Head Coach
Aaron Best

The 20-year veteran of the Eastern Washington University football program was named as EWU’s 21st head football coach on Jan. 21 by EWU athletic director Bill Chaves.

Best has spent 20 seasons since the fall of 1996 as a player and coach at Eastern, including the last nine seasons as Eastern’s offensive line coach under former head coach Beau Baldwin. Baldwin announced Jan. 16 he was leaving Eastern to take the offensive coordinator position at Cal.

Besides coaching the offensive line as a full-time assistant for 14 of his 16 seasons on the coaching staff, Best has also served in various coordinator positions, most recently as the team’s running game coordinator and as the program’s long-time academic coordinator. He was a student assistant coach in 2000 and a graduate assistant in 2001, then became the school’s primary offensive line coach from 2002-2006, and again from 2008-16.

Among the offensive linemen he coached was Michael Roos, who went on to a 10-year career with the Tennessee Titans in the National Football League. With Best on the coaching staff, Eastern has had 14 different offensive linemen earn All-America accolades, with those players combining to win first team All-Big Sky Conference honors on 15 occasions. He played alongside four other All-Americans at EWU who all earned first team All-Big Sky honors, in addition to himself earning both honors when he played for the Eagles from 1996-1999. In all, in Best’s 20 seasons as an Eagle, EWU players have won 21 first team All-BSC honors, 18 second team accolades and 31 honorable mentions.

Best is only the fifth head coach since 1979 for the Eagles, and the third since then who played collegiately as an offensive lineman. Dick Zornes, who is also an Eastern graduate, coached at EWU from 1979-93 before former Idaho offensive lineman Mike Kramer took over from 1994-99. Washington State offensive lineman Paul Wulff took over from 2000-2007 until Baldwin, a Central Washington graduate, took the reins in 2008.

Best helped coordinate an offense in 2016 which set seven Big Sky Conference records and two additional EWU marks for a total of nine school records. Eastern finished the year ranked second in FCS in total offense with an average of 529.6 yards per game and was the FCS leader in passing offense (401.0 yards per game). Eastern was also third in scoring offense (42.4).

Eastern's offense excelled after Best helped develop an offensive line that lost all five starters from EWU's 2015 squad plus two other seniors. In the last eight games of the 2016 season, the starting lineup consisted of two redshirt freshmen and a trio of sophomores. Eastern finished 12-2 overall and was a perfect 8-0 in the Big Sky Conference.

In the last 13 seasons (2004-16) – 12 with Best on the coaching staff -- EWU has ranked in the top 10 in passing 11 times, in total offense on nine occasions and scoring five times. In 2016, center Spencer Blackburn was a second team All-Big Sky selection and went on to earn sophomore All-America accolades.

Roos became the highest NFL draft choice in school history when he was chosen in the second round – 41st overall – by the Tennessee Titans in 2005. A season-ending knee injury in 2014 led to his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons. He credited Best in his retirement statement on Instagram on Feb. 26, 2015.

Best started 22-straight games at center for Eastern in 1998 and 1999, earning honorable mention All-Big Sky honors as a junior and first team honors as a senior. He also earned honorable mention All-America honors his final season.

An outstanding student with a 3.3 grade point average, as a senior he was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team and was selected to the FCS Athletic Directors Academic All-Star Team. Twice he was selected to the Big Sky All-Academic team. He received his bachelor's degree in social science from EWU in 2001.

He was Eastern's long-snapper for four seasons and was a backup lineman in 1997 when Eastern led the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in total offense (505.6 yards per game). That team finished 12-2 and advanced to the FCS "Final Four." The Eagles were 30-17 in the four seasons Best played for EWU, and Eastern had a 1,000-yard rusher each year. In all, the Eagles have had a 1,000-yard rusher in 11 of the 19 seasons Best has been at EWU.

Best graduated in 1996 from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash., where he had a 3.75 grade point average. He was co-captain his senior season as Curtis won the State AAA championship.

Best was born Jan. 27, 1978, in Tacoma, Wash. He and the former Kim Walker were married on July 15, 2007, in Everett, Wash. They have three children – one son, Tank (8), and two daughters, Tenli (6) and Texis (3).

