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Kent Baer: 2012 Colorado Defensive Coordinator Candidate

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by dio, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

    Dec 21, 2007
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    Kent Baer: Interim Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at San Jose State


    KENT BAER facts
    Born: May 2, 1951 in Logan, Utah


    2010-11 San Jose State University defensive coordinator/linebackers coach
    2008-09 San Jose State University linebackers coach
    2005-07 University of Washington defensive coordinator
    2002-04 University of Notre Dame defensive coordinator
    1995-2001 Stanford University defensive coordinator/ linebackers coach
    1992-94 Arizona State University defensive coordinator
    1987-91 University of California defensive coordinator
    1986 University of Idaho defensive coordinator
    1983-85 Utah State University defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach
    1977-82 Utah State University outside linebackers coach
    1973-76 Yokouska Seahawks (U.S. Navy) head coach
    2002 Broyles Award top-five finalist

    They played for Coach Baer

    Justin Tuck, DE - New York Giants, seven NFL seasons
    Dashon Goldson, DB - San Francisco 49ers, five NFL seasons
    Justin Cole, LB - St. Louis Rams, two NFL seasons
    Patrick Allen, CB - Played seven NFL seasons
    Eddie Cade, DB - Played one NFL season
    Shante Carver, LB - Played four NFL seasons
    Chris Draft, LB - Played 12 NFL seasons
    Hal Garner, LB - Played six NFL seasons
    Mike Hamby, DT - Played one NFL season
    Jon Haskins, LB - Played two NFL seasons
    Steve Hendrickson, LB - Played seven NFL seasons
    Willie Howard, DL - Played two NFL seasons
    Riall Johnson, LB - Played nine professional seasons
    Paul Lavine, DB - Played one NFL season
    Craig Newsome, DB - Played five NFL seasons
    Derrick Rodgers, LB - Played eight NFL seasons
    Aaron Smith, LB - Played one NFL season
    Al Smith, LB - Played nine NFL seasons
    Derek Smith, LB - Played 12 NFL seasons
    Shawn Swayda, DT - Played four NFL seasons
    Pat Tillman, LB - Played four NFL seasons
    Scott Von der Ahe, LB - Played one NFL season
    Brett Wallerstetdt, LB - Played five NFL seasons
    Courtney Watson, LB - Played two NFL seasons
    Jerrott Willard, LB - Played two NFL seasons
    Tank Williams, LB - Played eight NFL seasons
    Coy Wire, LB - Played nine NFL seasons

    Kent Baer is in his fifth season on the San Jose State University football staff. After two seasons as the linebackers coach, he added the duties of defensive coordinator in 2010.

    In his four seasons with the Spartans, Baer's teachings produced two 2010 freshman All-America linebackers in Keith Smith and Vince Buhagiar and a two-time second-team All-WAC selection in Justin Cole. Smith led all 2010 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in tackles and was the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. Cole began 2012 with the St. Louis Rams.

    San Jose State is the seventh FBS university in which he is the defensive coordinator. Baer's best units excel at stopping the run. At Notre Dame in 2004, the Fighting Irish yielded just five rushing touchdowns and was third nationally in rushing defense. In 2002, Notre Dame was nationally ranked in scoring defense (9th), pass efficiency defense (10th), rushing defense (10th), and total defense (13th). Baer was recognized for the Irish's rankings that season as a Frank Broyles Award finalist, recognizing the nation's most outstanding assistant coach. Arizona State was seventh nationally in total defense in 1992.

    Baer has participated in eight bowl games and the 1986 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. He was Notre Dame's interim head coach for the 2004 Insight Bowl. Three teams - Notre Dame in 2002 (17th), California in 1991 (8th) and Idaho in 1986 (16th) finished a season ranked in the Top-20 by the Associated Press.

    Among a select group of coaches to work at the three Bay Area FBS schools, he was at Stanford for four bowl games including the 2000 Rose Bowl during his seven seasons on the staff. The 2001 Cardinal led the Pac-10 in rushing defense - just the second Stanford unit to top the conference in that category. California won 17 of 23 games in his final two seasons there.

    The last 27 years, he has coached and coordinated the New Era Bowl in Japan. The game annually integrates top Japanese college players with selected American players and coaches.

    Baer was a standout linebacker at Utah State during the 1969 through 1972 seasons. He set a school record for total tackles, 116, a record that stood for 10 years. Baer graduated from Utah State in 1973 as a physical education and recreation major.

    He has three adult sons - Brian, Aaron James (A.J.), and Steven Blake. A.J. is a graduate assistant on the 2012 Spartan staff. Baer also has three grandchildren through his son, Brian, and wife, Kristen - girls, Alex and Isabella, and a boy, Max.


  2. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

    Jan 21, 2011
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    Thats quite a resume
  3. FightCu1414

    FightCu1414 Fifth year Senior Club Member

    Aug 9, 2008
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    I wasn't too excited about him at first, but he followed Tyrone quite a bit and I think a bad head coach can hurt a coordinators productivity. I am excited about him now.
  4. buffwings

    buffwings Club Member Club Member

    Jan 2, 2008
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    hope he come to CU
  5. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

    Jan 6, 2008
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    That bowl win looks nice; also the players seemed to love him
  6. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

    Jul 21, 2009
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    I'm counting it as a national championship.
  7. BuffClass90

    BuffClass90 Banned BANNED

    Apr 9, 2012
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    He's a must have IMO. Hope he comes to Boulder.
  8. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo AnalExplosionDeathMatch Club Member

    Oct 8, 2010
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    With the exception of ND, he's alllll west coast. I like that a lot.

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