McBath spent the 2017 season working on the defensive side of the ball, specifically with Alex Grinch and the defensive backs.

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Darcel McBath, who last season served as Washington State’s defensive quality control assistant, has been elevated to assistant coach, head coach Mike Leach announced Tuesday.

McBath’s promotion comes on the same day NCAA programs are permitted to hire a 10th assistant.

McBath, who played for Leach at Texas Tech from 2004-08, spent the 2017 season working on the defensive side of the ball, specifically with Alex Grinch and the defensive backs. His role going forward has yet to be determined, but he will work in the secondary.

Leach filled Grinch’s spot by hiring ex-Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys as WSU’s new defensive coordinator.

In 2017, the Cougar defense led the Pac-12 and was ninth nationally in passing yards allowed, finished seventh in pass-efficiency defense and allowed just 11 touchdown passes, fifth-fewest nationally.

Prior to beginning his coaching career, McBath spent five seasons in the NFL. A second-round selection by Denver in the 2009 NFL draft, McBath spent two seasons in Denver, one in Jacksonville and two in San Francisco. His career totals included 52 games, making 45 tackles with two interceptions. He played in Super Bowl XLVII with the 49ers.

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• In Western Hockey League action Tuesday night, the Seattle Thunderbirds (20-14-4-2) lost to visiting Portland, 2-2 (3-2) in an overtime shootout, in front of 5,020 at ShoWare Center in Kent. Sami Moilanen scored Seattle’s first goal of the game, his 17th of the season, but was blocked in the shootout on the deciding attempt.

• The Thunderbirds traded center Elijah Brown to the Medicine Hat Tigers for a second-round pick in the 2018 Bantam Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 draft. This season, Brown had one goal and four assists.