Kendrick Shaver comes to WSU from Utah State, where, in 2012, he was named Football Scoops Co-Defensive Backs Coach of the Year

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Washington State announced the hire of former Utah State co-defensive coordinator Kendrick Shaver Saturday afternoon.

Shaver, who spent the last seven years at Utah State, will coach the Cougars’ safeties, WSU said in a news release.

“Kendrick Shaver is an outstanding coach that has coached several different positions along the defense in his career,” WSU coach Mike Leach said in a release. “He called the defense at Utah State for the past two years, he brings constant energy to practice, and has the reputation of being a tremendous recruiter.  We are fortunate to have a coach and person of his caliber join our program.”

Shaver comes to WSU from a Utah State program that has been to a school-record six-straight bowl games, and won a Western Athletic Conference championship in 2012.

During Shaver’s time at Utah State, the Aggies’ defense has been at or the near the top of the Mountain West Conference, and among the top third nationally in several categories. In 2013 and 2014, the USU defense ranked seventh and 12th, respectively, in scoring defense

Shaver was named’s Co-Defensive Backs National Coach of the Year in 2012, and has mentored current NFL player Nevin Lawson of Detroit. Under Shaver’s tutelage, two Utah State cornerbacks have been selected in the NFL Draft: Will Davis went to Miami in the third round of the 2013, and Lawson was drafted by Detroit in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

With Shaver’s addition, WSU has filled all its defensive coaching vacancies. However, the Cougars are now in the market for a new running backs coach after news emerged Saturday that Jim Mastro has left to join Mario Cristobal’s staff at Oregon.