Assoc. Head Coach / Def. Front Coordinator / Defensive Ends
Eti Ena

Eti Ena, a graduate of EWU, returned to his alma mater in the 2016 season to become Eastern’s new defensive front coordinator and to join with Brian Strandley in coaching the defensive line for the 2016 season. Now also EWU’s associate head coach under new head coach Aaron Best, Ena came to Eastern from Cal Poly where he coached the defensive line from 2013-15, and prior to that spent four seasons (2009-12) as defensive line coach at the University of Idaho.

In his first season as Eastern, he helped coach first team All-Big Sky Conference selection and All-American defensive end Samson Ebukam, as well as first team defensive tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli. Eastern’s defense in 2016 allowed only 24.4 points per game (second-best in the league) during its 8-0 Big Sky Conference season after allowing 40.7 against three challenging non-conference opponents.

A year after allowing 57 points in a 41-point setback to Montana, the Eagle defense allowed just 16 in the rematch on Oct. 29 at Roos Field in EWU’s 35-16 victory. The 16 points for the Griz was their lowest total in the last 33 games in the series dating back 32 years to a 14-14 tie in 1984.

In their last seven victories of the season, the defense allowed just 113 points (16.1 per game). That seven-game stretch was Eastern’s best since the 1997 team allowed only 105 in its first seven games of the season. In a 38-0 victory over Richmond in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs, Eastern’s defense recorded its first shutout in 102 games (since 2009), and the 205 yards Richmond had were the fewest EWU had surrendered in its last 28 outings.

Ena graduated from EWU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education after serving as a student assistant for three seasons from 2003-05 under then-head coach Paul Wulff. Baldwin was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern during Ena’s three seasons at EWU.

In his first year at Eastern, Ena helped coach linebackers. In the last two – both resulting in Big Sky Conference titles for the Eagles -- he assisted along the defensive line.

In his first season at Cal Poly, Ena coached defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz, who earned eight All-America honors and was named co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Sky Conference, and later signed with the Houston Texans.

At Idaho, Ena coached three defensive linemen who signed with National Football League teams -- Aaron Lavarias (New England Patriots), Michael Cosgrove (Detroit Lions) and Benson Mayowa (Seattle Seahawks, now with the Dallas Cowboys).

Ena’s coaching career began at Shelton (Wash.) High School, where he was an assistant coach in 1997 and 1998, serving as the varsity linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator.

Ena then served three seasons (2006-08) at Eastern Oregon, where he was the Mountaineers’ defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coordinator in 2006 and 2007. He served as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 2008.

Ena played linebacker at Utah’s Snow College and Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College before transferring to Eastern Washington. A shoulder injury prior to his junior year ended his playing career. He is a 1992 graduate of Inchelium (Wash.) High School and helped lead his team to the State 1B football title as a senior.

Ena and his wife, Latona, have three daughters, Corey (24), Moia (21) and Fuamai (17), and one son, Eti Jr. (14). His cousin, Paul Ena, was a two-time All-Big Sky defensive end for EWU from 2009-12. Eti’s uncle and Paul’s father, Tali Ena, was a standout running back at WSU (1976-79) and went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks.

His younger brother, Justin, played at BYU and played four years in the NFL after signing a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002. Justin is now linebackers coach at the University of Utah. Another brother, Packy, is a high school coach at Kapolei High School in Hawaii and formerly played at Oregon State.

His name is pronounced “eh-tee” “en-nuh.”

Linebackers / High School Relations
Josh Fetter

With lots of ties regionally, Josh Fetter enters his seventh season as coach of Eastern’s linebackers. He will also serve as EWU's director of high school relations in 2017 after previously serving as the team's liaison with professional teams.

He coached Miquiyah Zamora to first team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2016 during a breakthrough season for Eastern’s defense. After becoming just the second player in school history to have at least 100 tackles in three separate seasons, Zamora finished his career with 366 tackles to rank fourth all-time at EWU. He played in 52 games as an Eagle, including 45 as a starter.

Eastern’s defense in 2016 allowed only 24.4 points per game (second-best in the league) during its 8-0 Big Sky Conference season after allowing 40.7 against three challenging non-conference opponents. A year after allowing 57 points in a 41-point setback to Montana, the Eagle defense allowed just 16 in the rematch on Oct. 29 at Roos Field in EWU’s 35-16 victory. The 16 points for the Griz was their lowest total in the last 33 games in the series dating back 32 years to a 14-14 tie in 1984.

