Andy Buh talks to the media following the Wolf Pack's loss to Louisiana Tech.
Andy Buh returns for his second season as the team's defensive coordinator and his third season overall coaching at his alma mater. In addition to coordinating the defense, Buh will also coach the Wolf Pack's linebacking corps, which returns two starters in James-Michael Johnson (two-time All-WAC) and Brandon Marshall.
In 2010, the Nevada defense made strong strides under the guidance of Buh, who was a two-year starter at linebacker at Nevada in the 1990s and began his coaching career with the Wolf Pack as a graduate assistant (1997-98) and assistant coach (1999).
During the Wolf Pack's WAC Championship season in 2010, the Wolf Pack ranked 54th in the nation in total defense, including a No. 18 national ranking in rushing defense at just 120.29 yards per game allowed. The Pack also ranked 31st nationally in scoring defense (21.43 ppg) and No. 39 in passing efficiency defense at 119.75. the Pack's 2010 unit was highlight by, among others, defensive end Dontay Moch, who was 10th nationally in tackles per game and 43rd in sacks.
Defensively, Nevada was perhaps at its best against Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl as the Pack defense yielded just 185 yards of total offense and grabbed a pair of second-half interceptions to lead the team to the 20-13 victory.
Buh's linebackers excelled in 2010 as Johnson led the team in tackles with 88 while Kevin Grimes was second with 84 stops and Marshall was fifth on the team with 63.
In 14 seasons of collegiate coaching, Buh has worked at four other West Coast schools - including two Pac-10 programs - and tutored a number of players who went on to the NFL.
Prior to this tenure at Nevada, Buh had three successful seasons at Stanford, including the last two as the co-defensive coordinator for the Cardinal. Buh helped guide the Cardinal to continued improvement during his three seasons in Palo Alto. He began his tenure at Stanford in 2007 as the linebackers coach. In 2008, he was promoted by then-coach Jim Harbaugh to co-defensive coordinator for the Cardinal. Stanford had four defensive players earn All Pac-10 recognition in Buh's final season as the Cardinal made their first bowl appearance (Sun Bowl) since 2001.
Buh spent the 2006 season at Fresno State after four successful seasons (2002-05) at San Diego State. During his time with the Aztecs, Buh coached four players who went on to the NFL, including Kirk Morrison, a two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In 2005, Buh had two of his linebackers on national watch lists for the Nagurski and Butkus Awards.
Buh spent two seasons (2000-01) at Cal as a defensive administrative assistant after starting his coaching career at Nevada. He was the Wolf Pack's graduate assistant coach in 1997 and 1998 and was hired as Nevada's defensive backs/special teams coach in 1999.
Buh played at Nevada in 1993 and 1994 and helped the Pack to a Big West championship as a senior in 1994. The Pack went 16-6 during Buh's two seasons in Silver and Blue. He graduated from Nevada with a degree in physical education in 1996.
A native of Escondido, Calif. (Orange Glen HS), Buh played at Palomar College in Southern California, where he helped the team to a share of the 1991 Junior College Grid-Wire national championship as a freshman. He earned juco All-America honors as a sophomore in 1992 before transferring to Nevada. He coached one season at Orange Glen HS before coming back to Nevada as a graduate assistant.
The File on Andy Buh
Born: June 20, 1973
Hometown: Escondido, Calif.
Family: Wife - Kelly, Son - Luke
Bachelor's, Physical Education, Nevada, 1996
2010-: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, Nevada
2008-09: Co-Defensive Coordinator, Stanford
2007: Linebackers, Stanford
2006: Graduate Assistant, Fresno State
2002-05: Linebackers, San Diego State
2000-01: Defensive Administrative Assistant, Cal
1999: Defensive Backs/Special Teams, Nevada
1997-98: Graduate Assistant, Nevada
1996: Assistant Coach, Orange Glen (Calif.) HS
Nevada: Two-year starter at linebacker (1993-94)
Palomar College: Two-year starter at linebacker (1991-92)
Recruiting Area: Texas