Oregon State has added a brand new member to its soccer teaching workers.
AJ Steward has been employed because the Beavers new working backs coach after Michael Pitre accepted a job with the Chicago Bears earlier this month.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg first reported the transfer and the college later confirmed through a press launch.
“I’m excited to have AJ be part of the Oregon State household,” Smith mentioned. “He’s a veteran coach with an incredible popularity for growing working backs by means of his earlier stops at Rice, BYU and Arizona. He is aware of the Pac-12 effectively and is a good addition to our teaching workers.”
Steward involves Corvallis after one season in the identical place at Arizona, and two seasons at BYU, from 2018-19. The St. Louis, Mo., native opened his teaching profession at Rice from 2012-17, the place he spent the final 4 years as working backs coach after serving as a graduate assistant the primary two seasons.
Arizona rushed for simply over 156 yards per recreation within the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The Wildcats, who performed in simply 5 video games, had been led by Gary Brightwell, who ranked within the high 10 within the Pac-12 Convention with 390 yards.
“I’d wish to thank Coach Smith for this chance,” Steward mentioned. “Oregon State has an unimaginable custom of working again success and I’m excited to be part of that. I’m wanting ahead to attending to Corvallis to work with a proficient group of working backs in an thrilling offense led by Coach (Brian) Lindgren.”
Steward left Arizona following the hiring of Jedd Fisch to move coach who introduced alongside his personal man to educate working backs.
Whereas at Arizona, he recruited three-star working again Stevie Rocker to signal with the Wildcats beating out BYU, Cal and Nevada.