Pack hires new defensive coordinator |

Pack hires new defensive coordinator

The Associated Press

RENO – Andy Buh is coming back to Nevada as defensive coordinator after three seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford, Nevada coach Chris Ault announced on Thursday.

Buh will replace Nigel Burton, who resigned Dec. 7 to become head coach at Portland State.

“He will bring the sense of urgency and new energy that we need on that side of the ball,” Ault said in a statement. “His experience at Stanford speaks volumes about his ability to coach at this level.”

Buh’s time at Stanford included the past two as co-defensive coordinator. The Cardinal had four defensive players earn all Pac-10 recognition this season as the school made its first bowl appearance since 2001 and finished in a second-place tie in the Pac-10.

Buh, 36, has also worked at California, San Diego State and Fresno State during his 13 years of coaching. He played at Nevada in 1993 and 1994 and helped the Pack to a Big West championship as a senior.

Buh returned to Nevada as a graduate assistant during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He became an assistant coach for the 1999 season, working with the secondary and special teams.

“It is a thrill to be back walking the sidelines of Mackay Stadium and to do so alongside Coach Ault,” Buh said. “I’m fired up to get this defense going.”

The announcement comes two days after the firing of Nevada defensive tackles coach Jim House. Ault has said the Pack’s struggles with total defense and pass defense contributed to the decision.

SMU crushed Nevada 45-10 in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 to leave the Pack with an 8-5 record.

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