OGDEN — Weber State announced the dismissal of football coach Jody Sears early Tuesday morning after consecutive two-win seasons.
The Wildcats should look towards South Jordan for his replacement. When the position last opened, Bingham’s Dave Peck petitioned strongly for the job, and he’s likely to do the same again.
Peck is the perfect fit for the program after proving he’s capable of remodeling. Before his arrival in 2000, Bingham went 145-161 from 1969-99, and hadn’t won a state championship in 60 years. In only 14 seasons, Peck has guided the Miners to a 142-35 record with four state titles in 2006, ‘09, ‘10, and recently in 2013.
During that time span he’s garnered nine 10-win seasons including eight out of the last nine, and twice he’s been selected to coach the West Team in the US Marines and US Army All-American Bowls.
Additionally, Peck is already surrounded by assistant coaches with years of college and NFL experience including offensive line coach, Keith Chatelain, who studied under SPARQ trainer Tom Shaw for eight years.
Dipping into the high school ranks isn’t frowned upon like it once was. Baylor’s Art Briles and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn both made the leap from preps to major collegiate football after successful careers.
Peck’s transition to the Big Sky is infinitely smaller than the two aforementioned coaches. He’s a graduate of Southern Utah, where he lettered four years, and keeps in contact with the program. He understands the FCS system, and that’s where Weber State has drastically failed recently.
The Wildcats haven’t pursued Utah’s borderline D-1 athletes effectively. Peck is highly regarded across the high school landscape, and he’s developed working relationships far outreaching the confines of South Jordan. He’ll continue to recruit high-profile athletes along with players like East’s Preston Curtis, Bingham’s Scott Nichols, and Woods Cross’ Xequille Harry, who aren’t prototypical next-level athletes, but are talented enough to excel in the Big Sky. Peck understands that winning Utah equates to winning football games.
However, Peck’s ability to evoke interest into the program may be his strongest attribute. He’s media and community savvy, and is constantly promoting Bingham’s program into the national spotlight. He’s built an empire of premier facilities by appealing to boosters and selling tickets. That energy has been missed in Ogden.
Weber State needs to seriously evaluate the benefits of hiring Peck. It doesn’t take much — a splash of red to Bingham’s blue — and Peck changes his color to purple.