March 29, 2000
SEATTLE - Brent Myers, offensive coordinator at Boise State last season, has been hired to coach the Husky offensive line, Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel announced today. He also announced current staffer Steve Axman as assistant head coach.
Coaching duties on offense include Axman working with quarterbacks and wide receivers along with his assistant head coaching duties. Wayne Moses will continue to work with running backs and offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson will handle tight end responsibilities. The realignment was created after former coordinator and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell accepted a postion with the Denver Broncos earlier this month.
"I am ecstatic to be joining the Husky program," Myers said. "My long time goal has been to be an offensive line coach at a Pac-10 school. But my dream has been to return home to Washington and coach for the Huskies. I grew up with purple in my veins and I couldn't be more excited."
Myers, 39, comes to Washington after a brief stint at the University of Arizona, where he was coaching the offensive line during spring practice. In 1999, Boise State led the Big West in offense with 33 points per game and averaged more than 414 yards per game in total offense while posting a 10-3 record. He joined the Boise State staff in 1998 and was promoted to offensive coordinator before the start of the 1999 season. At BSU, he helped lead the Broncos to the 1999 Big West Conference championship and a 34-31 victory over Louisville in the Humanitarian Bowl.
"Brent not only brings great energy and expertise to our program, but he is well known amongst our staff," Neuheisel said. "The cohesiveness of our staff should not be interrupted. He will be here for the start of spring practice and he'll have to learn on the run, but I'm sure he will adapt easily."
Myers was an assistant coach on the Northern Arizona staff from 1992 to 1997, when Axman was head coach of the Lumberjacks. He worked with linebackers for one year before moving to the offensive line. He was named associate head coach in 1994 and offensive coordinator in 1996. In 1996, the Lumberjacks led the nation in total offense and scoring and became the first Division I program ever to have a 3,000-yard passer (Travis Brown) and a 2,000-yard rusher (Archie Ammerson) in the same season. Following the season, Myers was honored as Offensive Coordinator of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
A graduate of Eastern Washington, Myers coached at his alma mater from 1985 to 1991, in a variety of positions including tight ends, offensive line, linebackers and defensive line. He earned his undergraduate and masters degrees from EWU, in 1982 and 1986, respectively. Myers began his coaching career in 1984 at Southern Illinois.
He and his wife, Susan, have a three-year-old daughter, Morgan.
Axman's promotion to assistant head coach comes after the designation of Gilbertson as offensive coordinator. Gilbertson was assistant head coach last season, while Dorrell was offensive coordinator.
"I am excited about the opportunity to work with coach Neuheisel as assistant head coach," Axman said. "I am hopeful that my ex-head coaching abilities will help him with the tremendous volume of work that a head coach faces every day. The potential for the Husky football program is enormous. I look at this as a great challenge to help the program in its quest to return to national dominance."