In their last seven victories of the season, the defense allowed just 113 points (16.1 per game). That seven-game stretch was Eastern’s best since the 1997 team allowed only 105 in its first seven games of the season. In a 38-0 victory over Richmond in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs, Eastern’s defense recorded its first shutout in 102 games (since 2009), and the 205 yards Richmond had were the fewest EWU had surrendered in its last 28 outings.

In 2015, linebacker Jake Gall earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors. Previously, Fetter coached three-time NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America linebacker Ronnie Hamlin, who played in what was then a school-record 53 games (50 as a starter) and had 473 career tackles to break the Big Sky Conference record and rank seventh all-time in FCS. Hamlin earned first team All-Big Sky honors in as a sixth-year senior in 2014, with Cody McCarthy and Miquiyah Zamora each earning honorable mention.

That trio combined for 295 tackles, a year after they combined for 309 in 2013. Hamlin earned All-America and second team All-Big Sky honors that season, and McCarthy received honorable mention. Hamlin was an All-American and earned first team All-Big Sky honors as a sophomore in 2012. Also on the unit was second team All-Big Sky selection Zach Johnson, who finished with 324 tackles in his career to rank fifth all-time at Eastern.

Fetter also coached Johnson in 2011 when he missed most of the season with a chronic knee injury, but Johnson was granted a sixth year by the NCAA and returned in 2012. Tyler Washburn and Grant Williams also received honorable mention All-Big Sky honors, giving EWU a league-leading four on the squad in 2012.

Previous coaching stops for Fetter, a former University of Idaho team captain and 1996 graduate, have included Central Washington, Idaho State and Portland State. While at Central, he coached alongside several current Eagle coaches, including Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. At ISU, he coached with fellow Eastern assistant Brian Strandley and former Eagle assistant and Idaho State head coach John Zamberlin.

Fetter spent the 2010 season at Idaho State under Zamberlin, a former Eastern assistant coach and head coach at Central Washington. He and Strandley, who was Fetter’s teammate at Idaho, were defensive line coaches for the Bengals.

Before getting the job at ISU, Fetter was going to be defensive coordinator in the 2010 season at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. Prior to that, he spent four seasons as defensive line coach at PSU.

In the 2009 season, two of his Viking linemen earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors, and in 2007, all three of his regular starters were all-league. In 2006, PSU led the Big Sky in turnover margin, passing efficiency defense, sacks per game, tackles for loss, third-down defense, fourth-down defense and red-zone defense.

From 1996-2000 he was at Central, including the final four seasons under Zamberlin as defensive ends coach. He coached defensive tackles in 1996, his first season coaching after graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in general studies.

While at Idaho, Fetter was a two-year starter and lettered four seasons for the Vandals. As a senior he was voted as a team captain and won Idaho’s most inspirational player award.

Fetter was born Dec. 6, 1972, in Tacoma, Wash. He and his wife, Jahnna, have a son, Michael (11), a daughter, Delani (9) and a second daughter, Laci (5), who was born on the first day of preseason practices on Aug. 10, 2011.

Defensive Line/Pro Liaison
Brian Strandley

Former Idaho defensive lineman Brian Strandley returned to the Eastern football coaching staff in 2012 and enters his seventh season overall at EWU. He also serves as the school’s liaison with professional teams.

After serving three seasons as EWU’s tight ends coach, in 2015 he returned to the defensive line where he coached one season in 2006 in his first stint with the Eagles.

In 2016, he helped coach first team All-Big Sky Conference selection and All-American defensive end Samson Ebukam, as well as first team defensive tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli. Eastern’s defense in 2016 allowed only 24.4 points per game (second-best in the league) during its 8-0 Big Sky Conference season after allowing 40.7 against three challenging non-conference opponents.

A year after allowing 57 points in a 41-point setback to Montana, the Eagle defense allowed just 16 in the rematch on Oct. 29 at Roos Field in EWU’s 35-16 victory. The 16 points for the Griz was their lowest total in the last 33 games in the series dating back 32 years to a 14-14 tie in 1984.

In their last seven victories of the season, the defense allowed just 113 points (16.1 per game). That seven-game stretch was Eastern’s best since the 1997 team allowed only 105 in its first seven games of the season. In a 38-0 victory over Richmond in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs, Eastern’s defense recorded its first shutout in 102 games (since 2009), and the 205 yards Richmond had were the fewest EWU had surrendered in its last 28 outings.

