Trent Bray, the former Arizona State assistant and linebackers coach for Oregon State, has ascended to the position of head coach for his alma mater, succeeding Jonathan Smith, who has taken up the reins at Michigan State. Bray's rise comes on the heels of his successful tenure as the defensive coordinator, a role he undertook in 2021. His leadership has significantly bolstered Oregon State's defense, placing them at the vanguard of the Pac-12 in points and yards conceded in 2022.
Bray's Impressive Track Record
Under Bray's tutelage, Oregon State wrapped up the regular season with an 8-4 record, securing a No. 20 ranking in the latest College Football Playoff standings. Bray's impressive 20-9 record as defensive coordinator and Oregon State's No. 34 national standing in scoring defense, allowing merely 21.5 points per game, further underscore his aptitude as a leader and tactician.
Legacy and Connection
Bray's deep-rooted connection to Oregon State is one of the foundational pillars of his appointment as head coach. A former player for the Beavers from 2002 to 2005, Bray was awarded first-team all-conference honors, highlighting his prowess on the field. His long-standing presence at the Valley Football Center and Reser Stadium, coupled with the trust and rapport he has built with the student-athletes, provides a sense of continuity and stability as he takes over the mantle of leadership.
Steering the Ship during Transition
The Beavers find themselves in a period of transition, with the future of the Pac-12 conference shrouded in uncertainty. Nonetheless, the appointment of Trent Bray, the 32nd head coach in Oregon State's history, represents a beacon of stability. This assurance is further amplified by key players like star running back Damien Martinez expressing their intent to stay with the program. As Bray prepares to be officially introduced at a press conference on Wednesday at 2 p.m., attention now pivots to who will join his staff, thus rounding out the team's leadership.