Pelluer And Aych Join Husky Coaching Staff

July 29, 2003

Seattle, WA -- Washington head coach Keith Gilbertson announced two additions and two title changes on the Husky coaching staff. Scott Pelluer has been named an assistant coach to fill Gilbertson's position on the staff. Theron Aych joins the staff as a defensive graduate assistant coach. John Pettas, the Huskies' quarterbacks coach, takes on the added responsibilities as offensive coordinator, a title that Gilbertson held as an assistant coach. Randy Hart, who is in his 16th year with the Washington program, has added the duties as assistant head coach.

Pelluer returns to the Washington coaching staff for his second stint this fall as the Huskies' tight ends and special teams coordinator. The former Washington State standout linebacker previously spent the 1996 through 1998 seasons as the UW whip linebackers and safeties coach.

Pelluer returns to Seattle after spending the last two seasons as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at Arizona. While with the Wildcats, Pelluer coached two-time All-Pac-10 first-team linebacker Lance Briggs, who finished third in the conference in tackles last season.

In three seasons at Washington, Pelluer aided in the development of four players that went on to play in the NFL - safeties Tony Parrish and Hakim Akbar and linebackers John Fiala and Jerry Jensen.

After the 1998 season, Pelluer joined the private sector, working for a sports Internet firm while also spending time as color commentator on Washington State's football radio broadcasts. In 2000, he returned to the coaching world, helping lead Skyline High School in Issaquah to the Washington state championship as defensive coordinator.

Pelluer spent three seasons at Northern Arizona as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach before joining the Husky staff in 1996. Under his direction, the Lumberjacks developed a dominating defense that ended the 1995 season ranked No. 1 in every defensive category in the Big Sky Conference. Also nationally ranked in several areas, Northern Arizona's defense ended the 1995 season giving up an average of 14.8 points per game - the lowest total in the Big Sky Conference since the 1978 season.

Even aside from his coaching, Pelluer is a familiar name in the Northwest. A 1981 graduate of Washington State, he was a four-year starter at outside linebacker for the Cougars and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors his senior season. He was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. He finished his career with 240 tackles, including 180 solo tackles. His brother, Steve, was Washington's starting quarterback from 1981-83, earning Pac-10 offensive player of the year honors in 1983. Arnie, his youngest brother, played linebacker at Stanford from 1984-87.

Prior to his arrival at Northern Arizona, Pelluer coached linebackers and was the recruiting coordinator at Boise State from 1987-92. Pelluer played six years professionally for the New Orleans Saints. He began his NFL career as a fourth-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 1981. The Saints picked up Pelluer on waivers in 1981.

While in New Orleans, Pelluer played in 65 games. He also participated in many community activities, organizing the 'Winning Touch' football camp that raised money for the Louisiana Special Olympics. He also served on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House for four years. Pelluer is a member of the American Football Coaches Association.

Pelluer and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of three sons, Tyler (16), Cooper (11), Peyton (8) and one daughter, Jordan (14).

Aych joins the Husky program as a defensive graduate assistant after spending the past three seasons at Houston. He worked as the running backs the past two years after overseeing the tight ends as a graduate assistant coach during his first season with the Cougar program. Last season he coach the Cougars' Joffrey Reynolds, who was a first-team all-Conference USA selection after rushing for 1,545 yards, the third best total in UH history. Reynolds finished the season ranked ninth nationally in rushing.

From 1998-1999 Aych was the assistant head coach at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. He worked as the offensive coordinator at Mesabi Range College (Minn.) in 1997. Aych began is coaching career in the prep ranks as an assistant coach at Aberdeen (S.D.) Central High School.

Aych was a three-time letterwinner as a wide receiver at Northern State University (S.D.), earning a degree in sociology and criminal justice in 1996. He worked toward his master's degree in Physical Education while working at Houston.

Aych and his wife, Gwyn, have a four-year-old son named Thomas.

Pettas returned to Washington last spring to assume the assistant coaching position for the Husky quarterbacks. He has previously coached at Washington in 2001 as a graduate assistant coach.Last season Pettas was the offensive coordinator at Louisville. During the 2000 season he was the offensive coordinator at Arizona State. Pettas has served as the offensive coordinator at Cal Poly SLO (1994), Kent State (1990-92), Nevada (1978-88).

A 1974 graduate of Cal Poly SLO, Pettas quarterbacked the 1971 and 1972 Mustang teams. He helped guide them to an 8-1-1 record and an appearance in the Camelia Bowl in '72. As captain of that squad, Pettas earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention honors.

The 1969 graduate of Monterey (Calif.) High School earned a master's degree in physical education from Colorado. Aych, 32, and his wife Lynn have two children, Amanda (13) and Mallory (11).

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