The Eagles in 2015 featured a pair of All-Big Sky Conference performers as juniors. Ebukam earned second team honors for the second-straight season, and tackle Matthew Sommer was on the third team after receiving honorable mention as a sophomore.

The tight ends he coached in 2014 included honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection Zach Wimberly. In 2013, Zack Gehring earned third team honors from the league. Gehring finished his 50-game EWU career with 34 starts, 44 receptions, 511 yards and five touchdowns.

Before returning to Eastern, Strandley coached at Idaho State under former EWU assistant and Central Washington University head coach John Zamberlin. Strandley spent four seasons there as the school’s defensive coordinator. After the ISU coaching staff was let go following the 2010 season, Strandley coached defensive linemen in 2011 at Eastern Illinois.

Prior to his single year at EWU in 2006, Strandley spent nine seasons as a defensive coach under Zamberlin at CWU. Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin was a fellow assistant at CWU with Strandley from 1997-2002, as well as at EWU in 2006. One of Strandley’s Idaho teammates was Josh Fetter, who is now linebackers coach at Eastern and was previously on the staff at ISU in 2010. Strandley was also on the CWU staff with current Eagle coach John Graham.

In 2008, ISU’s pass defense allowed 112 yards or less in three of the final four games of the season. In his first year with the school, the Bengal defense scored five touchdowns on the year, including game-changing fumble returns on back-to-back drives in a win over Portland State. In all, ISU nearly doubled their takeaways (23, up from 12 in 2006), and they increased their totals in sacks, tackles for loss, passes defended, and forced fumbles. Seven players earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors, including three defensive linemen coached by Strandley.

In his lone season at EWU in 2006, the youthful Eagles finished 3-8 overall and 3-5 in the Big Sky Conference. He coached All-Big Sky honorable mention selection Greg Peach, who went on to win the 2008 Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

Strandley lettered four years from 1991-94 at Idaho as a defensive lineman. He was Idaho’s 1993 defensive captain, and finished his career with 101 tackles. When he was a junior, the Vandals advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs (then known as I-AA), and in 1994, Idaho led FCS in rushing defense (65.3 yards per game). He helped Idaho to a 35-14 record, three playoff berths and one Big Sky Conference title in four seasons under head coach John L. Smith.

Included were three victories in four games versus Eastern. Idaho lost to the Eagles 34-31 in overtime his freshman season, but then won the next three meetings by a combined score of 127-46. He had seven tackles, a sack and a pass broken up in four career games versus EWU.

After he graduated from Idaho, Strandley coached at Potlatch (Idaho) High School where he served as defensive coordinator and head junior varsity coach.

Strandley was born June 7, 1971, in Tacoma, Wash. He and his wife, Erika, have a daughter named Brianna (6) and a son named Owen (3, born Oct. 29, 2013).

Running Backs/Video Coordinator
Kevin Maurice

After three full seasons as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at North Dakota, Kevin Maurice is joining the Eastern coaching staff as the new coach of Eagle running backs. He will also serve in the role of video coordinator for the Eagles.

His tenure with the Fighting Hawks included the 2016 season when both North Dakota and Eastern Washington shared the league title with identical 8-0 records to advance to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs, and the Fighting Hawks featured pair of All-America running backs.

“It will be great to team up with a former fellow champion in this tough league,” said new Eagle head coach Aaron Best. “He was UND’s recruiting coordinator, which makes him versatile and knowledgeable in the recruiting world. Familiarity with the Big Sky was another plus.”

“It means a lot to me because historically Eastern has been really successful at a national level,” said Maurice of his hiring. “Its history drew me into the program and I’ve been looking at the program from afar for many years, even when I was a student-athlete. To be part of the football program at Eastern is justifiable in my career and I’m here to accept the challenge.”

Maurice went against EWU just once in those three seasons he was on the staff of UND head coach Bubba Schweigert. That was a 54-3 Eagle victory in 2014 in which UND rushed for 131 yards and had only 37 passing. North Dakota was just 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the league prior to his arrival, but then went 5-7/3-5, 7-4/5-3 and 9-3/8-0 in the three years after that for a collective overall record of 21-14 and 16-8 league mark in his three seasons in Grand Forks.

Maurice is a former running back at Texas-El Paso and later St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. He has also had collegiate coaching stops at Purdue, Nevada, Miami, Cincinnati and Midwestern State, as well as a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns.

