Craig Bray Named ASU's Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach

Dec. 27, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Craig Bray has been named Arizona State University's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, head football coach Dennis Erickson announced Wednesday.

Bray, a 33-year coaching veteran, is reunited with Erickson, under whom Bray served as defensive coordinator and defensive secondary coach at Oregon State University from 2000-02. He also coached under Erickson for two seasons (1987-88) at Washington State University, serving as the Cougars' defensive secondary coach.

Bray joins the Sun Devils after spending the 2006 season as the University of Minnesota's defensive secondary coach, serving under head coach Glen Mason. Following the 2006 season, both of Minnesota's starting safeties, Dominique Barber and Dominic Jones, earned Honorable Mention All-Big-Ten recognition.

Prior to joining the Golden Gophers' staff, Bray coached the defensive secondary at the University of Colorado during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, and before that Bray spent the 2003 season as the University of Arizona's linebackers coach.

Bray's 2000 defense at Oregon State ranked as the best in both total and scoring defense in the Pacific-10 Conference, while ranking 20th and 16th, respectively, in the NCAA. The unit allowed 314 yards per game and set a school record for fewest rushing yards per game at just over 80 yards per contest. In 2001, Bray coached the Beaver defense to a No. 3 ranking in the conference before taking the 2002 unit to a No. 9 ranking nationally in rushing defense and a No. 11 ranking in total defense.

Bray spent the 1994-99 seasons coaching under Mike Price at Washington State, helping lead the Cougars to the 1994 Alamo Bowl and the 1998 Rose Bowl.

Bray has also coached at the University of Idaho (1984-85, 1989-93), the University of Wyoming (1986), Northern Arizona University (1980-83), the University of Nevada (1976-79) and at UNLV (1975).

Bray joins fellow assistant coaches Jamie Christian, Dan Cozzetto, Rich Olson, Al Simmons, Gregg Smith and Grady Stretz as those who have officially been named to Erickson's coaching staff. Erickson was introduced as head coach by Arizona State University Vice President for University Athletics Lisa Love on Dec. 11.

Additional hires on Coach Erickson's staff will be announced once they are approved by ASU's Human Resources Department.

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