Graybeal quits after worst season in school history

Updated: November 16, 2004, 10:48 PM ET
Associated Press

OGDEN, Utah -- Weber State football coach Jerry Graybeal has stepped down after a 1-10 season, the worst in the program's 43-year history.

Graybeal informed athletics director William J. Weidner of his decision Tuesday and was reassigned as a special assistant to the director of athletics, effective immediately.

Graybeal, 49, signed a three-year contract last November following an 8-4 season for which he was named Big Sky Coach of the Year.

Weidner said the university will honor the second year of the contract. The third year was an option year, which the university will not exercise.

"I believe this decision is in the best interest of our players and Wildcats athletics," Graybeal said in a statement.

"In my new role I will do everything in my power to help the program move forward. I appreciate the support of the administration, my coaches and players," he said.

During his seven years at Weber State, Graybeal compiled a 32-46 record, including 20-32 in the Big Sky.

"During his tenure, coach Graybeal has always led by example, and today's decision once again demonstrates his character and integrity," Weber State president F. Ann Millner said.

Weidner said, "Coach Graybeal has been an outstanding ambassador for WSU, the athletic department and our football program. Jerry will remain a viable and valued contributing member of our athletic program." Weidner said a national search for a new head football coach will begin immediately.

Weidner said that Graybeal's assistant coaches will be retained through the remainder of their contracts, which expire Jan. 31, 2005.

Prior to joining Weber State, he spent 15 years as an assistant coach at Eastern Washington.

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