Weber State Director of Athletics Jerry Bovee made the announcement Wednesday following the completion of the 2012 season where Sears served as interim head coach.
“Coach Sears was put into an unprecedented situation this past season and did a wonderful job of keeping our team together and leading the Wildcat football program,” Bovee said. “He did it with style and class, engaging the community and fans in a positive way, all while maintaining stability in our program. Under Coach Sears’ leadership, the team competed each week despite the difficult situation they faced this year with three head coaches in such a short time. He now has an opportunity to build the program and make the changes that will help get us back to competing for conference championships and taking the team into the playoffs consistently.”
“By adding Coach Rosenbach and his experience on the offensive side of the ball we are assembling a staff that I’m confident will continue to build the program and reach our ultimate goals,” Bovee added. “It also maintains stability for our program and keeps us focused on academics and establishing a solid recruiting base.”
The 2012 season was Sears’ 19th season coaching college football. He came to Weber State in January 2012 as the defensive coordinator and was named interim head coach on April 23, following spring practice. He also served as defensive coordinator for the Wildcats during the season.
In 2012 the Wildcats posted wins over Big Sky rivals Southern Utah and Idaho State. Under Sears’ watch, the Weber State defense ranked third in the Big Sky in total defense in conference games. The ‘Cats were also sixth in rushing defense and seventh in passing defense in conference games. WSU junior linebacker Anthony Morales finished the year first in the Big Sky and third in the nation in tackles.
“I’m absolutely humbled, honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to coach and lead the football program at Weber State,” Sears said. “I love where our team is and the direction we are going and I’m looking forward to growing the program in the seasons to come. I’ve known Coach Rosenbach for many years and know he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program.”
Sears is the 10th head football coach in Weber State history. Before coming to Weber State, Sears spent three seasons as co-defensive coordinator at his alma mater Washington State in the Pac-12. He also spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Conference, helping the Eagles win a conference title and make three trips to the FCS Playoffs.
Prior to his time at Eastern Washington, Sears spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Army. He also spent time as an assistant coach at S. Ambrose University and Iowa State. He was a two-year letterwinner at Washington State and graduated in 1991. Sears, 45, is a native of Pullman, Washington. He and his wife Molly are the parents of five children.
Rosenbach (Rose-en-bah) will take over as offensive coordinator at Weber State and brings an extensive resume of playing and coaching experience to the Wildcats.
Sears and Rosenbach played football together at Washington State where Rosenbach was an All-American quarterback and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988. He set Washington State single-season records that year for total offense, passing yards and touchdowns and had the highest quarterback rating in the nation. He was a first round pick in the 1989 supplemental NFL draft, taken by the then-Phoenix Cardinals where he played three seasons. In his second season with the Cardinals he started all 16 games and threw for more than 3,000 yards and 16 touchdowns. Injuries cut short his professional playing career.
Rosenbach joins the Weber State football program after spending last season as the offensive coordinator at Montana in the Big Sky. Prior to that he spent one season as the offensive coordinator at New Mexico State and spent five seasons as quarterbacks coach at his alma mater Washington State. Prior to that he spent three seasons at Eastern Washington where he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2001, his first season as offensive coordinator, the Eagles led the nation in total offense.
“I’m excited to be working with Coach Sears and looking forward to this opportunity at Weber State,” Rosenbach said. “Jody and I go back a long ways and it will be great to coach together. Weber State has the program headed in the right direction and there is a commitment to the program that I’m excited to be a part of.”
Rosenbach, 46, attended high school in Missoula, Mont., before moving to Pullman, Wash., with his father Lynn, who became an assistant athletic director at Washington State. His wife Kim is a former professional volleyball player and the couple has two daughters.