Wright introduced as Pitt State head football coach

Brian Wright was introduced Monday afternoon

Pittsburg State University introduced Brian Wright as the next head coach of the football program on Monday afternoon.

Wright comes to Pitt State after serving the last four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Toledo.

Outside of serving as interim head coach for four games at Florida Atlantic, this will be Wright’s first head coaching experience.

Wright says he met with the team for the first time Monday morning, and can already tell the guys are ready to go.

“The main thing that stood out was their eagerness to get ready,” Wright says of the players, “I’m sure there’s some anxiety there. There always is when you have change, but I think we had a room full of guys that are eager to get to work and get started. I know they have a coach that way. From the outside you knew that this was a great place and had to have great people and great resources because of the success that they’ve had academically and athletically for a long time. Then when you get to meet the leadership team here, you know this is a special place.”

RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

Pittsburg State University will introduce new head football coach Brian Wright to the public at 1 p.m. Monday (Dec. 9) in a press conference to be held in the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on the PSU campus.

The event also will be web streamed live on www.pittstate.tv.

Wright comes to Pitt State after serving the past four seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Toledo.

In his four seasons with the Rockets, Wright has helped guide offenses that have been among the best in the Mid-American Conference while boasting four NFL draft picks.

In his debut season at Toledo in 2016, Wright guided one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, helping the Rockets attain a 9-4 record and a berth in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. Toledo shattered school records for total offense (517.8 ypg) and passing offense (322.8 ypg). Under Wright’s guidance, Toledo finished the 2016 season in the top 10 nationally in five offensive team categories: passing efficiency (second-183.3); third-down conversions (fifth-51.1%); total offense (seventh-517.8 ypg); red-zone offense (ninth-92.0%); and passing offense (10th-322.8 ypg). Toledo led the MAC in total offense, passing offense, and passing efficiency.

In 2017, Wright helped guide a Toledo offense that drove the Rockets to a MAC Championship. UT finished with an 11-3 record and defeated Akron in the MAC Championship Game. Toledo ranked first in the MAC in total offense and passing efficiency, and second in scoring offense and passing offense. For his efforts, Wright was a nominee for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

As a team in 2018, Toledo led the MAC in scoring (40.4 ppg) and was second in total offense (443.8 ypg), while this past fall, Toledo has ranked second in the MAC in rushing (224.5 ypg) and fifth in total offense (434.1 ypg).

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