Norvell adds three coaches to defensive staff for bowl game

Published: Dec. 24, 2019 at 5:14 PM PST
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As the Nevada football team continues preparations for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Wolf Pack has added three interim coaches on the defensive side.

The interim coaches for the bowl game are Jody Sears, who will be the interim defensive coordinator, along with John Landwehr and Josh Brown, who will assist on the defensive side.

“We’re excited to have these high quality coaches with us as we prepare for a really good Ohio team in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl,” said Nevada coach Jay Norvell. “With the early signing period behind us, our sole purpose is to prepare our players to win the bowl game. We will focus on filling permanent additions to the staff in January.”

Sears is a veteran coach who has extensive experience on the defensive side of the ball as well as two stints as an FCS head coach, most recently at Sacramento State, with two years at Weber State before that. He’s been a defensive coordinator at four schools, including part of a four-year stop at his alma mater, Washington State.

Brown also has length experience as a defensive coach, having served as the defensive coordinator at Cal Poly from 2011-2018. The San Luis Obispo native played two seasons at linebacker at Gavilan College before playing one year at Oklahoma.

Landwehr is no stranger to the Wolf Pack, having served as a graduate assistant on the defensive side for three seasons from 2016-18, including last year’s come-from-behind win in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl over Arkansas State. He spent the 2019 season on the staff at Narbonne High School in Southern California.

Nevada will take a couple days off this week from practice, and return to action later this week before traveling to Boise, Idaho on Sunday for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Kickoff for the game is set for 12:30 p.m. PT on Dec. 3, and Nevada has two-for-one tickets available in the Wolf Pack section, on sale now at

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