga in the football office and asked if he was related to Fine Unga, who is the fifth-leading rusher in Weber State history. Yep -- Spencer is Fine's son.
Myers coached against some other memorable WSU players, he said: Quarterbacks Jamie Martin and Brad Otton, safety/kicker Scott Shields, tight end Alfred Pununu.
Myers coached at EWU with former Weber State football coach and athletics director Jerry Graybeal, now a vice president at WSU.
"For me, it was a great decision (to come to Weber State) and I'm really excited about it," Myers said.
He first met Hill when WSU's new coach was a grad assistant for Utes coach Urban Meyer in 2003 and Myers was the assistant head coach/offensive line coach. They've been close ever since, Myers said.
Hill was "very bright and very good with the players" as a grad assistant, Myers said. "Over the last 10 years, he's had an opportunity to coach a variety of positions and be the special teams coordinator. He had such a great amount of success, as a football team at Utah but also as a special teams guy, and I also know him as a really fine recruiter. I always thought that he was pretty special and very talented. Great with the players, great technical skills and really good people skills."
The young coach is grateful to have a veteran like Myers around.
"Brent brings 33 years of coaching experience to our staff and will be a great help for our program," Hill said in a release from the school. "He has coached at the highest level of college football and done a great job at each place he's been, including time spent in the Big Sky Conference."
Myers was the offensive coordinator at UNLV in 2012; he was replaced by Timm Rosenbach, who was announced as Weber State's incoming offensive coordinator in November 2012 but left for the Rebels' position in January 2013 without coaching a game in Ogden.
Myers wants his offensive line to be a brotherhood of tough, physical players.
"Offensive line is a different group of guys in relationship to the rest of the team," he said. "I say that not in terms of anything that would be perceived as being separate from the team, but they're a fraternity within themselves because nobody does the same thing."
He wants them to know they're important to the team.
"It's a thankless job a lot of the times because the kids don't get a whole lot of praise but do get a lot of criticism if the offense doesn't play very well. Then if they do play good, everybody else gets the praise, but the work is done and the foundation is laid by the O-line."
Offensive line can be the foundation of the work ethic and the leadership of the team as well, Myers said.
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