Former standout quarterback Jake Morse has landed the position of defensive graduate assistant at Texas Tech and former offensive lineman and assistant coach Andy Bibb has now moved on to Southwestern College to serve as their assistant offensive line coach.
Morse will work directly with the outside linebackers and will serve under co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith.
He will join former Baker linebacker Matt Brock on the Red Raiders staff, Brock is currently the defensive quality control coach.
"We had just finalized plans to hire Jake in March as our quarterbacks coach when the call came to him from Texas Tech," said Baker head football coach Mike Grossner. "Obviously Matt Brock is doing a tremendous job at Texas Tech and they inquired about any possible other candidates coming down the pipeline. Tech has been on Jake's dream radar while he has mapped out his plans the last couple of years for coaching opportunities.
"I don't think he would have ever imagined coaching outside linebackers in his first go around, but it will be such a great experience for a young guy. He will bring the offensive perspective to the defensive meeting room each day, which can be quite useful in game planning or insight to what the quarterback is thinking on a given play. It's exciting to see two very recent Baker alums coaching in the Big 12."
Morse finished up his career at Baker in the fall, helping lead Baker to its second-straight appearance in the NAIA-FCS Playoffs and a school record 11 wins.
He leaves Baker as the school's second-leading passer and second all-time in total offensive yards.
Morse, was on his way to become the next quarterback coach at his alma mater, but Brock sent him a text a few week's back about an open graduate assistant position. Morse informed he was very interested.
He then went down to Lubbock for an interview with the staff. Two days later the position as defensive graduate assistant was offered to him. He then moved in with Brock and his wife Alyssa for two week's to get settled in and he has been with the team ever since.
Morse played on the offensive side of the ball at quarterback throughout his career at both the University of Kansas and Baker, but he knows football is football and he will relish the opportunity.
"It will be great to see football from another light," said Morse. "I feel I can give a unique perspective to our linebacker core. To begin my career at a school like Texas Tech at any capacity is a dream come true."
Bibb will now join Southwestern College head coach Ken Crandall's staff. Crandall played for Grossner at Fort Hays State, while Grossner was a graduate assistant for the Tigers.
"I'm excited for Andy in his new role as offensive line coach at Southwestern College," Grossner said. "He will do a fine job for coach Crandall and their program. Andy has been a part of our program as a player or coach for eight of the ten years I have been at Baker and has been a big contributing factor to our success. Coach Crandall reached out looking for a good young offensive line coach and we felt it was a good opportunity for Andy professionally."
Morse spent four years as part of the Wildcat family and will look to take all of that knowledge from the field and the classroom with him to Lubbock.
"My experience at Baker really helped me build a foundation for my future," said Morse. "Coach Miguel Regalado helped me learn the game and taught me how to read coverages etc., and Coach Grossner was so great and taught me how to be a leader.
"I want to thank Baker for everything they did for me, it was the best four years of my life. I couldn't have asked for better professors, coaches or teammates."