[Vandal] Brian Reader, Zach Cable Find New Home In Big Sky

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Thu Apr 7 09:49:09 PDT 2022


>From The Lewiston Tribune
Lewiston, Idaho
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Brian Reader, Zach Cable Find New Home In Big Sky

Former Vandal coach, player land on staff at UNC

By Stephan Wiebe

Idaho’s former offensive coordinator and a former player turned NFL assistant have found a new
football home in the Big Sky Conference.

Former offensive coordinator Brian Reader and defensive lineman Zach Cable were added as
assistants to Ed McCaffrey’s staff at Northern Colorado, the school announced Wednesday.

Reader will coach running backs and Cable will coach outside linebackers.

The two will be on the opposing sideline for the first time when the Bears come to the Kibbie
Dome on Oct. 1.

Reader, a former quarterback for the Vandals, spent the past seven years as an assistant on Idaho’s
staff under then-coach Paul Petrino.

He served as offensive coordinator last season. Before that, he worked with the receivers, running
backs and as the director of operations and recruiting coordinator.

As a player, Reader played quarterback for the Vandals from 2009-11. He appeared in 27 games,
passing for 3,343 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Cable joins the Bears from the NFL ranks, where he spent four years with the Oakland/Las Vegas
Raiders. The son of former Idaho coach and longtime NFL coach Tom Cable, Zach Cable worked
with both sides of the ball with the Raiders, most recently working with the linebackers.

A former Idaho captain, Cable played on the defensive line for the Vandals from 2015-17 and
was a part of the team’s 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl win against Colorado State.

Reader is the latest from Petrino’s staff to find a new home.

Here is a rundown of the other former Vandal coaches known to land elsewhere:

Petrino is now the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan of the
Football Bowl Subdivision.

Former Idaho defensive line coach Luther Elliss is the defensive tackles coach for his alma mater,
Utah of the Pac-12 Conference.

Former special teams coordinator Adam Breske is a defensive quality control assistant at
Washington State.

Former nickels coach Ray Clark is the defensive backs coach for Notre Dame College, an NCAA
Division II school.
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