It’s Oregon State football “Additional Title Week” in Corvallis.
Earlier this week, Jonathan Smith announced a pair of on-field assistants have been given additional duties. Linebackers coach Trent Bray has assumed the title of assistant head coach. Additionally, running backs coach Michael Pitre will assume the role of recruiting coordinator.
Obviously, both assistants will continue on in their on-field roles.
“Working with Coach Bray for over two years, I recognize the value in his wealth of experience makes him a great resource for me to bounce ideas off,” the Oregon State football head coach said in a statement. “I love his passion and the perspective he brings to our conversations. …
“Coach Pitre is a tremendous recruiter and his influence on our recruiting staff will provide great vision, direction, and growth. He is exceptional and connecting with people and building relationships with coaches and young men.”
This past cycle, the Beavers pulled in the No. 9 recruiting class in the Pac-12 in 2020. Prior to that, they were 10th in 2019 and 12th in 2018.
Pitre has been part of the Oregon State football coaching staff since 2018. This was his first on-field job at the FBS level. He did, though, begin his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Colorado.
Pitre, who played his college football at UCLA, was the running backs coach at FCS Montana State (2014-17) prior to joining the Oregon State football program.
Bray, who played for Oregon State football, has also been at his alma mater since Smith took over in 2018. This was his second stint with the Beavers as held the same job coaching linebackers from 2012-14. In between those two Corvallis stops, he was at Nebraska from 2015-17. From 2009-11, he was at Arizona State.
Taking over a one-win program, Smith won two games in 2018 and five in 2019. That was the program’s most wins since hitting that same number in 2014.
Last month, it was reported that OSU is working on a contract extension for Smith.