Kent Baer

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Kent Baer
Kent Baer.jpg
Baer after the 2012 Military Bowl
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team UNLV
Conference Mountain West
Biographical details
Born (1951-05-02) May 2, 1951 (age 63)
Logan, Utah
Playing career
1969–1972 Utah State
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1976
1977–1982
1983–1985
1986
1987–1991
1992–1994
1995–2001
2002–2004
2004
2005–2007
2008–2009
2010–2012
2012
2013–2014
2015-present
Yokosuka Seahawks
Utah State (OLB)
Utah State (DC/DB)
Idaho (DC)
California (DC)
Arizona State (DC)
Stanford (DC/LB)
Notre Dame (DC)
Notre Dame (interim HC)
Washington (DC)
San Jose State (LB)
San Jose State (DC/LB)
San Jose State (interim HC)
Colorado (DC)
UNLV (DC/LB)
Head coaching record
Overall 1–1

Kent Lex Baer (born May 2, 1951) is an American college football coach who is currently defensive coordinator at UNLV.

Early life and college years[edit]

Born in Logan, Utah, Baer graduated from Sky View High School of Smithfield, Utah in 1969.[1] Baer then enrolled at Utah State University. At Utah State, Baer lettered in football for four years (1969 through 1972) and graduated with a degree in physical education and recreation.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

On December 11, 2004, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Baer was named interim head coach after regular head coach Tyrone Willingham was fired.[3][4] Notre Dame eventually hired Charlie Weis as new head coach starting 2005.[5]

On January 3, 2005, after Willingham became head coach at Washington, Baer joined Willingham's staff as defensive coordinator.[6] At the conclusion of the 2007 season, after a statistically worst defensive season in UW football history, Willingham decided to let Baer go. In the three years at UW, the defense ranked 94, 95 and 98 in total defense, 89, 85 and 94 in scoring defense, and 106, 102 and 85 in passing defense.(1)

On April 14, 2008, Baer became defensive coordinator at San Jose State under Dick Tomey.[7]

On December 11, 2012, Baer became interim head coach of San Jose State after Mike MacIntyre resigned to become head coach at Colorado. Baer coached the Spartans to a 29-20 victory over Bowling Green University in the 2012 Military Bowl on December 27. MacIntyre announced on December 18 that he would like Baer to join him in Colorado as defensive coordinator.[8] With five other former San Jose State assistants, Baer joined MacIntyre in Colorado on January 3, 2013.[9]

First year head coach Tony Sanchez completed his staff at UNLV when Baer joined on December 22, 2014 as his defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.[10]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent) (2004)
2004 Notre Dame 0–1 [n 1] L Insight [n 1]
Notre Dame: 0–1
San Jose State Spartans (Western Athletic Conference) (2012)
2012 San Jose State 1–0 [n 2] W Military [n 2] 21 21
San Jose State: 1–0
Total: 1–1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tyrone Willingham was fired on November 30. Baer was named interim head coach on December 1 and coached the team in the Insight Bowl.
  2. ^ a b Mike MacIntyre resigned on December 10 to become head coach at Colorado. Baer was named interim head coach on December 11 and coached the team in the Military Bowl.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kent Baer". Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kent Baer". San Jose State Spartans. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "AD cites lack of on-field progress". ESPN. December 1, 2004. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Downey, Mike (December 12, 2004). "Irish players want coach who wants them". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (December 14, 2004). "Weis hopes winning can heal wounds". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ Condotta, Bob (January 4, 2005). "Willingham adds five assistants to Huskies staff". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ Condotta, Bob. "Kent Baer hired at San Jose State". Husky Football Blog. seattletimes.com. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ John Henderson (2012-12-19). "CU Buffs coach Mike MacIntyre will bring in both coordinators from San Jose State". DenverPost.com. 
  9. ^ "MacIntyre Names Six Assistants To Colorado Staff". Colorado Buffaloes. January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sanchez Announces Coaching Staff". UNLV Rebels. December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Greg Mattison
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Defensive coordinator
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Rick Minter