Trent Bray Promoted as Head Coach of Oregon State Football Team
In a major development for the Oregon State football program, Trent Bray has been named the head coach of the team. Bray, who had previously served as the team’s defensive coordinator, will be replacing Jonathan Smith in his new role.
Bray has been a part of the Oregon State coaching staff since 2018 and has played a pivotal role in the improvement of the team’s defense. His efforts were recognized in 2021 when he was promoted to the position of defensive coordinator. Prior to this, Bray had also served as an assistant for Oregon State from 2012 to 2014.
Scott Barnes, the team’s athletic director, expressed his admiration for Bray’s work ethic and his ability to connect with the student athletes. According to Barnes, Bray’s promotion was well-deserved and will provide continuity for the team’s roster.
Under Bray’s leadership this season, Oregon State has seen remarkable success, finishing with a record of 8-4 and ranking No. 20 in the latest College Football Playoff standings. The team is now eagerly awaiting a bowl berth, which will be decided in the coming weekend.
Bray’s journey with Oregon State football dates back to his playing days from 2002 to 2005, during which he earned all-conference honors in his final season. After completing his playing career, Bray went on to serve as an assistant at Arizona State before returning to his alma mater.
Bray’s new role comes at a time of transition and uncertainty for Oregon State, as the Pac-12 is set to dissolve. Both Oregon State and Washington State are vying for control of the Pac-12’s governing board and finances. In this challenging environment, Bray’s promotion provides stability and a familiar face to guide the team through the upcoming changes.
One player who is sure to benefit from Bray’s continued presence is star running back Damien Martinez. With the continuity in coaching staff, Martinez can now build on his remarkable performances under Bray’s leadership.
Overall, Bray’s promotion as head coach brings excitement and optimism to the Oregon State football program. With his deep connection to the team and his proven ability to lead, Bray is ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead.