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Troy Taylor was named the 11th head football coach at Sacramento State on Dec. 17, 2018.
Taylor served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Utah for 2017-18. In 2018, the Utes won the Pac-12 Conference South title for the first time in school history and finished the regular season with a 9-4 overall record. The team will continue its season on Dec. 31 in the Holiday Bowl against Northwestern. Utah averaged 28.7 points per game in 2018 and averaged 396.0 yards per game in a balanced attack which featured 186.8 yards rushing and 209.2 yards passing per game. His offense featured a pair of quarterbacks during the year who combined to completed 61.9 percent of their passes with 15 touchdowns. Seventeen players caught a pass with eight hauling in at least 10. Running back Zack Moss sparked the ground game with 1,096 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
During his first season with the Utes (2017), his offense featured a second-team all-Pac-12 receiver (Darren Carrington II) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Moss). Taylor’s offense spread the ball around with 16 players catching passes and 11 players rushing from scrimmage. That season, Utah amassed 413.4 total yards per game and posted a 30-14 win over West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Taylor returned to college football in 2016 as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Washington. That season, he directed the top passing offense in the FCS and set numerous national and school records. The Eagles averaged an FCS-best 401.0 passing yards per game, ranked second nationally with 529.6 yards per game and was third in scoring offense (42.4 ppg). EWU posted a 12-2 overall record and advanced to the FCS semifinals.
Assistant Head Coach/Off. Line
Kris Richardson was hired as Sacramento State’s assistant head coach and offensive line coach in January of 2019.
Richardson came to the Hornets after serving on the Folsom High School staff for 24 years, including his final 14 as the varsity head coach. The Bulldogs posted a 162-27-1 record under his leadership and became one of the most dominant programs in area history. From 2010-18, Folsom went 127-10 with nine league titles, seven Sac-Joaquin Section Championships and four state crowns. His teams won the CIF Div. 1-AA titles in 2017 and 2018. Following the 2017 season, Richardson was named the Cal-Hi Football Coach of the Year. Folsom also took undefeated seasons unto the Northern California Open Division championships in 2012 and 2013 before falling to De La Salle.
Folsom sent over 30 players to NCAA Div. I schools during his tenure including quarterback Jake Browning (Washington) and Dano Graves (Cal Poly), safety Jordan Richards (Stanford/New England Patriots/Atlanta Falcons), offensive lineman Jonah Williams (Alabama) and wide receiver Joe Ngata (Clemson). The Bulldogs also set the CIF state record for points as well as recording the most passing yards in a year in four consecutive seasons.
Andy Thompson was named the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Sacramento State in January of 2019.
An experienced defensive coordinator in the Big Sky, Thompson spent 13 seasons at Northern Arizona. He started his coaching career with the Lumberjacks directing the running backs for two years. He then coached linebackers for two seasons before becoming the defensive coordinator for 10 years. Thompson coached more than 60 all-Big Sky selections during his time in Flagstaff, Ariz.
In 2018, NAU ranked third in the Big Sky in total defense after allowing a Big Sky best 1,797 passing yards along with 17 interceptions.
Def. Passing Game Coordinator/Secondary
Veteran Big Sky assistant coach Cherokee Valeria was hired as Sacramento State’s Defensive Passing Game Coordinator and Secondary Coach in February of 2019.
Valeria recently completed his seventh season at Eastern Washington where he served as the team’s cornerbacks coach and was also the recruiting coordinator for his final three years. Since joining the EWU staff in 2012, Valeria coached 10 cornerbacks to all-Big Sky honors. Among those honored were Josh Lewis who was an honorable mention selection in 2017 before earning second team accolades in 2018.
In Valeria’s first two seasons as cornerbacks coach, T.J. Lee III earned first team all-Big Sky honors and was an All-American both years. Lee finished his 49-game career with 35 starts, 263 tackles, four interceptions, 25 pass breakups, 3.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles. Following his collegiate career, he went on to sign a contract with the B.C. Lions in the Canadian Football League in 2014. In addition, fellow starting cornerback Ronald Baines earned honorable mention all-Big Sky honors both seasons, and backup Bo Schuetzle was a first team selection on special teams in 2013.
Sam Cole was hired as the safeties coach at Sacramento State in January of 2019.
Prior to joining the Hornet staff, Cole completed his second stint as the defensive coordinator at Folsom High School from 2016-18. During his time with the Bulldogs, Folsom posted a 42-3 overall record, won three league titles, two Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I championships and a pair of CIF Div. 1-AA crowns. In 2017, Folsom surrendered just 18.8 points per game en rounte to a perfect 16-0 overall record. The next year, the team held the opposition to 13.9 ppg and earned its second consecutive state title. Folsom was 14-1 during the season with its lone loss coming against perennial powerhouse De La Salle, 14-0, in the season opener. The Bulldogs posted three shutouts during the year and limited opponents to 14 points or less in 11 games, including a 21-14 overtime win over Cathedral Catholic in the state championship.
Cole spent the 2015 season as a defensive intern at Montana State. On that staff, he worked alongside co-defensive coordiantors Jamie Marshall and Kane Ioane.
Bobby Fresques was named the quarterbacks coach at Sacramento State in January of 2019.
Fresques returned to Sacramento State where he was the Hornet quarterback from 1990-92. He left the Hornets ranked fourth in school history with 3,757 career passing yards and was second with 27 career touchdown passes. Fresques improved his output each season, throwing for 462 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore in 1990, then 1,280 yards and eight touchdowns and concluding with 2,015 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.
After playing professionally with the Munich Cowboys and San Jose Sabercats, Fresques began his coaching career at Sacramento City College in 1996. The following year, he moved to Sacramento State where he was the wide receivers coach. Fresques was hired on at Cal in 1998 where he worked alongside Troy Taylor. As the offensive assistant, he worked closely with the wide receivers and also served as a recruiting specialist.
Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
Jeremy LaPan was named the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Sacramento State in January of 2019.
LaPan coached with Troy Taylor at Utah where he was a graduate assistant and analyst. In 2018, he was a full-time analyst for the Utes working with special teams. He worked closely with the team’s kickers, punters, and long snappers. Most notably kicker Matt Gay (Lou Groza Award winner – 2017 and first team all-Pac-12 – 2018), Mitch Wishnowsky (2016 Ray Guy Award winner and two-time Ray Guy Award finalist 2017-2018) and Tom Hackett (two-time Ray Guy Award winner 2014-2015).
LaPan has experience recruiting Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado for the Utes as well as recruiting specialists nationally. He also coordinated and coached the Utes annual specialists camp 2016-2018.
James Montgomery completed his fourth season at Sacramento State in 2017. Montgomery took over as the team’s running backs in 2016 after serving as an offensive assistant the past two years. He added the title of recruiting coordinator in early 2018.
Montgomery oversaw a stable of running backs who combined for the Hornets’ best rushing attack in nearly 20 years in 2017. The team had five players with at least 75 rushes during the season and had 12 carry the ball at least once. Freshman BJ Perkinson finished as the team leader with 591 yards and four touchdowns in just eight games of work. Fellow freshman Elijah Dotson was second among the backs with 475 yards and five scores. Senior Joseph Ajeigbe provided leadership and experience to the unit and was the only running back on the team to have a collegiate carry at the Div. I level prior to the season. Ajeigbe led the team with 110 attempts (452 yards) and matched Dotson’s five touchdowns. Freshman Isaiah Gable completed the group with 75 carries for 377 yards and a TD before an injury cut his season short.
In 2016, Montgomery helped lead Jordan Robinson to all-Big Sky honors. The senior rushed for 996 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Robinson closed the season by rushing for at least 100 yards in four consecutive games where he amassed 659 yards and 10 touchdowns during that stretch. Fellow senior Demetrius Warren added 506 yards and a pair of touchdowns while freshmen Quincy Jountti and Ernie Timoteo combined for 205 yards and a score. In all, the four Hornet running backs averaged 5.4 yards per carry.
Tyler Osborne was hired as the wide receivers coach at Sacramento State in January of 2019.
Osborne previously served as a graduate assistant coach at Washington in 2017 and 2018. In that role, he worked closely with the Husky wide receivers and was part of a staff which won 10 games both years. The 2017 team played in the Fiesta Bowl while the 2018 team won the Pac-12 title and moved on to the Rose Bowl. In his final year, Osborne helped coach a pair of receivers who had at least 55 catches and nearly 600 receiving yards during the year. He also coached Dante Pettis in 2017 before he was selected 44th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Draft.
Osborne came to UW after spending five years at Oregon. He was an undergraduate assistant coach for four years before serving as offensive analyst, focusing on quarterbacks, in 2016. As an undergrad, Osborne spent his first season directly under Chip Kelly and assisted him in coaching the slot receivers. The next three seasons he assisted coaching the Ducks’ quarterbacks. During that time, he helped coach Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, Vernon Adams and Justin Herbert.
Director of Recruiting and Player Development
Chris Parry joined the Sacramento State staff in January of 2019 as the team’s director of recruiting/player development.
Parry came to Sacramento State after coaching at Folsom High School since 2013. He was the running backs coach with the Bulldogs and helped the team earn California state championships in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Folsom’s offense earned national attention during the period, setting several state records for yards and points. The team finished 2017 ranked 18th in the MaxPreps national poll and moved up to 17th in 2018.
From 2009-12, Parry worked at American River College in Sacramento. He began as the wide receivers coach in his first three years before shifting to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2012. That season, the Beavers advanced to the NorCal championship game and were ranked fifth in the state at 39.7 points per game. In his position, he worked under former Sacramento State player Jerry Halfich who was the head coach at ARC.