Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Player Profile

Position:
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Paul Chryst is in his fourth year as the offensive coordinator for head coach Mike Riley at Oregon State University. Chryst has actually been on Riley's staff for six of the last seven years and for a total of eight seasons.

Under the guidance of Chryst, the 2003 Beaver offense ranked 10th in the nation and first in the Pac-10 Conference for total offense (463.0 per game), and first in the league for passing offense (328.1). The unit also produced the second-best scoring offense in the conference (33.31), the league's top ranked rusher (Steven Jackson - 118.9 yards per game), the top-ranked player for total offense (QB, Derek Anderson -- 302.5), and the number two receiver in the conference (James Newson - 108.8). All those individuals also ranked among the nation's elite.

Chryst's first stint in Corvallis came during the 1997 season when he joined Riley at Oregon State. He inherited a daunting task of totally revamping an offense that had featured the wishbone attack for six years. He helped his first Beaver team to a modest three victories before his 1998 offense averaged 26 points per game as the Beavers posted five victories, the program's most since 1971, losing three games by a combined nine points.

The '98 Beaver offense produced the fifth-best passing attack in the Pac-10 (256.1 yards p/g) and unveiled future Beaver career rushing leader Ken Simonton, who went on to finish fourth in the conference with a 93.5 yards per game average.

The former Wisconsin Badger left Corvallis with Riley for a chance to coach in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers. Chryst held the role of tight ends coach with the Chargers and was credited for the development of Freddie Jones, the team's offensive player of the year after catching a team-high 71 passes for 766 yards and five touchdowns.

Chryst remained with the Chargers for three seasons before returning to his alma mater for the 2002 season. He again coached the tight ends and helped the Badgers to the Alamo Bowl title with a 31-28 overtime victory over Colorado.

Chryst first joined Riley with the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991 coaching two seasons before the league disbanded its North American operations.

Chryst began his coaching career at West Virginia University as a graduate assistant in 1989. He earned his master's degree in educational administration while with the Mountaineers in 1990. The 1989 team participated in the Gator Bowl.

His first full-time appointment was with San Antonio. He later coached at Wisconsin-Platteville, Ottawa (CFL), Illinois State, and Saskatchewan (CFL), all on the offensive side of the ball.

Chryst holds a bachelor's degree in political science (1988) from Wisconsin, where he lettered three years on the football team. He is a graduate of Platteville High School in Wisconsin, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was an all-state quarterback in 1983, leading Platteville to the state title.

Paul and his wife, Robin, have three children, Katryn, Mikayla and Danny.

CHRYST PROFILE Assignment: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks College: Wisconsin '88 Born: Madison, Wisconsin Year at OSU: 4th

Previous Employment West Virginia University, 1989-90 San Antonio (WLAF), 1991-92 Wisconsin-Platteville, 1993 Ottawa (CFL), 1994 Illinois State, 1995 Saskatchewan (CFL), 1996 Oregon State, 1997-98 San Diego (NFL) 1999-2001 Wisconsin, 2002 Oregon State, 2003-present

OSU HIGHLIGHTS 2003 Total Offense (463.0) - 1st in Pac-10/10th in NCAA Rushing Offense (134.9) - 3rd in Pac-10 Scoring Offense (33.3) - 2nd in Pac-10/22nd in NCAA Steven Jackson, TB (118.5) - 1st in Pac-10/10th in NCAA/1st Round NFL Draft pick of St. Louis. Derek Anderson, QB (302.5 total off.) - 1st in Pac-10/9th in NCAA James Newson, WR (108.8) - 2nd in Pac-10/3rd in NCAA Mike Hass, WR (77.9) - 8th in Pac-10 Offense set several Las Vegas Bowl records, including 55 points scored.

1998 Scoring Offense (26.0) - 6th in Pac-10 Pass Offense (256.1) - 5th in Pac-10 4th-Down Conversions (.600) - 1st in Pac-10 Ken Simonton, TB (93.5) - 4th in Pac-10 Greg Ainsworth, WR (5.8 rec. p/g) - 6th in Pac-10 Tim Alexander, WR (144.6 all-purpose yards p/g) - 2nd in Pac-10

Recruiting Area: California (Bay Area)

Rotating image2
all access
all access