UNLV Football only has two practices left in fall camp.
Next in our series introducing fans to the team's assistants.
The linebacking corps has anchored UNLV football's defense this spring.
In fact, UNLV is the 10th FBS program at which Baer is serving as defensive coordinator, as he held that title for 29 combined seasons at, in order, Utah State, Idaho, California, Arizona State, Stanford, Notre Dame, Washington, San Jose State and Colorado. During his time in South Bend, Baer was one of five finalists for the 2002 Broyles Award, presented to the nation's top assistant.
He has coached under several of the game's outstanding head coaches, including Bruce Snyder (at Utah State, Cal and Arizona State), Tyrone Willingham (Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington) and Dick Tomey (SJSU).
A veteran of nine bowl games, Baer twice served as interim head coach in the postseason, winning the 2012 Military Bowl while leading SJSU and losing the 2004 Insight Bowl while leading Notre Dame. A native of Utah, he was a standout linebacker at Utah State and earned his bachelor's degree from the school in 1973.
He has three adult sons, Brian, Aaron James (A.J.) and Steven; A.J. was a graduate assistant on the 2012 San Jose State staff and the 2014 CU staff. Baer also has three grandchildren.
Coaching Experience: 2015-SA UNLV -- defensive coordinator/linebackers 2013-14 Colorado -- defensive coord./linebackers 2010-12 San Jose State -- defensive coord./linebackers 2008-09 San Jose State -- linebackers 2005-07 Washington -- defensive coordinator 2002-04 Notre Dame -- defensive coordinator 1999-2001 Stanford -- defensive coordinator 1995-98 Stanford -- linebackers 1992-94 Arizona State -- defensive coordinator 1987-91 California -- defensive coordinator 1986 Idaho -- defensive coordinator 1983-85 Utah State -- defensive coord./def. backs 1977-82 Utah State -- outside linebackers 1973-76 Yokouska Seahawks (U.S. Navy) -- head coach