Brent Guy Tabbed As 25th Aggie Head Football Coach
Dec. 10, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Brent Guy has been named as the 25th head football coach at Utah State University it was announced by Aggie athletics director Randy Spetman on Friday.
Guy, a former Utah State assistant coach from 1992-94, has spent the last four seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Arizona State. He replaces Mick Dennehy, who was fired after posting a 19-37 record in the last five years.
"Brent Guy has been involved in reviving some football programs that have become national-level programs in Boise State and Arizona State," Spetman said. "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."
The 44-year old Guy's contract will be for five years and his compensation package will be worth approximately $300,000 per year.
Guy previously coached at Utah State from 1992-94, working with the linebackers under then head coach Charlie Weatherbie. In that time, the Aggies won the 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. "We liked living there so much our first time at Utah State and can'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."
Arizona State went 8-3 this season and will play Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, marking its second bowl appearance in the last three years. The Sun Devils' defense enters the bowl season ranked 33rd in the NCAA in pass efficiency defense, 35th in rushing defense, 48th in total defense and 52nd in 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 league 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 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.
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Guy Note-able Brent Guy has coached against Utah State five times in his career. While at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys beat USU in 1996. While at Boise State, the Broncos beat USU three times, and while at Arizona State, the Sun Devils defeated USU in 2003. After being named an all-state running back at Booker (Texas) High School in the Texas panhandle, Guy walked on at Oklahoma State and lettered three seasons while starting at four different positions. Boise State was 2-10 in 1996 and 4-7 in 1997 in the two years before Guy joined the staff. The Broncos were then a combined 26-10 in his three years there. Helped Utah State to a 7-5 record in 1993 for its first winning season in 13 years. USU also recorded its only bowl victory that year. In his second year at Arizona State, Guy helped the Sun Devils to an 8-6 record for ASU's first winning season in five years. Played for Jimmy Johnson at Oklahoma State and assisted Pat Jones and Bob Simmons at Oklahoma State. Was an assistant for Charlie Weatherbie at Utah State. Was an assistant for Dirk Koetter at Boise State and Arizona State.
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What Others Are Saying
Dirk Koetter, Arizona State Head Coach
"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 this year. I am very proud of him and I wish him well at Utah State University."
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Solomon Bates, Former Arizona State player currently with the Seattle Seahawks
"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."
"I am happy for him. He is been a D-coordinator for years now, and he has had solid defenses. He put up good numbers. I know he will do well being a head coach. I wish him luck."
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Houston Nutt, Arkansas Head Coach, who was a teammate of Guy at Oklahoma State and coached with him at Boise State
"Brent is a good friend. He is a very hard worker and he has worked his way up everywhere he has been. As a player he was hard-nosed and had a great work ethic. He is an excellent choice. He is a good family man and will do a great job. I am very proud of him and wish him nothing but the best."
Brent Guy File
1986-87 Oklahoma State Graduate Assistant
1988 Oklahoma State Recruiting Coordinator
1989-91 Oklahoma State Linebackers
1992-94 Utah State Linebackers
1995-97 Oklahoma State Linebackers
1998-2000 Boise State Defensive Coordinator
2001-2004 Arizona State Defensive Coordinator
Year by Year Coaching Record (as an assistant)
Okla. State All Conf. Conf. Finish Bowl Game
1986 6-5 4-3 4th 1987 10-2 5-2 3rd Sun 1988 10-2 5-2 3rd Holiday 1989 4-7 3-4 5th 1990 4-7 2-5 6th 1991 0-10-1 0-6-1 8th Utah State 1992 5-6 4-2 T2nd 1993 7-5 5-1 T1st Las Vegas 1994 3-8 2-4 T4th Oklahoma State 1995 4-8 2-5 T5th 1996 5-6 2-6 T5th South 1997 8-4 5-3 T2nd South Alamo Boise State 1998 6-5 2-3 4th 1999 10-3 5-1 1st Humanitarian 2000 10-2 5-0 1st Humanitarian Arizona State 2001 4-7 1-7 9th 2002 8-6 5-3 3rd Holiday 2003 5-7 2-6 T8th 2004 8-3 5-3 T3rd Sun
1981 Independence Bowl Oklahoma State (Player)
1987 Sun Bowl Oklahoma State
1988 Holiday Bowl Oklahoma State
1993 Las Vegas Bowl Utah State
1997 Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State
1999 Humanitarian Bowl Boise State
2000 Humanitarian Bowl Boise State
2002 Holiday Bowl Arizona State
2004 Sun Bowl Arizona State
NFL Players Coached
Solomon Bates Arizona State Seattle
Jack Golden Oklahoma State New York Giants
Bryan Johnson Boise State Washington
Jevon Langford Oklahoma State Cincinnati
Mason Unck Arizona State Cleveland
Kenyatta Wright Oklahoma State Buffalo
1979-82 Oklahoma State Linebacker
1979 Booker High School Booker, Texas
1983 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla.
Born September, 1960.
He and his wife Shawn of two children, Madison (13) and Riley (7).
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All-Time Utah State Coaching Records
Years Coach Seasons W-L-T (Pct.) 1892 No Head Coach 1 1-0-0 (1.00) 1896 Prof. Mayo 1 0-1-0 (.000) 1898 Lt. Dunning 1 0-1-0 (.000) 1899-1900 Willard Langton 2 1-1-0 (.500) 1901 Dick Richards 1 3-2-1 (.583) 1902-06 George P. Campbell 5 10-14-1 (.500) 1907-08 Fred M. Walker 2 11-2-0 (.846) 1909-15 Clayton T. Teetzel 7 24-18-2 (.568) 1916-17 Jack Watson 2 8-5-2 (.600) 1918 Earl Pickering 0 No Games 1919-48 E. Lowell Romney 29 128-91-16 (.579) 1949-50 George Melinkovich 2 5-16-0 (.238) 1951-54 John O. Roning 4 18-21-2 (.463) 1955-58 Ev Faunce 4 15-24-1 (.388) 1959-62 John Ralston 4 31-11-1 (.733) 1963-66 Tony Knap 4 25-14-1 (.638) 1967-72 Chuck Mills 6 38-23-1 (.621) 1973-75 Phil Krueger 3 21-12-0 (.636) 1976-82 Bruce Snyder 7 37-38-2 (.494) 1983-85 Chris Pella 3 9-24-0 (.273) 1986-91 Chuck Shelton 6 26-39-1 (.402) 1992-94 Charlie Weatherbie 3 15-19-0 (.441) 1995-97 John L. Smith 3 16-17-0 (.485) 1998-99 Dave Arslanian 2 7-15-0 (.318) 2000-04 Mick Dennehy 5 19-37-0 (.339)