The Beavers have added two new assistants to their coaching staff, completing it just as the spring recruitment period is just starting to heat up. Michael Pitre, most recently Running Backs coach at Montana State will take the same job at Oregon State. Greg Burns, who most recently coached DBs at California, will handle OSU’s secondary. Mike Riley has also been confirmed to be coaching Tight Ends, in addition to his responsibilities as Assistant Head Coach.
Pitre was a member of the UCLA Offensive Line that blocked for Maurice Jones-Drew. After his playing career ended, he spent time as a high school coach and an intern in the New England Patriots organization before joining the University of Colorado as a graduate assistant. He then joined Montana State in 2014, and helped make the Bobcat rushing game one of the most effective in the FCS.
Burns is a PAC-12 mainstay, having played for Washington State before coaching defensive backs at USC, Arizona State, and most recently California. He also spent time in the NFL as the Defensive Backs Coach for Tampa Bay, and has coached the same position at schools such as UMass, Kansas State, and Purdue. Burns long time in college football gives him a lot of experience in recruiting areas the Beavers will hope to focus on, particularly Arizona and Southern California.
With the coaching roster set, the Beavers are in a much more stable position for National Signing Day on February 7th. Oregon State was still in a transitional stage during the early signing period last December, and struggled to lock down some of their commits. Beavers fans will hopefully have reason to be much more optimistic next month.