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Via Oregon State athletics press release:
Trent Bray Names Four To Coaching Staff
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State football head coach Trent Bray has announced the first four assistant coaches to his staff for the 2024 season. Bray has retained Kefense Hynson and Anthony Perkins while bringing Ryan Gunderson and Kyle DeVan back to Corvallis.
Gunderson comes to Oregon State from UCLA, and will serve as the Beavers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. DeVan rejoins his alma mater as OSU’s offensive line coach.
Hynson, who is serving as Oregon State’s interim head coach at the Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl, will remain as OSU’s wide receivers coach while serving as passing game coordinator. Perkins, meanwhile, will also remain as the team’s cornerbacks coach.
“I’m excited to be able to announce that Kefense and Anthony are remaining a part of our coaching staff while being able to bring in a pair of alums in Ryan and Kyle who know what it means to wear the Orange and Black,” Bray said. “Coaches Hynson and Perkins have been integral part of our successes on both sides of the ball. Coaches Gunderson and DeVan are experienced and well-respected and will make an impact on the offensive side of the ball. They add a familiarity with Oregon State and the West Coast.”
The appointments are contingent on the completion of all university hiring processes.
Gunderson spent the past three seasons as UCLA’s quarterbacks coach. He guided Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who set the Bruins’ single-season record for completion percentage at .696, which ranked sixth in the nation in 2022. Thompson-Robinson completed his UCLA career as the all-time leader in total offense (12,536), completions (860), touchdown passes (88), passing yards (10,710) and quarterback starts (48). He was later drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Gunderson has also worked as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at San Jose State from 2017-20, where he was a Broyles Award nominee after his third season in the Bay Area. A quarterback for the Beavers from 2003-07, Gunderson worked as a graduate assistant at OSU in 2008 and 2009. He moved to Oregon State’s player personnel department in 2010, and was promoted to the director of player personnel in 2014.
DeVan, an OSU alum and NFL veteran, comes back to Corvallis after one season at Charlotte. The 49ers averaged 145 rushing yards per game this past season. He served as an associate head coach and run game coordinator in addition to being Charlotte’s offensive line coach.
DeVan was the offensive line coach at Colorado in 2002, and was an offensive analyst at Michigan in 2021. Prior to that season, he was the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator at Arizona for two seasons. DeVan was also the offensive line coach – and for the last two seasons the assistant head coach – at Ball State from 2016-18. The Cardinals ran for their most rushing yards since 1978 in his first season. DeVan was an offensive graduate assistant at Oregon State in 2013, just after starting in 25 games for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11. He started at right guard in Super Bowl XLIV.
DeVan was a two-time Rimington Award nominee for the Beavers, and led OSU to bowl victories in the 2004 Insight Bowl, 2006 Sun Bowl and 2007 Emerald Bowl.
Hynson has been with the Beavers since 2018, where he has coached one of the team’s strongest units. OSU’s wide receivers have been named All-Pac-12 five times during his tenure, while four Beavers – Isaiah Hodgins, Trevon Bradford, Tre’Shaun Harrison and Anthony Gould – have all found themselves in OSU’s top 35 all-time for career receiving yards. Currently, Gould and Silas Bolden have combined for 2,408 yards in their collegiate careers.
Hynson came to Corvallis from Hawai’i, where he was the team’s wide receivers coach for two seasons. He’s also served as the offensive coordinator for three years at Yale and two seasons at Western Washington. Hynson has also coached at Norfolk State, Montana, Minnesota-Mankato and Willamette.
Perkins is in his second season with the Beavers after joining the program from Colorado State. OSU, in his first season in Corvallis, led the Pac-12 with 71 pass breakups a year ago, while two of his cornerbacks – Alex Austin and Rejzohn Wright – combined for four interceptions and 19 passes defended. This season, Oregon State ranks third in the league with 61 passes defended, 12 of which have been interceptions.
Perkins has also coached at Colorado State, Ohio and Indiana State in the college ranks, and for two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. He also oversaw cornerbacks at Colorado State and Ohio and was in charge of the team’s secondary at Indiana State.