MOSCOW - Former Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser is Idaho's new offensive coordinator. Head coach Robb Akey made the official announcement late on Thursday.
Gesser spent the 2011 football season as Idaho's running backs coach. His duties now also include coaching the Vandals quarterbacks. Gesser quarterbacked WSU during Akey's tenure on WSU's staff during the late 1990's and early 2000's.
After earning first-team All-America and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2002, Gesser spent six seasons playing professionally, including three years in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.
"He played that game, he's able to teach it," Akey said. "I expect him to be an even better teacher at the quarterback position than he was at the running back position. He hasn't maybe called games from the press box or the sideline in college, but he's done it in college and at the professional level on the field, and that's under duress with those guys coming after you. There are some years of experience in regards to that that do apply. That's why I feel comfortable with him in the play-calling situation."
Gesser was hired at Idaho last season after spending the 2010 football season as head coach and associate athletics director at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Washington. He takes over for Steve Axman, who was Idaho's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for five seasons before retiring after the 2011 season.