The Associated Press is reporting that the Cowboys have hired Oregon State assistant coach Bruce Read to coach special teams. Read has previous NFL experience with the New York Giants and the San Diego Chargers.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State assistant coach Bruce Read has resigned to take an assistant’s job with the Dallas Cowboys.
Reed, 44, was Oregon State’s special teams coordinator from 1997-98 and again from 2004-06. He has worked with Lou Groza Award winner Alexis Serna and All-American Sammie Stroughter, who was a punt returner on special teams.
Read has also served as a special teams coach with the New York Giants and San Diego Chargers. He will take the same job with the Cowboys.
Here is more about Read from the Oregon State website:
Under Read the program has continually made strides in special teams and his 2006 unit was among the best in Oregon State history. Sammie Stroughter earned third team All-American honors in part for his punt return abilities and placekicker Alexis Serna garnered second team All-Pac-10. Stroughter set the school record with three punt returns for touchdowns in 2006 and Serna enters his senior year with a school record 106 consecutive made extra point attempts.
The highlights of 2006 were many – Stroughter’s 70-yard punt return for a touchdown that helped the Beavers defeat No. 3 USC; Stroughter’s 39-yard punt return that set up the winning drive against Missouri in the Sun Bowl; Gerard Lawson’s school record matching 100-yard kickoff return to help the team win at No. 24 Hawai’i; and Ben Siegert’s school record two blocked kicks in the victory over rival Oregon are examples of the game-changing nature of last year’s unit.
In 2005 Read coached First Team All-Pac-10 selections punter Sam Paulescu and Serna. Serna was the ’05 recipient of the Lou Groza Award, recognizing the nation’s premier kicker, and an Associated Press Second Team All-American.
Read spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as the special teams coach for the New York Giants of the National Football League. During the ‘03 season, the Giants improved in six of eight statistical special teams categories.
Read accompanied [Mike] Riley to San Diego in 1999 to coach the Chargers’ special teams. The Chargers led the NFL in 2001 with a kickoff return average of 26.0 yards – 4.4 yards more than the NFL average for that season. Ronny Jenkins led the league with a 26.6 yards per kickoff return average and scored two touchdowns. For his career with the Chargers, the team consistently rated above the average mark in most statistical categories, and in his first year with the club the team improved 18 spots in the NFL’s special teams category to sixth. In 2001 the Chargers were third for special teams and punter Darren Bennett played in the Pro Bowl.
While at Oregon State during his first tenure, Beaver special teams units blocked 15 kicks. During the 1998 season, OSU was second in the Pac-10 with a .654 (17-26) field goal percentage and was third for kickoff return average at 23.1 yards. In 1997, kicker Jose Cortez ranked tied for third for field goal conversions with 11.
Read began his coaching career in 1985 working alongside his father, head coach Don Read at the University of Montana. He was named a full-time assistant in 1987, where he would serve the next 10 years as a special teams coach. While at Montana the program broke over 30 records for special teams, and blocked 27 punts and 22 kicks. Montana claimed three Big Sky Conference titles (1993, ’95, ’96) and won the 1995 NCAA Division I-AA title.
Read is a 1986 graduate of Portland State with a bachelor’s degree in social science.
Here is another interesting read: a Question and Answer session with Read when he was with the Giants in 2003.