December 10, 2004
1986-87 Oklahoma State Grad. Asst. 1988 Oklahoma State Recruit. Coord. 1989-91 Oklahoma State Linebackers 1992-94 Utah State Linebackers 1995-97 Oklahoma State Linebackers 1998-00 Boise State Def. Coord. 2001-04 Arizona State Def. Coord. 2005- Utah State Head Coach
1979-82 Oklahoma State DE/LB
1979 Booker HS Booker, Texas 1983 Oklahoma State Hotel and Restaurant Administration
Born Sept. 5, 1960 in Perryton, Texas. Married to the former Shawn McManus. Daughter Madison and son Riley.
"Courage. Confidence. Commitment." That is not only the 2008 motto for the Utah State Athletics Department, but a pure fit for USU head coach Brent Guy and the Aggie football team entering the 2008 season.
It is Guy's fourth year and he has the courage that he has done things the right way, confidence in that system and belief, and been committed to that system for all four years.
In 2005, Guy played 20 freshmen and had 12 start at least one game. In 2006, USU played 16 freshmen, including nine who started at least one game, and last season, Guy played 22 freshmen, including eight true freshmen, with 10 getting starting experience. That system has paid off entering this season as Guy and the Aggies have 12 three-year lettermen among the 17 seniors, matching last year's total for the most during Guy's tenure. Of the 19 juniors, 10 of them are two-year lettermen.
This past spring, Guy and USU went through spring drills with the full allotment of 85 scholarship players for the first time during his time at the helm of the Aggies, a sign of strength in numbers.
Athletically, Guy has coached one All-American, two freshmen All-Americans, two NFL Draft players and three NFL free agents. A total of 11 players (four in `05, three in `06, four in `07) have earned first or second-team all-WAC honors, plus the 2005 WAC Freshman of the Year.
Off the field under Guy's direction, USU has had a total of 44 players (15 in `05, 13 in `06, 16 in `07) named academic all-WAC.
When previous Utah State athletics director Randy Spetman went looking for a new head football coach in December of 2004, he wanted somebody who knew what it would take to rebuild a program, had a commitment to student-athletes both athletically and academically and who wanted to live in Cache Valley.
Brent Guy fit that bill well and the 25th head football coach at Utah State University is guiding the Aggies as they enter their fourth season in the Western Athletic Conference.
Guy, a former Utah State assistant coach from 1992-94, spent the previous four seasons (2001-04) as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Arizona State. He replaced Mick Dennehy, who was fired after posting a 19-37 record in five years at Utah State.
"Brent Guy has been involved in reviving some football programs that have become national-level programs in Boise State and Arizona State," Spetman said when he hired Guy. "He was here when Utah State won a bowl game and he understands our situation here.
"He is a family man and a quality individual," Spetman added. "He cares about the welfare of the student-athletes and he puts academics first."
During his first stint at Utah State from 1992-94, working with the linebackers under then head coach Charlie Weatherbie, the Aggies won a Big West Conference Championship and posted the only bowl victory in school history, winning the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, 42-33, against Ball State.
While at Utah State, Guy coached two-time first-team all-Big West Conference selection Jermaine Younger as well as David Gill, who would go on to be named all-league first-team in 1995 and 1996.
"Obviously my family and I are excited to be able to live in Cache Valley," Guy said when he was hired on Dec. 10, 2004. "We liked living there so much our first time at Utah State and couldn't wait to return.
"I am excited about the opportunity to coach at Utah State at this time because there is a lot of excitement as we enter the Western Athletic Conference and build a new athletic complex," Guy added. "This will help us to become a competitive team and become a consistent winner, which is what we have to learn to be."
While serving as Arizona State's defensive coordinator for four seasons, Guy left the Sun Devils in great shape. In 2004, ASU went 9-3 and defeated Purdue in the Sun Bowl. That marked the Sun Devils' second bowl appearance in three years. ASU's defense finished 2004 ranked 28th nationally in rushing defense, 32nd in pass efficiency defense and 48th in both total and scoring defense.
In 2002, Guy's defense forced 40 turnovers, including 22 interceptions. Those totals ranked third and fourth in the country, respectively. In addition, ASU recorded an incredible 123 tackles for loss, including 52 sacks that season.
As the defensive coordinator at Boise State from 1998-2000, he helped the Broncos become the cream of the league as BSU won the 1999 and 2000 Big West Championships posting a 10-1 combined conference record in those two years. BSU then went on to win consecutive Humanitarian Bowls after those seasons.
Under his guidance, Boise State led the Big West in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense in both 1999 and 2000. In 1999, the Broncos ranked 28th in the nation in scoring defense allowing just 20.5 points per game.
Guy, who has been a part of nine bowl teams in his playing and coaching career, had two stints coaching at his alma mater of Oklahoma State. After serving as a graduate assistant (1986-87) and recruiting coordinator (1988) there, Guy coached the Cowboy linebackers from 1989-91 and then again from 1995-97.
Guy began his playing career at Oklahoma State as a walk-on and became a starter at both defensive end and linebacker. As a senior in 1982 he started at linebacker and recorded 106 tackles to rank third on the team. He also had three tackles for loss, recovered one fumble, had one interception and broke up seven passes.
While at Oklahoma State, Guy played against current USU offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey, when Guy was a linebacker for the Cowboys and Dickey was a quarterback at Kansas State. Oklahoma State won all four meetings during Guy and Dickey's tenures, winning 42-15 in 1979, 10-0 in 1980, 31-10 in '81 and 24-16 in '82. In the 1982 Cowboy-Wildcat clash, Guy had 18 tackles, including one TFL and two pass break-ups, while Dickey was 17-of-35 passing for 185 yards with two TD's and one INT.
He started at defensive end as a junior in 1981 and registered 48 tackles. As a sophomore he was credited with 21 tackles.
Guy graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in hotel and restaurant administration in 1983. He and his wife Shawn have two children, Madison and Riley.
What Others Are Saying...
"Coach Guy has worked extremely hard in the rebuilding of our football program and has done it the right way. He has great experience having been involved in developing other programs at Boise State and Arizona State. His focus has been on recruiting and developing young talent and he has been effective in bringing prospective student-athletes to Utah State who will excel both on the field and in the classroom. Coach Guy has operated his program with great integrity and he personally has demonstrated a high degree of character in the process. He is a wonderful ambassador for our university. Brent has put the pieces in place and signs of improvement on the football field are evident."- USU Director of Athletics Scott Barnes
"Brent Guy has been involved in reviving some football programs that have become national-level programs in Boise State and Arizona State. He was here when Utah State won a bowl game and he understands our situation here. He is a family man and a quality individual. He cares about the welfare of the student-athletes and he puts academics first." - former USU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman
"Brent is a dynamic leader of young men. His leadership skills are among the best I have seen in our profession. He was a major part of our 8-3 campaign (in 2004). I am very proud of him and I wish him well at Utah State University." - former Arizona State head coach and current Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter
"He was a solid coach. He definitely knew what he was doing. He was energetic. He knew how to get his players excited for a game. He was a player's coach. He was strict and he instilled his game plan well. You had to know what you were doing, you had to know where to be. That was one of his big things. Regardless of how you play, you have got to know where to be." - Solomon Bates, former Arizona State and former NFL player.
Oklahoma State Linebackers Coach
Involved in three bowl games (1987 Sun, 1988 Holiday, 1997 Alamo).
Utah State Linebackers Coach
Boise State Defensive Coordinator
Arizona State Defensive Coordinator
Utah State Head Coach