Following the hiring of Wisconsin Outside Linebacker Coach Tim Tibesar, the Beavers continued filling out their new coaching staff with the addition of three new position coaches. Trent Bray joins as the Linebackers Coach, Kefense Hynson will take over Wide Receivers, and Legi Suiaunoa will coach the Defensive Line
Bray has a history at Oregon State, playing Linebacker from 2002-05, and joining the staff as Linebackers Coach in 2012 after filling the same position at Arizona State. Bray left Corvallis to join Mike Riley in Nebraska, once again coaching Linebackers. He was briefly the interim head coach in Lincoln following Riley’s firing.
Hynson is most recently the Wide Receivers coach for the University of Hawaii, having coached there since 2016. Hynson has a wide variety of coaching experience, having served as Wide Receivers Coach for Norfolk State, as Co-Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach, Tight Ends Coach, and Special Teams Coach at various times for Montana, Wide Receivers Coach and Co-Offensive Coordinator at Yale, and Running Backs Coach at Minnesota State. He also served as Boise State’s Director of Football Operations in 2004.
Hynson will be joined by fellow Hawaii coach Suiaunoa, who was the team’s Defensive Coordinator, having been promoted from Defensive Line Coach this past season. Prior to his time with the Warriors, Suiaunoa was also at the University of Montana, again as the Defensive Line Coach. His tenure there overlapped with new OSU Head Coach Jonathan Smith’s. He has also coached Defensive Line at Portland State and Eastern Washington.
Hynson and Suiaunoa were both strong recruiters for Hawaii, and will hopefully allow the Beavers to retain their strong presence recruiting Polynesian athletes.
Today’s hirings leave the Oregon State coaching staff mostly filled out, with two exceptions. Defensive Backs Coach and Running Backs Coach both remain unfilled. The additions, in particular the filling out of the Defensive staff, will look to bolster the Beavers final pitches to potential recruits before the early signing period begins on December 20th.