Weber State football head coach Jody Sears has announced changes to the Wildcat coaching staff for the upcoming football season. Sears has named Robin Pflugrad as the new offensive coordinator with the Wildcat football program. Sears has also named Steve Morton as the Associate Head Coach and Eric Lewis as defensive coordinator. Both Morton and Lewis spent the 2012 season as assistant coaches at Weber State.
“I’m very excited for these coaching staff announcements and the direction our football program is headed,” Sears said. “Coach Pflugrad has great experience and expertise as a football coach and is a wonderful person and family man.
We are fortunate to have such a wonderful person on our staff. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our program and his track record speaks for itself. He brings experience not only in the Pac-10 but also has 11 seasons as an assistant and head coach in the Big Sky. He will be a great asset.”
“I’m very pleased to have Coach Morton and Coach Lewis take an elevated role in our program,” Sears continued. “I’ve known Coach Morton for many years and know what he brings to our program. Not only is he a great offensive line coach, he is a great advisor and counselor to the day-to-day operations.
“Coach Lewis also has a great amount of experience in college and pro football. I’m very excited for his experience and energy to continue to grow our defense to a championship level.”
Pflugrad (Flew-grad) comes to Weber State with extensive college football coaching experience, including several years coaching in the Big Sky. He brings nearly 30 years of coaching experience to the Wildcat program. In addition to serving as offensive coordinator he will also coach the running backs.
“I’m extremely excited to return to coaching and really appreciate the opportunity presented to me by coach Sears and athletic director Jerry Bovee to come to Weber State,” Pflugrad said. “I’ve always had respect for Weber State as a university and a football program and I’m looking forward to being a part of this program.”
He was the head coach at the University of Montana from 2010-11, guiding the Grizzlies to an 18-7 overall record in two seasons. In 2011 he led the Grizzlies to an 11-3 record and captured the Big Sky Championship. He was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year and led Montana to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs. Prior to becoming head coach at Montana Pflugrad was an assistant coach with the Grizzlies in 2009, coaching the wide receivers.
From 2006-08 Pflugrad was an assistant coach at the University of Oregon where he served as the wide receivers coach for the three seasons with the Ducks under head coach Mike Bellotti, a former Weber State assistant coach.
Prior to his stint in his hometown of Eugene, Pflugrad coached the tight ends and served as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator for five seasons (2001-05) at Washington State. During his stint at WSU the Cougars won 30 games during a three-year stretch, including a Pac-10 title in 2002 and trip to the Rose Bowl. Pflugrad was also the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Arizona State from 1995-2000. In 1996 the Sun Devils were undefeated and Pac-10 champions and also went to the Rose Bowl.
During his career he has been instrumental in the development of numerous quarterbacks and wide receivers who have received All-American honors, along with several all-conference honorees, academic all-conference athletes, and academic All-Americans. He has also coached numerous players who have gone on to play in the NFL or CFL.
Pflugrad began his coaching career at his alma mater, Portland State in 1980. A year later he had a one-year stint at South Eugene High School and then returned to the college ranks for good, spending three more seasons as an assistant at Portland State.
He spent his first stint as an assistant coach at Montana from 1986-1994 where he worked with the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. From 1991-94 he was promoted to assistant head coach.
Pflugrad was born Nov. 29, 1957 in Eugene, Ore., and is a 1980 graduate of Portland State with a degree in Business Administration. He was a wide receiver and team captain as a senior in 1979 for the Vikings. He had his wife Marlene have two children, Aaron and Amanda.
Steve Morton has nearly 40 years of coaching experience in college football. The 2012 season was his first season as an assistant coach at Weber State, where he coached the offensive line. In addition to his new duties as Associate Head Coach, Morton will continue to coach the offensive line for the Wildcats.
Prior to coming to Weber State Morton spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State where he coached with Jody Sears. Morton began his coaching career in 1975 as a Washington State graduate assistant under Jim Walden. He became a full-time assistant coach at his alma mater in 1977 and spent the next 10 seasons in Pullman.
He has also spent time as an assistant at Iowa State, Washington, USC, Stanford and San Jose State where he spent four seasons as the offensive coordinator.
Morton was a center and offensive guard on the 1973 and 1974 Washington State teams, playing for head coach Jim Sweeney. He graduated in 1977 with a degree in physical education.
Eric Lewis takes over as defensive coordinator for the Wildcats. He spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at Weber State, coaching the cornerbacks. In addition to his new duties on defense, he will continue to coach the secondary.
Lewis has previous experience as a defensive coordinator, having worked in the position at Eastern Michigan in 2009. Lewis brings extensive coaching experience in college football and the NFL to Weber State. Prior to his time at Eastern Michigan he was an assistant coach at Louisville. Before that he spent two seasons as a defensive quality coach for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL.
Lewis began his coaching career at St. Augustine High School in San Diego where he was the wide receivers coach. He has also spent time as a graduate assistant at Michigan State and as assistant coach at Bucknell and Ball State.
Lewis was a four-year starter at San Diego State. He is the son of long-time NFL coach Sherm Lewis.