Jody Sears, a 1991 graduate of Washington State University and former college teammate of Cougar head coach Paul Wulff, is in his third year as co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach. Sears returned to his alma mater after five years at Eastern Washington University, where he was Wulff's defensive coordinator.
During his stint with the Eagles, he coached safeties, linebackers and defensive ends. In 2005 Eastern's defense finished 15th nationally in pass efficiency defense and spent most of the year in the top five. The Eagles were 45th in scoring defense in 2005 and his 2004 defense set a school record with nine sacks against Weber State.
During his EWU tenure, Sears coached seven players to All-Big Sky Conference honors, including 2007 first-team pick defensive end Greg Peach. Peach, who ranked 11th nationally in sacks, was also a second-team All-America selection.
Prior to uniting with Wulff at EWU, Sears was an assistant coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He served three years on the Black Knight staff, including the 2001 and 2002 seasons as cornerbacks coach. In 2000, during his rookie year with Army, he assisted with the defensive line.
Sears coached at St. Ambrose University in 1998 and 1999, assuming responsibilities as the defensive coordinator for the Fighting Bees, who were coached by Todd Sturdy, now WSU's offensive coordinator. Also serving on that staff was former Cougar assistant coach Timm Rosenbach.
Following a brief coaching stint at the high school level, Sears served as a graduate assistant at Iowa State, where he helped coach defensive backs and wide receivers from 1994-96. There he was reunited with former WSU coach Jim Walden, who was in his final season coaching the Cyclones. Sears received his master's degree at Iowa State in 1996.
Sears lettered twice for the Cougars after walking on as a wide receiver. Like Wulff, he played under head coaches Jim Walden, Dennis Erickson and Mike Price during his tenure with the Cougars. He saw limited field duty during the early portion of his Cougar career, then lettered his final two years and finished with 11 career receptions for 118 yards. Sears also served as the holder for All-America placekicker Jason Hanson on field goal and extra point attempts during his senior year.
Sears was born Oct. 21, 1967. He is from Pullman, Wash., and graduated from Pullman High School in 1986. He and his wife Molly have five children, Weston (20), Hannah Jo (8), J.T. (7), Kylee Ann (5) and Charlie Ray (4).
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