UNLV football head coach John Robinson announced the hiring of former USC standout Brad Otton as the program's new quarterbacks coach on January 12, 2004.
Otton simply moved down the hall at the Lied Athletic Complex after spending 2003 as UNLV's director of football operations. He was reunited last year with his college mentor - Robinson -- after coaching quarterbacks and tight ends at Santa Barbara City College in 2002. In 2001 he was an assistant coach in charge of quarterbacks at Cal State Northridge before the Matadors dropped their program.
"Brad Otton is one of the young, bright people in this field," Robinson said. "His background suits us well for what we need and I look forward to working with him on our offense."
A record-breaking quarterback at Southern California, Otton began his collegiate playing career at Weber State before transferring to Troy in 1994 and lettering three seasons. Otton owned the USC and Pac-10 Conference record for lowest career interception rate with a minimum of 400 attempts (1.95 percent) and also set the NCAA record for most pass attempts without an interception to start a career (202). Otton, who left ranked fourth at the school with 5,359 yards, helped the Trojans earn victories in the Rose Bowl over Northwestern and in the Cotton Bowl over Texas Tech.
"Brad was the calmest, most poised quarterback I've ever been around," Robinson said, "and our players have really responded to his coaching."
Born in Pullman, Wash., Otton prepped at Tumwater (Wash.) High School where the four-sport star led his football team to two state titles. After earning his bachelor's degree in business administration from USC in 1997, he signed with the NFL's Washington Redskins before a knee injury ended his playing career.
Otton and his wife, Deanna, have a 2-year-old daughter named Brooklyn, and are expecting their second child this fall.