OSU Hires Christian To Replace Gray

Jan. 13, 2003

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CORVALLIS - Jamie Christian, a former graduate assistant, will return to Oregon State as the Beavers' defensive line coach, replacing Michael Gray, it was announced Monday by Coach Dennis Erickson.

Christian, 30, served two years as a graduate assistant on defense for OSU during the 2000 and 2001 football seasons. Christian joins the Beavers' staff after spending one season as the secondary coach at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Christian fills the opening on the OSU staff, which was created with the departure of Gray to Kentucky to be reunited with Rich Brooks. Gray, who played for Brooks at Oregon, also served as an assistant coach under Brooks with the St. Louis Rams.

'Jamie is a fine young coach and we are fortunate to get him back at Oregon State,' said Erickson. 'Jamie spent his two years here working with Gray and he is very familiar with our scheme and personnel. He will be a valuable addition to our staff.'

Jamie spent three years as a fullback at Fresno State University (1990-93) before transferring to Central Washington to complete his education. He was a running back on Central's 1995 NAIA national championship team. He is a 1990 graduate of Milpitas High School in Milpitas, CA.

Christian earned his B.A. from Central Washington in 2000 with a major in law and justice.

Jamie coached at Ballard High School (1999) in Seattle, WA before joining the Oregon State staff as a graduate assistant.

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