Oregon State University head football coach Mike Riley has announced the hiring of John Garrett as the Beavers’ offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/tight ends coach.
“John comes from a great football family and brings with him to Oregon State a wealth of knowledge about the game,” Riley said. “His responsibilities will include being the offensive coordinator as well as the quarterbacks and tight ends coach with assistance from our graduate assistant coaches. In addition to his NFL experience, he has coached at the college level and knows the recruiting aspects of the game at this level.”
Garrett arrives at OSU after spending the 2013 season as the wide receivers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was on the staff of the Dallas Cowboys from 2007-2012, where his brother Jason Garrett is the head coach. While with the Cowboys he was the team’s tight ends coach, adding the responsibility of passing game coordinator in 2011-12.
“I’m excited to be joining the coaching staff at Oregon State University,” Garrett said. “I have tremendous respect for what Coach Riley, his staff and players have accomplished over the years and I look forward to being part of the program’s continued success. I consider it an honor to represent `Beaver Nation’ as a coach for Oregon State.”
Garrett played wide receiver for Riley in 1991 with the San Antonio Riders of the World League, catching 23 passes. He also was on the practice squad and active roster for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989 and on the practice squad for the Buffalo Bills in 1991. Garrett also went to training camp with the Cowboys in 1988 and with the Bengals in 1990.
“John is about teaching, details and technique,” Riley added. “His broad knowledge of the game will add to what we are doing at Oregon State. We have a senior quarterback (Sean Mannion); we aren’t changing everything out under Sean, but my goal is for our offense to continue to grow and evolve, and John will certainly provide that opportunity to do so.”
Garrett began his coaching career in 1990 as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater of Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. His first professional appointment came in 1992 as a pro personnel assistant, college scout and coaches’ assistant for the Buccaneers; a position he held through the 1994 season.
In 1995 Garrett was appointed the offensive assistant/wide receivers coach with the Bengals and stayed with the team through the 1998 season. He was the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterbacks coach for the 1999-2000 seasons before returning to the Bengals as an offensive assistant coach in 2001, tight ends coach in 2002 and as a scout in 2003.
He re-joined the college ranks in 2004, where for three years he was the University of Virginia’s wide receivers coach and in 2006 added the title of assistant head coach for offense.
Garrett’s father, Jim, spent 38 years in the NFL as a scout and assistant coach. His brother, Judd, is the current Director of Pro Scouting for the Cowboys. John and his wife, Honor, have four children (John, Jr., Honor, Olivia, and Caroline). John is actively involved in community service organizations such as Athletes-In-Action and the Train Up First (TUF) Foundation, an academic and life skills program for high school and college students.
Garrett and the rest of the Beavers begin practice for the 2014 season March 31 and the 15-day practice session concludes with the annual spring game May 3 at 1 p.m. in Reser Stadium.
Deposits are being accepted for 2014 OSU season tickets for home games that include Portland State, San Diego State, Washington State, Arizona State, California, Utah and Oregon.