OGDEN, Utah -- Weber State football coach Jerry Graybeal has
stepped down after a 1-10 season, the worst in the program's
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
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,
Prior to joining Weber State, he spent 15 years as an assistant coach at