“He’s been a part of some very successful programs and teams,” Best added. “The production of his running backs has been top notch and has been witnessed by our staff for the past three years. The proof is in the body of work he has put together in terms of the team and individual rushing statistics and honors his running backs have achieved, most recently at UND.”

“I know the lay of the land in the Big Sky,” Maurice added. “From my three years at North Dakota I know what it takes to be a Big Sky champion. I also know the profile of running backs we need to have at Eastern to win the league title year-in and year-out.”

While in Grand Forks, Maurice coached All-America running back John Santiago, who earned first team All-Big Conference honors in both 2015 and 2016, and was the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2015. Brady Oliveira earned third team All-Big Sky honors and also earned All-America accolades in 2016.

Santiago began fall camp in 2015 playing wide receiver, but by the end of the campaign was an All-America running back. He set UND Division I records for rushing yards (1,459) and rushing touchdowns (16), and broke a single-season program record for all-purpose yards, finishing with 2,159. He had 230 yards and three touchdowns against Montana State, and in the same game Oliveira had 167 and one score.

Santiago was the only running back in the FCS to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his conference games and finished fourth nationally, averaging 136.2 rushing yards per game. In fact, Santiago was one of three true freshmen running backs to each muster a 100-yard rushing game for Maurice in 2015. Oliveira and Iwarri Smith also cracked the century mark as UND's stable of running backs finished with 2,213 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.

Maurice spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons at Purdue where he began his tenure as a graduate assistant before being named director of player personnel. In February of 2013, he was elevated to assistant recruiting coordinator at the Big Ten school for head coach Danny Hope.

Prior to his two years in West Lafayette, Ind., Maurice made stops at three other FBS programs, with the latest coming as an offensive graduate assistant at Nevada in 2011. He briefly served as a recruiting assistant at Miami (Fla.) before joining the Wolf Pack staff. Maurice spent the 2010 season as a recruiting assistant for head coach Butch Jones at Cincinnati.

Before making the move to the FBS level, Maurice spent a season as the running backs coach at Midwestern State (Texas) in 2009 and was an offensive coordinator at North Miami (Fla.) High School in 2008. The Miami native played collegiately at UTEP for two seasons in 2003 and 2004 and finished his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at St. Joseph’s (Ind.) College in 2006.

Offensive Line/Academic Coordinator/Community Relations
Jase Butorac

With a background at Eastern that parallels that of head coach Aaron Best, Butorac is EWU’s new offensive line coach. He will also serve as academic coordinator and help coordinate the football program's many community service endeavors.

Butorac played center as a four-year letterwinner from 2011-14 on teams that won three Big Sky Conference titles and advanced to the playoffs all three seasons. He’s served as a strength and conditioning intern for the two years since then at Eastern while he finished his degree in business (marketing) in 2015.

“It was one of the ideal scenarios that ended up happening,” said Butorac. “The fact it’s happening now is a true testament to Coach Best for all the coaching he’s giving me while I played for him and the last couple of years working in the program. It’s a pretty special opportunity and I’m very excited.”

“I’ve had the ability to be around Jase in strength and conditioning activities for two years, and I’ve really enjoyed that time with him,” said Best. “He’s grown a ton and I look forward to having him grow without me being in the room all the time.”

“It’s a great opportunity that Coach Best feels I’m ready for, and I do too,” added Butorac. “We’re excited moving forward, especially with all the new staff members we have. We’re in a great position and I’m glad my experience will be helpful to the program.

“I’ll still need to lean on him at times, but he also wants to give me freedom to kind of run my own show and do my thing. Players sometimes need to hear a different voice at times, but we’ll certainly use his expertise.”

As a player, Best started 15 games as an Eagle, including 14 games as a senior team co-captain in 2014. Twice he earned Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors and had a 3.43 grade point average.

He helped the Eagles finish 11-3 and win the Big Sky Conference outright title for the second-straight season in 2014. The Eagles advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs, and finished ranked fourth in the final FCS poll.

In 2013, Butorac was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team in the first of two-straight seasons to be honored. He was a backup center behind All-American Ashton Miller. He helped Eastern set Big Sky and school records with 592 points, 83 touchdowns and 8,002 yards of offense in the 2013 season.

