Jody Sears enters his second season as head coach at Weber State. He came to Weber State in January 2012 as the defensive coordinator and was named head coach in April 2012.
In his first season as a head coach he led the Wildcats to a 2-9 record, including wins over conference rivals Southern Utah and Idaho State. In the season-ending 40-14 win at Idaho State the Wildcats rushed for 417 yards, the fifth most in school history and senior C.J. Tuckett set a school record with 289 rushing yards.
His Wildcat team had seven All-Conference performers in 2012, led by junior linebacker Anthony Morales who earned second team All-Conference honors. Morales led the Big Sky and was third in the nation in tackles. The Wildcats also had 12 student-athletes that earned Big Sky Academic All-Conference honors.
Sears has nearly 20 years of coaching experience. Before coming to Weber State he spent the past three seasons at Washington State where he spent the last three seasons as the co-defensive coordinator with the Cougars under head coach Paul Wulff, a former college teammate at Washington State. He also coached the cornerbacks at his alma mater.
He is no stranger to the Big Sky Conference as he spent five seasons (2003-07) as the defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington, also under Paul Wulff. During his time with the Eagles he coached safeties, linebackers and defensive backs. In his five seasons at Eastern Washington he coached seven players to Big Sky All-Conference honors.
Prior to his time at Eastern Washington Sears spent three seasons (2000-02) as an assistant coach at Army where he coached cornerbacks and the defensive line.
In 1998 he was the defensive coordinator at St. Ambrose University, an NAIA school in Davenport, Iowa. He began his collegiate coaching career at Iowa State in 1994 where he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant with the Cyclones, helping coach the defensive backs and wide receivers.
Sears played football at Washington State where he was a two-year letterwinner with the Cougars after walking on as a wide receiver. He played under head coaches Jim Walden, Dennis Erickson, and former Weber State head coach Mike Price. He graduated from Washington State in 1991 and received his master’s degree from Iowa State in 1996.
Sears was born Oct. 21, 1967 and is a native of Pullman, Washington. He and his wife Molly are the parents of five children: Weston, Hannah Jo, J.T., Kylee Ann and Charlie Ray.