Jan. 6, 2005
Coach Kent Baer has worked for Tyrone Willingham the past 10 years at Stanford and Notre Dame. Washington will mark the fourth Pac-10 school where Baer has worked as defensive coordinator. He was defensive coordinator at Notre Dame from 2002-04 and served as the Irish head coach during the 2004 Insight.com Bowl. Baer coached the linebackers at Stanford in 1995-98 and added the duties of defensive coordinator for the 1999-2001 campaigns. Baer started his collegiate coaching career at his Alma matter, Utah State, from 1977-85 and held similar roles at Idaho (1986). California (1987-91) and Arizona State (1992-94). Gohuskies.com caught up to Coach Baer and got his initial impressions on joining the Husky coaching staff.
Gohuskies.com: What is it like to work with Coach Willingham?
Kent Baer: I have been with Tyrone for ten years so I probably know him better than anybody. He is a tremendous guy to work for. I have had some other options the last few months and years and I just choose to be with Tyrone just because I know what type of football coach he is. He is a tremendous individual, does things the right way, very competitive, and he is a great guy to work with.
Gohuskies.com: What are some of the first things that come to mind when you hear "Washington Husky football?"
KB: I think back to all the times I came to this stadium and never won a game. I look back to the first year I was in the Pac-10, which was 1987, and all the great Husky teams in the late 80's and early 90's and I have always felt that the UW was one of the better programs in the country, and I still do.
Gohuskies.com: How would you describe your coaching style?
KB: I have been characterized as very demanding. I expect a lot of people. I expect a lot of myself. I have a very physical style of defensive, multiple threats, creating a lot of turnovers, getting after people, being aggressive. That is how I have been characterized and that is probably pretty fair.
Gohuskies.com: Have you had an opportunity to view any of the defensive players on tape? If so, what is your impressions?
KB: I have not looked at our defensive yet. I have not looked at any of our defensive kids yet. I will by next week some time I just haven't had a chance to do so yet.
Gohuskies.com: Do you have any memories of the players from preparing for the 2004 Washington-Notre Dame game?
KB:Washington has always had some physical players over the years and I thought that they did then. I know they lacked their quarterback because he got hurt and I know they lost their best receivers, both of them in our game. I remember that, but I have always thought Washington was a physical football team and I still do.
Gohuskies.com: What type of players are you trying to recruit?
KB: The best players we can find. Good kids with good character. The best football players we can find.
Gohuskies.com: What region is your focus?
KB: We are all going to head to California right now, that's where most of the numbers are right now. I know that we got some guys working in Washington. There are some guys that we have to go look at and see if we can finish this thing right.
Gohuskies.com: How do you feel about moving to Seattle and the West coast?
KB: Well, it's just me. I have two boys who live in Arizona and an older son who lives in Utah. It's a little easier for me than some of the other coaches. It is just a matter of getting moved and selling the house, all those little things you have to worry about, and finding a place to live.