Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line
2009- Assistant Head Coach
2004-05 New Orleans Saints
1995-2002 Jacksonville Jaguars
2001-02 Defensive Coordinator
Assistant Head Coach
1995-2000 Defensive Line
1986-94 New Orleans Saints
1985 Baltimore Stars
1983-84 Philadelphia Stars
1974-76 Long Beach State
1970-74 Fullerton Community College
1979 Sun Bowl
1980 (1981) Rose Bowl
1981 (1982) Rose Bowl
1982 Aloha Bowl
2009 Poinsettia Bowl
John Pease didn't miss a beat on his return to coaching last year. Pease, lured out of his NFL coaching retirement by Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, adapted quickly to the college game, while adding valuable NFL insight.
As Utah's new assistant head coach and defensive line coach, Pease's philosophy meshed perfectly with the program's longstanding reputation for physical play from the defensive front. He coached two all-conference players in his first year in Koa Misi and Sealver Siliga.
Pease helped develop Misi into a first-team all-conference defensive end and a second-round NFL draft pick of the Miami Dolphins. Siliga, just a sophomore, won honorable mention all-league honors. In addition, Dave Kruger was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com
While Pease had spent nearly two decades in the NFL leading up to his retirement in 2005, he brought a wealth of college experience with him to his new post as well.
Prior to his pro career, he was a 15-year college assistant. Five of those years were spent as the defensive line coach at Washington from 1978-82, during which time the Huskies went 46-13 and played in four bowl games. Washington played in back-to-back Rose Bowls, winning the 1982 game (1981 season). Every senior starter during Pease's tenure with the Huskies went on to play in the NFL.
Pease's successful NFL coaching tenure was split between New Orleans and Jacksonville. He coached in the AFC playoffs eight times - making four appearances with each team - including the 1996 and 1999 AFC Championship games with Jacksonville.
Pease coached in New Orleans for a total of 11 years from 1986-1994 and 2004-05. Between stints as the Saints' defensive line coach, Pease spent eight years in Jacksonville, where he coached the defensive line from 1995-2002. In the 2001 and 2002 seasons, he was also the Jaguars' defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
Before retiring, Pease led all active NFL coaches in career sack production (811). In 1996 and 1999, he coached in the Pro Bowl, and in 2008, he was the defensive coordinator for the West team in the East-West Shrine Game.
Pease joined the NFL ranks after three years coaching the defensive line for the USFL's Philadelphia-Baltimore Stars. The Stars played in the championship game all three years and were the USFL champions in 1984 and 1985.
Pease has coached for the Utes twice before. He was a graduate assistant in the 1968 and 1969 seasons, and in 1977, he coached the Ute linebackers. His other college coaching experience came at Fullerton Community College (1970-74, defensive coordinator and linebackers), Long Beach State (1974-76, linebackers) and Washington (1978-82, defensive line).
San Fernando Valley to Santa Barbara, Calif., and Arizona
Pease played football at Utah from 1963-64, earning letters both years. He was elected as the team's Most Inspirational Player in 1964. Pease came to Utah from Fullerton Community College, where he was a junior college All-America halfback in 1961 and linebacker in 1962. He was inducted into the California Community College Hall of Fame in 1999.
Bachelor's degree in physical education
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Birthdate: Oct. 14, 1943
Family: He and his wife, Chris--also a Utah alum--have residences in Salt Lake City and Jacksonville, Fla. He has two daughters and four grandsons.