Oregon St. names Trent Bray head coach

Oregon State named Trent Bray its next head coach on Tuesday.Bray was promoted after serving as the Beavers’ defensive coordinator for two-plus seasons. He joined the Oregon State coaching staff in 2018 as the linebackers coach, holding that position until the middle of the 2021 season, when he was named interim defensive coordinator.The 41-year-old Bray is taking over for Jonathan Smith, who is now Michigan State’s head coach.”I’m excited to be able to announce Trent as our next head coach,” Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes said in a statement. “After interviewing several qualified candidates, we realized our top choice, Trent, has already been a mainstay at the Valley Football Center and Reser Stadium. He’s been a part of Beaver Nation for a long time and love for this place is real.”The connection and trust he has built with our student athletes is unmatched. His energy and determination as head coach will be a catalyst for continued program success.”Under Bray this season, the Beavers’ defense is ranked 33rd in the country in scoring defense (21.5 points allowed per game) and 14th in rushing defense (104.1 yards allowed per game), and has recorded 36 sacks, tied for ninth most in the nation.