Mike Riley shuffles staff

Oregon State coach Mike Riley has made room on his staff for graduate assistant Trent Bray as linebackers coach by moving Jay Locey from tight ends coach to an administrative position.

Bray, who had coached linebackers as a GA, is a former Beavers standout at the position from 2002-05. He started 34 games and was first-team All-Pac-12 as a senior and second-team as a junior. He previously coached linebackers at Arizona State.

Locey becomes Riley's "chief of staff," while tight ends will be coached by a new GA.

From the news release from Oregon State:

Locey just completed his seventh season as a coach, the last four with the position responsibility for tight ends and the previous three with the Beaver wide receivers. His new role includes the responsibilities of prescreening of opponents, team building activities, leadership development, career/job placement opportunities for OSU football student-athletes, Varsity “O” Football alumni engagement, fundraising, coordinating incoming football student-athletes into the summer BEST Program (high school to college academic/athletics transition), and high school and community relations.

“I’m very excited to have Jay in this new role,” Riley said. “There is no better person than Jay to fill this crucial role because he has a great football mind, is an excellent communicator and has a genuine ability to connect with people.”

Locey, who officially begins his new role July 1 pending final approval by the university’s administration, came to OSU after a tremendously successful career at Linfield College in nearby McMinnville. He is one of the most successful coaches in the history of small college football. The five-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year led the Wildcats to the 2004 NCAA Division III title and in 10 years as the head coach, guided the program to a record of 84-18, including a streak of 41 consecutive wins.

The Beavers return a strong pair of outside linebackers next fall -- junior D.J. Alexander and senior Michael Doctor -- but also lose middle linebacker Feti Taumoepeau and top backup Rueben Robinson.