|Previous College:||Washington State '91|
|Position:||Def. Coord./Def. Ends|
Jody Sears, a graduate of Washington State University and former college teammate of Eagle head coach Paul Wulff, returned to the Inland Northwest in the 2003 season to take over as EWU's defensive coordinator. He is coaching defensive ends this year after coaching safeties three seasons and linebackers in his first season in the program. Although his 2006 defense struggled at times, it also recorded the school's first shutout in 215 games with a 34-0 whitewashing of league newcomer Northern Colorado. Eastern's 2005 defense finished 15th nationally in pass efficiency defense (103.3) after spending most of the year in the top five. The Eagles were 45th in scoring defense (23.4) in 2005 and his defense in 2004 set a school record with nine sacks against Weber State. After just a few short months on the job, he helped implement a new defense in 2003 that received further adjustments in the off-season. Eastern began the 2003 season by allowing just 24 points in its first two games in a 19-9 loss to San Diego State and an 8-5 win over Idaho. Prior to coming to Cheney, Sears was an assistant coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He served three years on the Black Knight staff, including the 2001 and 2002 season as cornerbacks coach. In 2000, during his rookie year with Army, he assisted with the defensive line. A 1991 graduate of Washington State University, Sears lettered twice for the Cougars as a walk-on wide receiver. Like Wulff, he played under head coaches Jim Walden, Dennis Erickson and Mike Price during his tenure with the Cougars. After seeing limited field duty during the early portion of his Cougar career, Sears lettered his final two years and finished with 11 career receptions for 118 yards. Sears also served as the holder for All-America placekicker Jason Hansen on field goal and extra point attempts as a senior. Following a brief coaching stint on the high school level, Sears served as a graduate assistant at Iowa State University, where he helped coach defensive backs and wide receivers from 1994 through 1996. He received his master's degree at Iowa State in 1996. Sears coached at St. Ambrose University in 1998, assuming responsibilities as the defensive coordinator for the Fighting Bees. Former EWU offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach - also a Cougar teammate of Wulff and Sears and now quarterbacks coach at WSU - joined Sears at St. Ambrose in 1999. They were both hired by Todd Sturdy, who is now EWU's offensive coordinator. Sears was born Oct. 21, 1967, and turns 40 the day after Eastern plays at Brigham Young. He is formerly from Pullman, Wash., and graduated from Pullman High School in 1986. He and his wife Molly have five children, Weston (17), Hannah Jo (5), J.T. (4), Kylee Ann (2) and Charlie Ray, who was born on April 22, 2006.