CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State promoted defensive coordinator Trent Bray to head coach on Tuesday night, quickly replacing Jonathan Smith after he left for Michigan State.
Bray, who also played at Oregon State, had served as the Beavers’ defensive coordinator since midway through the 2021 season.
“The connection and trust he has built with our student-athletes is unmatched,” Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes said in a statement. “His energy and determination as head coach will be a catalyst for continued program success.”
Smith was hired as Michigan State’s coach on Saturday, a day after the 21st-ranked Beavers lost to rival Oregon in their regular-season finale. Oregon State (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12) now awaits its bowl destination.