Brent Pease, a former National Football League quarterback, offensive coordinator for a I-AA national championship team, and coach of the I-AA national player of the year, enters his second season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Kentucky.
Pease hopes to continue the success the Wildcat offense enjoyed during the second half of the 2001 season. Beginning with games of Oct. 20, the UK attack kicked into high gear and averaged 456.3 yards of total offense per game and 376 passing yards per game. Quarterback Jared Lorenzen earned National Player of the Week honors in the win over Vanderbilt when he threw for 453 yards and six touchdowns.
With Lorenzen and Shane Boyd having another year of experience, a capable group of receivers in place, running back Artose Pinner ready to lead the backfield, and five experienced returnees in the line, the Kentucky offense has the potential for more fireworks in 2002.
Pease coached at the University of Montana from 1991-98. He was the offensive coordinator the last four seasons and also coached the quarterbacks (1994-98), running backs (1991-98), and wide receivers (1991-94).
With generous assistance from Pease?s offense, Montana was a fixture in the I-AA playoffs each of his last six seasons. The Grizzlies won the 1995 national championship, were the runner-up in 1996, and a semi-finalist in 1994. Montana rolled up 185 points, 46.3 per game, in the four playoff games en route to the 1995 title. Pease?s offensive unit generated 191 points, 47.8 per game, in the ?96 playoff series.
Pease?s quarterback in ?95, David Dickenson, won the Walter Payton Award as the I-AA national player of the year and was the Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player from 1993-95. Dickenson?s successor, Brian Ah Yat, was a three-year finalist for the Walter Payton Award and played in the Hula Bowl. Montana quarterbacks won the conference offensive player of the year award in five of his eight seasons at the school. Pease also coached two All-America wide receivers.
Pease is an alumnus of Montana. After two seasons at Walla Walla (Wash.) City College, he played quarterback for the Grizzlies in 1985-86. He led the nation in total offense in 1986 and set nine school records. After college, he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and played three years for the Houston Oilers (1987-89). He also has playing experience in the Canadian Football League, the World League of American Football, and the Arena Football League. In 1991, he was the first player selected in the inaugural WLAF draft by the Birmingham Fire.
A native of Moscow, Idaho, Pease and his wife, Paula, have a daughter, Halle, and a son, Karsten.
Pease?s Coaching and Pro Playing Experience
Year School/Team Position 1987-89 Houston Oilers Quarterback 1990 Winnipeg (CFL) Quarterback 1991 Birmingham (WLAF) Quarterback 1992 New York (WLAF) Quarterback 1993 Cincinnati (Arena) Quarterback 1991-94 Montana Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers, Running Backs), two national playoffs 1995-98 Montana Assistant Coach (Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks, Running Backs), four national playoffs, one championship 1999-2000 Northern Arizona Assistant Head Coach (Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks) 2001- Kentucky Assistant Coach (Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks)