Oregon State on Wednesday night announced the hiring of Jonathan Smith as football coach.
Smith was Boise State’s quarterbacks coach from 2012 to 2013 under coach Chris Petersen. He followed Petersen to Washington, where he was the offensive coordinator for four years.
Smith joins Petersen (Washington) and Justin Wilcox (Cal) as former Boise State coaches leading Pac-12 programs. Petersen was the Broncos’ head coach from 2006 to 2013 and offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2005. Wilcox was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009 and a graduate assistant in 2001-02.
Smith, a former Oregon State quarterback, also has coached at Oregon State, Idaho (quarterbacks coach, 2004-09) and Montana.
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“I want to thank President Ray and Scott Barnes for their confidence in presenting me this opportunity to return to Oregon State University to be the head coach,” Smith said in a press release. “I also want to express my gratitude to Coach (Chris) Petersen for providing me a path to realize my dream as a head coach.
“... Oregon State University is a special place and I have many memories of being a part of Beaver Nation. I played for some of the best coaches I have ever been around and learned many of the qualities I have utilized in my coaching career.”