Kent Baer

Kent Baer

Baer after the 2012 Military Bowl
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Conference Mountain West
Biographical details
Born (1951-05-02) May 2, 1951
Logan, Utah
Playing career
1969–1972 Utah State
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1976 Yokosuka Seahawks
1977–1982 Utah State (OLB)
1983–1985 Utah State (DC/DB)
1986 Idaho (DC)
1987–1991 California (DC)
1992–1994 Arizona State (DC)
1995–1998 Stanford (LB)
1999–2001 Stanford (DC)
2002–2004 Notre Dame (DC)
2004 Notre Dame (interim HC)
2005–2007 Washington (DC)
2008–2009 San Jose State (LB)
2010–2012 San Jose State (DC/LB)
2012 San Jose State (interim HC)
2013–2014 Colorado (DC)
2015–present UNLV (DC/LB)
Head coaching record
Overall 1–1
Bowls 1–1

Kent Lex Baer (born May 2, 1951) is an American college football coach who is currently defensive coordinator at UNLV.

Early life and college years

Born in Logan, Utah, Baer graduated from Sky View High School of Smithfield, Utah in 1969.[1] Baer then enrolled at Utah State University. At Utah State, Baer lettered in football for four years (1969 through 1972) and graduated with a degree in physical education and recreation.[2]

Coaching career

On December 11, 2004, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Baer was named interim head coach after regular head coach Tyrone Willingham was fired.[3][4] Notre Dame eventually hired Charlie Weis as new head coach starting 2005.[5] Baer was a 2002 finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach.

On January 3, 2005, after Willingham became head coach at Washington, Baer joined Willingham's staff as defensive coordinator.[6] At the conclusion of the 2007 season, after a statistically worst defensive season in UW football history, Willingham decided to let Baer go. In the three years at UW, the defense ranked 94, 95 and 98 in total defense, 89, 85 and 94 in scoring defense, and 106, 102 and 85 in passing defense.(1)

On April 14, 2008, Baer became defensive coordinator at San Jose State under Dick Tomey.[7]

On December 11, 2012, Baer became interim head coach of San Jose State after Mike MacIntyre resigned to become head coach at Colorado. Baer coached the Spartans to a 29-20 victory over Bowling Green University in the 2012 Military Bowl on December 27. MacIntyre announced on December 18 that he would like Baer to join him in Colorado as defensive coordinator.[8] With five other former San Jose State assistants, Baer joined MacIntyre in Colorado on January 3, 2013.[9]

First year head coach Tony Sanchez completed his staff at UNLV when Baer joined on December 22, 2014 as his defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.[10]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent) (2004)
2004 Notre Dame 0–1 [n 1] L Insight [n 1]
Notre Dame: 0–1
San Jose State Spartans (Western Athletic Conference) (2012)
2012 San Jose State 1–0 [n 2] W Military [n 2] 21 21
San Jose State: 1–0
Total: 1–1


  1. 1 2 Tyrone Willingham was fired on November 30. Baer was named interim head coach on December 1 and coached the team in the Insight Bowl.
  2. 1 2 Mike MacIntyre resigned on December 10 to become head coach at Colorado. Baer was named interim head coach on December 11 and coached the team in the Military Bowl.


  1. "Kent Baer". Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  2. "Kent Baer". San Jose State Spartans. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  3. "AD cites lack of on-field progress". ESPN. December 1, 2004. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  4. Downey, Mike (December 12, 2004). "Irish players want coach who wants them". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  5. Greenstein, Teddy (December 14, 2004). "Weis hopes winning can heal wounds". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  6. Condotta, Bob (January 4, 2005). "Willingham adds five assistants to Huskies staff". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  7. Condotta, Bob. "Kent Baer hired at San Jose State". Husky Football Blog. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  8. John Henderson (2012-12-19). "CU Buffs coach Mike MacIntyre will bring in both coordinators from San Jose State".
  9. "MacIntyre Names Six Assistants To Colorado Staff". Colorado Buffaloes. January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  10. "Sanchez Announces Coaching Staff". UNLV Rebels. December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
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