March 8, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Chris Ball, a graduate assistant coach for Washington State football coach Mike Price in 1989, has returned to the Cougar coaching staff as secondary coach, Price confirmed today.
Ball, 36, spent the last year as defensive coordinator for Idaho State head coach Larry Lewis. The newest Cougar coach replaces Craig Bray, who had been WSU's secondary coach since 1994.
"Chris Ball has 12 years of college coaching experience, which is pretty amazing for a young coach his age," Price said. "I have known Chris for many years and he is one of the finest up and coming defensive coaches in the country. Chris brings with him a very enthusiastic, positive, intense and highly motivated personality."
The St. Louis, Missouri, native and 1981 graduate of Webster Grove High played football at Missouri Western State College and later served as a graduate assistant and defensive coordinator at his alma mater.
"It has been my dream to come back to Washington State," Ball said. "Ever since I was a graduate assistant here I have wanted to work again with coach Price and (defensive coordinator) Bill Doba."
The 1985 All-American defensive back coached at both Northeast Missouri State (1986-87) and Akron (1987-88) before joining Price's staff in 1989. He then coached at Coffeyville Community College (1990-94), Western Oregon State College (1995-96), Missouri Western State (1997-98) and Idaho State before returning to WSU.
Ball also served as defensive coordinator at his alma mater before taking the same position with former Cougar assistant Lewis at ISU.
Price said Ball will take over Bray's recruiting responsibilities in Northern California, the same area he handled for Lewis at ISU.
Ball and wife Tandi have one son, Brennan (6).