Washington State Makes Five New Additions to Coaching Staff

Washington State Head Coach Jake Dickert on Monday announced the official addition of four new coaches and a chief of staff. While most were already known, this announcement formalizes everything. Mark Atuaia, Joel Filani, Pete Kaligis, Clay McGuire and Brent Vernon are the ones announced to officially join (or join) the soccer program.

Mark Atuaia, who is taking on the running backs coach role, comes to Pullman after serving on the Virginia coaching staff for the past six seasons. Prior to his stay in Charlottesville, he spent three seasons at BYU under Bronco Mendenhall.

He also has an Electric family who seem very excited to come to Palouse and join the Coug family. Atuaia tweeted this video on Monday afternoon.

Pete Kaligis will reunite with Dickert after spending the past 13 years in Wyoming. He will assume the role of assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach. He worked on the offensive side of the ball from 2009 to 2014, when he switched to the defensive side of the ball and coached the defensive line.

Prior to his stint at Laramie, he was an offensive line coach in Montana and a strength and conditioning coach in Washington. His first coaching job came in Western Washington working with the ends tight. Kaligis comes to the program as one of the most experienced coaches on staff having worked with tons of different job groups during his tenure as a coach.

Two familiar faces will return to Pullman next season with receiver coach Joel Filani and offensive line coach Clay McGuire. Filani returns to Pullman after spending the last three years at Texan technology as the coach of the outside receivers. He began his coaching career in Washington State under Mike Leach in 2015 as an offensive quality control coach before being hired by North Texas in 2016.

McGuire returns to his offensive line coaching role he had from 2012 to 2017 under Leach. He left Pullman as the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Texas Tech under Kliff Kingsbury where he spent a year. He then joined the Texas State program where he coached the offensive line for two years. Last season he was the offensive line coach at USC.

Brent Vernon was the only non-assistant to be officially announced on Monday. He will assume the role of Chief of the Football Staff after spending the past 13 years in Wyoming. While in Wyoming, he served as Executive Assistant to Head Coach, Director of Recruitment, Deputy Director of Football Operations and Associate AD for Football Operations.



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