Jason Gesser was named Wyoming's new quarterbacks coach in February 2013. He was most recently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Idaho in 2012. He also served as the interim head coach at Idaho for the final four games of the Vandals' 2012 season. Gesser spent two seasons at Idaho, originally joining the Vandals as running backs coach for the 2011 season.
Gesser was an All-America quarterback at Washington State his senior season of 2002, and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting that season. Gesser led Washington State to a 10-3 record in 2002 and a berth in the Rose Bowl versus Oklahoma. Washington State concluded the season ranked 10th in the final Associated Press poll.
He was the first-ever three-time captain in Washington State school history -- elected by his teammates as a captain his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Gesser led the Cougars to back-to-back, 10-win seasons as a junior and senior, marking the first time in school history that had been accomplished. WSU earned bids to the Sun Bowl and Rose Bowl, respectively, in those back-to-back seasons. He achieved First Team All-America, First Team All-Pacific 10 and PAC-10 Offensive Most Valuable Player honors his senior year. Gesser broke numerous Washington State school records, including most career wins by a quarterback.
Following his college playing career, Gesser played in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans from 2003-2005. In 2005 and `06, he played with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. Gesser also spent time playing with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League from 2005-08.
Prior to beginning his college coaching career, Gesser coached high school football in the state of Washington for five years. He began as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Wash., for the 2006 season. He moved to Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, Wash., for two seasons in 2007 and `08 -- once again serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. His final two seasons as a high school coach were spent at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Wash., where he was the head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2009 and `10 seasons.
In 2008, Gesser founded Jason Gesser Elite Sports. He was involved in hosting Nike Northwest Elite Football Camps in 2009, `10 and `11, and also conducted multiple quarterback skill camps in the northwest during that same time period.
"Jason Gesser is a quality young man," said Christensen. "He played at Washington State where he was an All-American and led them to the Rose Bowl. He is a great young coach, who will bring a lot of passion and energy to our offense. He has experience recruiting the Northwest, while at Idaho, which is a huge plus for us as we want to continue to recruit that area of the country."
Born May 30, 1979, Gesser grew up in Honolulu, Hawai'i, where he played his prep football at Saint Louis High School. He and his wife, Kali, have three children: daughter Jordyn and sons Kolten and Kruz. Gesser will recruit the states of Hawai'i, Oregon and Washington.