Coach Smith with VP/A.D. Scott Barnes and OSU President Ed Ray


Coach Smith Adds Talented Coaches to Staff

Coach Smith with VP/A.D. Scott Barnes and OSU President Ed Ray
CORVALLIS – Four more veteran coaches have joined the Oregon State football staff, first-year Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith announced Monday. The quartet of Tim Tibesar, Trent Bray, Kefense Hynson and Legi Suiaunoa (Leng-ee SOO-ee-ow-noah) bring a wealth of experience to OSU from all levels of football.

The appointments are contingent on the completion of all university hiring processes.


Tibesar will be the Beavers' defensive coordinator after spending the last three seasons at Wisconsin as linebackers coach with added responsibilities of defensive run game coordinator in 2017. He has helped the Badgers, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation, to the Orange, Cotton and Holiday Bowls. In his three seasons with Wisconsin, the team has ranked in the top seven in the country for total defense, including leading the nation going into its Orange Bowl matchup with Miami Dec. 30.
His career also includes defensive coordinator appointments with Purdue, Kansas State (2007-08), North Dakota (2004-05) and in the Canadian Football League with Montreal (2011). He was an All-America linebacker, as a player and academically, at North Dakota.

"We felt it was important to hire a coach with significant experience as a defensive coordinator and that is exactly what Coach Tibesar possesses," Smith said. "He has been an integral part of Wisconsin's dominating defense, not only this year, but for the last three seasons and I could not be more excited for him to bring that kind of background to OSU.  Coach Tibesar's impact on our defensive personnel will be immediately evident."


Bray returns to his alma mater as the linebackers coach. The son of longtime college coach Craig Bray, Trent Bray has spent his entire coaching career as a linebackers coach, beginning as a graduate assistant at Arizona State in 2009 before being promoted to a full-time position with the Sun Devils from 2010-11. He was the Beavers' linebackers coach from 2012-14 and spent the last three years in the same capacity at Nebraska.

He was a standout linebacker from 2002-05, compiling 337 career tackles (6th at OSU) and twice garnered then Pac-10 Conference postseason honors, including first team as a senior. In addition, Bray helped the Beavers to three bowl games and earned the Insight Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player honors following OSU's 38-21 win over Notre Dame in 2004.

"Trent Bray is someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for as a coach and leader of young men," Smith said. "His familiarity with Oregon State University and the Pac-12 Conference will pay immediate dividends in the building of this program."


Hynson arrives at OSU as the wide receivers coach after two years in the same role at the University of Hawai'i, where he helped revamp the team's offensive scheme that resulted in the Rainbow Warriors playing in a bowl game for the first time in six years. He has college and NFL experience that includes offensive (co) coordinator at Norfolk State, Montana, Western Washington and Yale.

He also has been on the coaching staffs at Minnesota State-Mankato, Boise State and Willamette. The three-time Northwest Conference defensive back has participated in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program with Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle. He also was selected to participate in the NCAA Football Coaches Academy in 2009 and the NCAA Football Expert Coaches Academy in 2011.

"Coach Hynson has a strong reputation for recruiting within college football circles and his deep ties to the West Coast make him a valuable addition to our staff," Smith said. "He's also a well-known receivers coach who will work closely with Coach (Brian) Lindgren (offensive coordinator) to develop our offensive philosophy."

Suiaunoa assumes the defensive line coaching position after spending the last two years at Hawai'i. He was promoted to the Rainbow Warriors' defensive coordinator for the 2017 season after holding the role as defensive line coach in 2016. Prior to Hawai'i, he spent five seasons as the defensive line coach and one as associate head coach at Montana, helping the Grizzlies to four appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. He also has been the defensive line coach at Portland State, Eastern Oregon and Western Washington.
"Coach Suiaunoa is one of, if not the best developers of defensive linemen I have ever been associated with," Smith said. "In addition, I have the utmost respect for him as a person and I'm excited to welcome him to Beaver Nation."
Tibesar, Bray, Hynson and Suiaunoa join previously announced staff members Jim Michalczik (run game coordinator/offensive line/associate head coach), Mike Riley (assistant head coach), Brian Lindgren (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Jake Cookus (special teams coordinator), Mike McDonald (head strength and conditioning coach) and Dan Van De Riet (chief of staff/director of football operations).
Appointment:  Defensive Coordinator
Family: Wife, Jill. Daughter, Elle
Education: North Dakota, 1995 – bachelor's degree in economics (graduated summa cum laude); San Diego State, 1998 -- master's degree in business
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Bowl Games: 4
FCS Playoffs: 6 (3 as a player)
Coaching History:  2015-17, Wisconsin;  2014, Northwestern; 2013, Chicago Bears; 2012, Purdue; 2009-11, Montreal (CFL); 2006-08, Kansas State; 2001-05, North Dakota
Tibesar Notables:    
6 – Number of years as a defensive coordinator
33-7 – Record at Wisconsin during his tenure (as of Dec. 18)
2 – Number of Big Ten West Division titles at Wisconsin
1 – Rank of 2017 Wisconsin defense (2nd, 2015; 7th, 2016)
Coach of the Year -- FootballScoop Co-Linebackers Coach of the Year (2015)
2 – Number of Grey Cup Championships while with Montreal (CFL)
4.0 – GPA at North Dakota
3 – North Central Conference titles as a player at North Dakota
Appointment: Linebackers
Education: Oregon State, 2007 – bachelor's degree in sociology
Hometown: Pullman, Washington
Bowl Games: 5
Coaching History:  2015-17, Nebraska; 2012-14, Oregon State; 2009-11, Arizona State; 2009, California Redwoods (UFL)
Bray Notables:           
Top 10 – Nebraska ranked in the top 10 for rushing defense (2015)
2 – Pac-12 rank for OSU's scoring defense in 2012
3 – Pac-12 rank for OSU's overall defense in 2012
34  -- Number of games started in his OSU career (consecutive)
337 – Ranks sixth at OSU for career tackles
All-Conference – 2005 Pac-12 First Team and 2004 Pac-10 Second Team
MVP – 2004 Insight Bowl MVP with then bowl record 10 tackles
Appointment:  Wide Receivers
Education: Willamette, 2003 – bachelor's degree in history
Hometown: Oakland, California
Bowl Games: 2
FCS Playoffs: 1
Coaching History:  2016-17, Hawai'i; 2015, Norfolk State; 2012-14, Montana; 2009-11, Yale; 2006-08, Western Washington; 2005, Minnesota State-Mankato; 2004, Boise State; 2003, Willamette
Hynson Notables:    
5 – Participation in Number of NFL Minority Fellowship program with the Lions, Texans, Chiefs, Raiders and Seahawks
10 – Years as an offensive coordinator in college football
14 – Number of seasons as a college football coach
Appointment:  Defensive Line
Family: Wife, Rose Daughters, Malae, Sarai, Rosalani, Timena; Sons, Lawrence and Ramsey  .
Education: Nevada, 2002 – bachelor's degree in general studies administration
Hometown: Oceanside, California
Bowl Games: 1
FCS Playoffs: 4
Assistant Coaching History:  2016-17, Hawai'i; 2011-15, Montana; 2010, Portland State; 2009, Eastern Oregon; 2005-08, Western Washington; 2004, Nevada; 2002-03, Palomar JC
Suiaunoa Notables:     
4 – Number of FCS Playoff appearances
Def. Player of the Year – DE Zach Wagenmann, 2014 Big Sky Conference  
Buchanan Award – DE Tyrone Holmes, one of three finalists for the 2015 Buck Buchanan Award (FCS' top defensive player).
No. 4 – Final national ranking of Palomar JC during his coaching tenure
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