Pees joins Belichick's coaching staff

Updated: February 25, 2004, 4:11 PM ET
Associated Press

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State football coach Dean Pees resigned Wednesday to become a linebackers coach for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

The school did not immediately name a replacement for Pees, who went 17-51 in six seasons. Offensive coordinator Doug Martin is among the leading candidates to fill the vacancy.

In December, after a 5-7 season, Pees signed a one-year contract extension through 2006.

Pees has a long-standing relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who interviewed Pees to be Cleveland's special teams coach in 1991.

In 2001, Pees led Kent State to a 6-5 record -- the school's best mark in 15 years.

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