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Oregon State adds two Assistants to Coaching Staff

Jason Phillips and John Rushing join the staff.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Oregon State has hired Jason Phillips (passing game coordinator/wide receiver coach) and John Rushing (safeties coach) to replace Brent Brennan and Derrick Odum’s, after their departures to San Jose State.

Jason Phillips has previously been apart of the coaching staffs at Kansas, SMU, Baylor, and Texas State. He also had a prolific career as a wide receiver. He led the nation in receiving yards for Houston in 1987 and 1988, when he was catching passes from Heisman winner Andre Ware. He went on to play in the NFL and CFL.

John Rushing has spent the last seven seasons in a variety of roles for the Green Bay Packers. Before joining the Packers he coached the secondary at Utah State and spent time on Andersen’s staff. John Rushing has also spent time coaching at Montana State and Willamette and played college football for Washington State, before he started coaching.

Both men are considered strong recruiters and should assimilate themselves onto Andersen’s staff seamlessly. The addition of Jason and John is causing some shifting throughout the staff though. T.J. Woods is now the run game coordinator. Kevin McGiven will be the sole offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Dave Baldwin will coach tight ends. Chad Kau’ha’aha’a will coach both the outside linebackers and the defensive line and Coach Andersen will give up position coach responsibilities. Check out the updated 2017 coaching staff list and roles below.


2017 Oregon State coaching staff

Head coach: Gary Andersen

Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach: Kevin McGiven

Defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach: Kevin Clune

Offensive line coach/running game coordinator: T.J. Woods

Wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator: Jason Phillips

Running backs coach: Telly Lockette

Tight ends coach: Dave Baldwin

Defensive line coach/outside linebackers coach/associate head coach: Chad Kau'ha'aha'a

Cornerbacks coach: Cory Hall

Safeties coach: John Rushing