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Willingham Hires from Within
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

February 2, 1999

STANFORD, Calif, - Kent Baer, Stanford's linebackers coach since 1995, has been elevated to defensive coordinator, head coach Tyrone Willingham announced today.

Baer, who will continue in his role as linebackers coach, had served as the defensive coordinator for 12 seasons at Utah State, California and Arizona State before joining Willingham's staff at Stanford in 1995.

"In my search for a defensive coordinator, I wanted to make sure that I looked near and far for the best candidate to create team chemistry and provide leadership for our defense," said Willingham. "And upon looking outside for that person, I found the best candidate to be inside our program.

"Kent Baer brings with him a solid background of coaching in the Pac-10 Conference," Willingham continued. "I'm excited that he decided to take on the added responsibility of defensive coordinator and I'm looking forward to him leading our defense."

Baer, 47, was the defensive coordinator at Utah State (1983-85), Idaho (1986), California (1987-91) and Arizona State (1992-94) before coming to Stanford as part of Willingham's first staff in 1995. He has been Stanford's linebackers coach the past four years.

"To say that I am thrilled and excited about the opportunity is an understatement," said Baer. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years at Stanford working under Tyrone, the coaching staff and the student-athletes and I am very excited about being able to continue to be a part of the Stanford football program."

A 1973 graduate of Utah State, Baer began his coaching career as a head coach for the Yokosuka Seahawks (U.S. Navy) from 1973-76. He moved on to Utah State from 1977-85 where he coached outside linebackers from '77-'82 before becoming secondary coach and defensive coordinator from '83-'85.

In 1986, he coached linebackers and was the defensive coordinator at Idaho. From 1987-91, he was again linebackers coach and defensive coordinator at Cal. He was part of the Bear's back-to-back bowl teams in 1990 and '91, including the 1991 team which finished ranked No. 8 in the country.

Baer coached inside linebackers and was the defensive coordinator at Arizona State from 1992-94. His '92 Sun Devil defense ranked seventh in the nation in total defense.


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