Mike Levenseller Named WSU's New O-Coordinator

Jan. 31, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Mike Levenseller, a record-setting receiver for Washington State in the mid-1970's and for the last nine years the Cougars' wide receiver coach has been named WSU's new offensive coordinator, head coach Mike Price announced today.

'We are thrilled to have someone of his experience on our staff who can assume the responsibilities,' Price said. The new Cougar coordinator replaces John McDonell, who joined the Stanford Cardinal staff earlier this month.

'Mike is ready for the responsibilities and he's excited about the promotion,' added Price. 'Mike is an outstanding teacher who will bring a little spice to the offense and maybe that's just what we need right now.'

'I look forward to the opportunity to take another step with coach Price,' Levenseller said. 'He has been very influential in my football career. He basically started me out in my college career by recruiting me out of high school.'

Levenseller was recruited out of Curtis High in Tacoma by Price in 1974. During his Cougar career, Levenseller played for head coaches Jim Sweeney, Jackie Sherrill and Warren Powers. He then went on to play professionally with Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati of the National Football League and Edmonton and Calgary in the Canadian Football League. While with the Eskimos in 1982, Levenseller's team won the CFL's Grey Cup.

At WSU, Levenseller caught a school record 67 passes for 1,124 yards in 1976, a single-season record that still stands. He is third in career receptions at WSU with 121. In 1993, Levenseller was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Prior to returning to WSU in 1992 as the Cougars' receiver coach, Levenseller coached in the CFL, first with British Columbia, 1986-89, and later with Toronto, including the 1991 Argonaut team that won the Grey Cup.

'It will be hard to live up to John McDonell's standards,' added Levenseller. 'He orchestrated the best offense in the history of the Pacific-10 Conference just three years ago. I look forward to working with this great staff and being a part of Cougar football for a long time.'

'I have been fortunate to be associated with some very good people, both in the CFL and NFL and here at Washington State,' Levenseller stated. 'However, this will not be Mike Levenseller's offense. Mike Price values input from everyone on the staff and that will not change. Being the coordinator will expand my boundaries and help my growth. I will be more aware of the other areas as opposed to just concentrating on the passing game and my receivers. Part of my job now will be to listen to everyone and try to blend together each phase of the offense.'

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