Paul Chryst Accepts Wisconsin Position

Feb. 10, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - Paul Chryst, a former Wisconsin quarterback, tight end and assistant coach, has been hired to return to his alma mater as co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, head coach Barry Alvarez announced.

Chryst has spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oregon State.

Chryst has directed two productive offenses at Oregon State the past two seasons. In 2003 the Beavers were sixth nationally in passing yardage per game (328.1) and 10th in total offense (463.0 yards per game). Last season Oregon State was No. 7 in the country in passing yards per game (308.8).

Chryst last coached at Wisconsin in 2002 when he mentored the tight ends and helped the Badgers reach the Alamo Bowl. He was the tight ends coach with the San Diego Chargers from 1999-01 and is credited with aiding the development of Freddie Jones, the team's offensive player of the year in 2000 after catching 71 passes for 766 yards and five touchdowns.

Prior to his stint with the Chargers, Chryst spent two years as offensive coordinator at Oregon State. His 1998 Beaver offense produced a passing attack that averaged 256.1 yards per game and unveiled future Oregon State career rushing leader Ken Simonton.

Chryst's first full-time coaching position was with the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football from 1991-92. He went on to coaching stops at UW-Platteville, Ottawa (CFL), Illinois State and Saskatchewan (CFL) before his first stop in Corvallis.

A native of Madison, Wis., Chryst attended Platteville High School where he lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track. He led Platteville to the 1983 state title as an all-state quarterback. Chryst earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UW-Madison (1988) after lettering for three years with the football team. Chryst earned a master's degree from West Virginia in 1990 after spending two years there as a graduate assistant coach.

Chryst and his wife, Robin, have three children: Katryn, Mikayla and Danny.

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