As coaching and support staffs around the nation continue to grow, new titles are popping up more and more around the country. But when Oregon State head coach Mike Riley promoted tight ends coach Jay Locey in January, he entered a new title into the college football lexicon: chief of staff.
We know what the White House Chief of Staff’s job duties entail, but what does the Oregon State football chief of staff do? In short, he helps.
“I’m working with football, obviously,” Locey told the Oregonian. “But it’s different: I’ll help scout opponents overall, I’ll be able to observe and consult on the field, like I did Monday at practice, and talk to Kyle (DeVan) and help learn how to coach a new position.”
Locey is forbidden from coaching on the field, which means his time is spent pouring into the lives Oregon State players off the field. A major part of his role will be assisting the 95 current Beavers transition into life after football, and to connect the scores of Oregon State football alumni with the current roster.
“In a lot of ways, it’s what he was already doing with our team, except now he gets to do it for everybody, help everybody, be a counselor of sorts, and help these guys develop some life skills,” Riley said. “When we started to talk about this position and what we wanted for it, Jay’s name came up right away and there was no doubt he’d be great for it.”
The 57-year old Locey, an Oregon State graduate, spent the entirety of his career in the Oregon high school and small college ranks before returning to his alma mater in 2006. Locey plans on staying in his newly-created post for the forseeable future so now the only question is, where’s the next chief of staff going to pop up?