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Q&A with Boise State assistant Brent Pease

July 14, 2010 Staff

Brent Pease is the assistant head coach / wide receivers coach at Boise State. During his career, Pease has served as the offensive coordinator at Montana, Northern Arizona, Kentucky, and Baylor. He has won a D1-AA national championship while coaching at Montana. Pease in entering his 5th year on Chris Petersen’s staff at Boise State.

What is something you will harp on during August practice that maybe you haven’t emphasized as much in previous years?

Tempo. We don’t do any conditioning after practice. I’ll have some younger guys that I need to bring along and they are going to have to learn and get with our practice tempo.

What is something you really like that your head coach Chris Petersen implements at practice?

Coach Peterson’s energy is awesome. He wants you to bring it on the practice field. You know as an assistant coach, you are expected to bring it, create competitive situations in all drills. We’re never just doing a drill, just to do it. There are consequences for results. Everything starts with Coach Peterson and his energy. Sometimes we’ll crank up the music.

How long is your drive to work from your house? What are you usually listening to? I’m 16 mintues from the office. Most mornings, I listen to Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio.

Boise State wide receivers coach Brent Pease

During your vacation break this summer, what do you plan to do? Any trips planned?

We’re going to try to get to Yellowstone this summer. I know for certain that our DC and I are going on a fishing trip in Canada.

What is the one thing that seems to surprise the recruits you bring to campus?

Just about everyone is surprised by the chemistry of our players. Our players get along very well, it’s a great atmosphere around here. The second thing is the city of Boise. Boise is a half-million people in population. Most people think it’s in the middle of nowhere, but once you land at the airport, it’s only 10 minutes to campus and recruits are surprised by the city feel.

You have won a national championship at Montana, coached in major conferences, experienced some signature wins….If you had to pin-point 1 year In all of your years coaching, which year did you have the most fun?

The 2009 season at Boise was really a lot of fun. Our kids kept perspective and handles the goals as well as any team I’ve coached with. The atmosphere never got up tight. Plus, our wide receivers were really a joy to work with. I have those guys over a dinner 3 or 4 times a year and it was just a fun group to be around. The entire team understood how to handle the pressure and spotlight.

Outside of work, what is the 1 thing you really enjoy about living in Boise?

The outdoors and the opportunities to fly-fish around here are great. I’ve always enjoyed fly-fishing.

Best thing your wife likes about living in Boise?

We have family in several places within driving distance out here. In coaching, you don’t always have control over where you live, but it’s nice that we can get in the car and see relatives a few hours later.

You have coached a ton of offense in your career and been around a lot of coaches, what is unique about working with offensive coordinator Brian Harsin?

Working with Brian is great. He’s younger than I am, very innovative, and wants our input. Not all coordinators want much input or feedback.

Everyone has been around a GA that busts his tail. As a full-time coach, who is the best GA you have ever worked with? Why was he so good to work with? What’s he doing now?

We had an old GA at Baylor when I was there named Scott Parr…he took initiative and was always one step ahead. Scott (now at Texas Tech) was very reliable. The second guy would be a former defensive GA here at Boise State named Anthony Parker. Anthony (now at Sacramento State) was a grinder, very detailed, and listened extremely well. He was a sponge, always wanting to learn, always wanting to work.