As a sophomore in 2012, he helped EWU rank seventh in the FCS in passing yards per game (318.9), 14th overall in total offense (442.0) and 17th in scoring (33.7). As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he made the first start of his career against South Dakota (9/10/11) at right offensive guard, but was lost for the season with a knee injury suffered the following game against Montana (9/17/11). He was already replacing Ashton Miller, who was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon in EWU’s opener against Washington (9/3/11). Butorac made his collegiate debut versus the Huskies following the injury to Miller. Converted defensive lineman Brandon Murphy filled in at that position for the final eight games of the season.

He redshirted in 2010 and was selected as the team’s Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year. He was selected as the team’s offensive scout team player of the week once.

Butorac graduated from Skyline HS in 2010. Named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip” selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Was selected to the Seattle Times “Star Times” All-Area team as an offensive lineman. He was a first team All-KingCo League Crest Division selection as an offensive tackle and a second team choice as a defensive lineman. Butorac helped Skyline to a 40-2 record as a three-year starter, including a trio of state titles. He protected the blind side of BYU-bound Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps, who passed for 3,936 yards and 41 touchdowns. Skyline won the State 4A title with a 45-21 romp past Ferris to finish the season 12-2. Before the 2009 season began, he was selected on Ron Siegel’s preseason All-State team. As a junior, he also earned first team All-KingCo League Crest Division honors as an offensive lineman.

Skyline also won the 2008 State 4A title with a perfect 14-0 record, defeating Issaquah 20-15 in the title game. Skyline was 14-0 and won the state title as a starter in his sophomore season as well. He was team captain as a senior and received the Coach Steve Gervais Award as the most complete player on the 2009 Skyline squad. He had a 3.8 grade point average and received a scholar-athlete award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

His Eagle teammates Evan Day (’10) and Nic Sblendorio (’13), as well as former Eagle Tyler Washburn (’08), also graduated from Skyline.

Butorac was born Aug. 12, 1992, in Tacoma, Wash., and his parents are Mark and Melanie Butorac. His last name is pronounced “boo-tur-ack.”

Wide Receivers
Jay Dumas

With a long, vast association with football in the region, Jay Dumas joins the Eastern program as wide receivers coach and owns the distinction of being a high school coach for EWU’s record-breaking sensation Cooper Kupp and his younger brother Ketner Kupp.

A 1999 graduate of Washington State, Dumas most recently was a wide receivers coach at Central Washington from 2014-16 under head coach Ian Shoemaker. Among the players he coached there was NCAA Division II All-America Jesse Zalk, who played for the Wildcats from 2014-16. Dumas also coached returners and assisted with summer camps.

Sharing a common thread with several past and present Eagle coaches as a graduate of Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash., his other collegiate coaching stops have included Montana State and Western Washington.

“I’m excited for Jay and the opportunity to come from Central Washington and show his mettle here at Eastern,” said Best. “He’s a Curtis grad and a former teammate of Coach Baldwin, so we’re very familiar with Jay. He was instrumental in the tutelage of Cooper Kupp and the process of making him the player he was out of high school. He’s coached in the Big Sky, at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels, so he has a lot of college experience.”

“I’m really excited,” said Dumas. “I’ve been following Eastern football for many years now, and have a good connection with Beau Baldwin and now Coach Best. Everybody has been very welcoming and the players are excited, almost as excited as I am for being here. I’m happy to be a part of the tradition that has been built here, and I’m hoping to continue that tradition.”

From 2007-14, Dumas was the offensive coordinator at Davis High School in Yakima where he helped the offense for the Pirates set numerous school records. One of the All-State players he coached was Kupp, who as a senior in 2011 had 60 receptions for 1,059 yards (17.7 per catch) and 18 touchdowns, and scored 22 total touchdowns to set a school record. He also had 11 rushes for 122 yards and two touchdowns as Davis came one game away from a berth in the State 4A Playoffs. Davis finished 6-4 for the second straight year, giving the program back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1968-69. Ketner graduated from Davis in 2015 and will be a junior linebacker for the Eagles in 2017.

“It’s nice to have familiarity with a couple of the players who are here,” said Dumas. “Certainly I had very little to do with how they got here – they came to Eastern on their own merit. When they were in high school we came to Eastern’s summer camp, so the school got a chance to see them up close and personal. They got know them a little bit more than you sometimes do on the recruiting trail. It was exciting to see them come here and have success, but I’m certainly excited about the new chapters we have ahead of us and the players we have on campus.”

