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Idaho names Adam Breske inside linebackers coach, replacing former Eastern Washington defensive coordinator John Graham

UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Idaho football has hired Adam Breske, the son of Vandals defensive coordinator Mike Breske, as its inside linebackers coach – the program announced Tuesday.

He replaces John Graham, who formerly was Eastern Washington’s defensive coordinator for seven years. After leaving EWU for a non-coaching career move for two years, Graham got back into football and joined the Vandals in March. His son, Ty Graham, is a junior linebacker, and Graham cited that as an incentive to join the Idaho staff.

“I think Ty is even more excited than I am. Being able to do this is something we’ve both dreamed about for a long time,” Graham told the Spokesman-Review.

He coached the Vandals through spring football but left soon afterwards for personal reasons. Idaho coach Paul Petrino says “I support John 100 percent. Family always comes first.”

Adam Breske comes to Idaho from Sioux Falls, where he coached linebackers and special teams. He has coached college football 13 years. He was at USF in 2006 when the Cougars won the NAIA championship with a 14-0 season. Breske also coached at South Dakota from 2007-15 and spent part of that tenure as the Coyotes defensive coordinator. Breske was the defensive line coach at Missouri Valley College in 2016 before returning to USF the following season.

He began his coaching career at Central High School in his hometown of Greeley, Colorado.

In addition to coaching inside linebackers at Idaho, Breske will help out with special teams.

Fall practice starts Aug. 3, and Idaho opens the season Sept. 1 at Fresno State. It will be the Vandals’ first game since returning to the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision and the Big Sky Conference.


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