Jan. 15, 2004
Seattle - Washington football head coach Keith Gilbertson announced today that Seattle native Brent Myers has been named to replace Dan Cozzetto as the Huskies' offensive line coach. Cozzetto accepted a coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers last week.
Myers rejoins the Washington staff after spending the past season as the assistant head coach and guards/centers coach for Urban Meyer at Utah. Last season the Utes posted a 10-2 record and defeated Southern Mississippi in the Liberty Bowl. Utah was 6-1 in Mountain West Conference play, winning the school's first outright conference championship since 1957. The Utes were 21st in both the final major wire service polls.
Myers was an assistant coach at Washington for three seasons from 2000-2002, coaching the Husky offensive line. Last season was his 22nd season of coaching collegiate football.
During Myers first stint at Washington, he took over the offensive line coaching duties from Gilbertson, who moved up to the UW's offensive coordinator position. Myers had four returning starters that season, and helped to mold them into one of the nation's best blocking units that led the Huskies to the Pac-10 title and a Rose Bowl Championship. Two of the seniors on that unit, Elliot Silvers and Chad Ward, were All-Pac-10 selections and went on to be drafted by NFL teams and a third, Wes Call, signed a free agent contract. Ward also won the Morris Trophy, given to the Pac-10's top lineman, and was a second-team All-American.
During the 2001 season Myers faced the task of building the offensive line around one returning starter. Despite the number of inexperienced players, the Husky line proved to be one of the best in the Pac-10. Kyle Benn, the lone senior, earned All-Pac-10 honors and was a regional Academic All-American. During the 2002 season his unit's pass blocking abilities helped Husky quarterback Cody Pickett to set a single-season passing record with 4,458 yards.
Myers came to Washington after a brief stint at the University of Arizona, where he was coaching the offensive line during spring practice. Prior to that Myers had worked as the offensive coordinator at Boise State.
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. Myers 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.
Myers was an assistant at Northern Arizona from 1992 to 1997, when former Husky assistant coach Steve Axman was head coach. 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, when the Lumberjacks led the nation in total offense and scoring and became the first Division I team to have a 3,000-yard passer (Travis Brown) and a 2,000-yard rusher (Archie Ammerson) in the same season. That year, Myers was honored as Offensive Coordinator of the Year by the AFCA.
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 master's degrees from EWU, in 1982 and 1986. Myers was a Division II honorable mention All-American at Eastern in 1981. He attended Columbia Basin Junior College from 1978-79 and helped his team to the 1978 national championship as the starting center on the offensive line.
Myers, 43, began his coaching career in 1984 at Southern Illinois for former Husky assistant coach Ray Dorr. He and his wife, Susan, have a daughter, Morgan.