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Kent Baer
Kent  Baer

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers


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A well-established leader in the coaching profession, Kent Baer came to UNLV in 2015 after completing his second season as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Colorado in the Pac-12 Conference. 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
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