February 24, 1999
Buzz Preston was named running backs coach at Stanford University today, head coach Tyrone Willingham announced.
Preston has coached at UNLV, Washington State, Hawaii and Southern Illinois after graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1982. He recently coached quarterbacks and was the offensive coordinator at UNLV in 1998 after a four-year stint as running backs coach at Washington State from 1994-97.
"We feel very fortunate to have Buzz join our coaching staff," said Willingham. "He has proven to be a quality coach at the collegiate level and we feel he brings with him the expertise and enthusiasm we need to coach our running backs."
Preston, 42, was a member of the WSU staff that led the Cougars to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 67 years following the '97 season. He was part of a Cougar offense that ranked among the best in Pac-10 history.
During his seven years at Hawaii (1987-93), Preston coached special teams, receivers and defensive backs as well being the strength conditioning coordinator. He helped lead the Rainbows to two bowl appearances and was a member of a coaching staff that was twice named WAC Coaching Staff of theYear.
Preston was the defensive backfield coach at Southern Illinois University from 1984-86. He worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Washington in 1983.
Preston replaces Earle Mosley, who left Stanford to become running backs coach with the Chicago Bears.