Dumas was the running backs and wide receivers coach at Montana State between 2003-06. During his time with the Bobcats, they won the Big Sky Conference title in 2003 and 2005, making the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs both of those years. The Bobcats also advanced to the playoffs in 2006.

From 1999-2002, he coached at Western Washington University before the school dropped the program following the 2008 season. He coached tight ends and running backs at Western, and also assisted with team study table and summer camps. It was at Western where he met Shoemaker.

Dumas played four years from 1992-96 as a wide receiver for the Cougars. He finished his career with 96 catches for 920 yards and two touchdowns, including 50 grabs for 463 yards as a senior. He also returned 90 career punts for 705 yards (7.8 average). Dumas was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference choice as junior.

Dumas is a graduate of Curtis High School in Tacoma, the same school Eastern head coach Aaron Best and assistant Brian Strandley attended. He was a high school teammate of Strandley, former Eagle head coach Beau Baldwin and former Eastern assistant Torey Hunter, and together they led the Vikings to the 1989 State AAA championship. He led the South Puget Sound League in receiving as senior with 34 grabs for 704 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned all-SPSL honors on offense and defense, and played on state Class AAA championship teams as junior and sophomore.

His full name is Jasson Dumas and he was born Nov. 10, 1973. His fiancé is Landi Marquis, and he has three sons (Jackson, 24; Camilo, 23; Julius, 19) and two daughters (Joy, 17; Jovi, 6). Last name is pronounced “doo-moss”

Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
Heath Pulver

Having spent four previous seasons at Eastern Washington University, Pulver returns to EWU to serve as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator in the 2017 season. Most recently, Pulver had coaching stints at Colorado State and Cal where he worked for a pair of ex-Eagle coaches. Pulver is a graduate of both Eastern and nearby University High School in Spokane, Wash.

“For lots of reasons we are excited to get Heath back to Cheney and close to his hometown,” said new Eastern head coach Aaron Best. “It is always an added bonus that every special teams unit hears one voice from one coach, and Heath is going to be that guy. His passion for special teams has been evident since his time here at EWU, and now he gets to display his own work from both a special teams and tight ends perspective. We welcome Heath and his brand new wife Brittany to our Eagle Football family with open arms.”

Pulver was at Cal with former Eagle head coach Beau Baldwin since April as an offensive quality control coach. Previously, he spent five seasons at Colorado State working with special teams, including the 2012-14 seasons under former Eagle assistant coach Jim McElwain, who is now head coach at Florida.

Before that, Pulver was tight ends coach and special teams assistant for the Eagles in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and two additional years as a student assistant working with the defense. He received his bachelor’s degree from EWU in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in art and history in 2009, and was part of EWU’s national championship team in 2010.

In the 2010 season, he coached honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference tight end Matt Martin, as well as a pair of young freshmen – Zack Gehring and Ryan Seto. That trio combined for 30 catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns as Eastern went on to finish 13-2 and win the NCAA Division I title.

A 2000 graduate of University High School in Spokane, Wash., Pulver redshirted as a defensive tackle at Eastern Oregon University in fall 2000. He returned and coached running backs at University High School from 2001-2002, then spent five years at Montana. He was a student manager for the Grizzlies in 2003, and from 2004-2007 he was a student assistant coach for the offense and special teams. He returned to Spokane and transferred to EWU in 2008.

Pulver was born May 24, 1981. He married Brittany Koehler on July 7, 2017. She was previously an athletic trainer at Colorado State.

Director of Football Operations
Marc Anderson

Marc Anderson, a graduate of Eastern Washington University, enters his second year as director of football operations at Eastern in the 2016-17 school year. He provides administrative support services for head coach Aaron Best and the program.

Most recently, Anderson worked as the graduate operations assistant for EWU Football since December 2015 and continues to work with recruiting and camps. Anderson also assists with roster management, student-athlete grades and coordinating team meals and travel.

He worked as the student operations assistant and video coordinator for EWU Football from January 2014-December 2015 after interning with them for nearly three years. Anderson directed day-to-day video operations and assisted coaches with stats and scouting reports. He coordinated film for all practices and games, and assisted in the coordinating of team travel. He also hired, managed and trained student assistants.

The EWU alum earned a master of arts in English degree in June 2016 and a bachelor of arts and education in English in June 2014.