Former Idaho quarterback Scott Linehan opens his third season as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Linehan is a 14-year veteran of the coaching profession with his most recent stop at the University of Washington where he spent five seasons.
In his first season with U of L, Linehan saw Chris Redman complete a stellar career as the NCAA's all-time leader in passes attempted and completed while finishing No. 3 on the NCAA all-time yardage charts. Redman also earned Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
The 2000 campaign saw sophomore signalcaller Dave Ragone pick up where Redman left off claiming the league's offensive player of the year award as well. Ragone passed for better than 2,600 yards and tossed 27 touchdown passes in his first season as a starter.
The 38-year old Linehan was the Huskies' offensive coordinator over the previous three seasons along with added duties as wide receivers coach from 1994-97 and quarterbacks in 1998. The Huskies advanced to four bowl games in his five seasons at Washington.
Linehan's ties to Smith run back to their days at Idaho where Linehan lettered as a quarterback from 1982-86.
Linehan later served two stints as a member of Smith's Idaho staffs as wide receivers coach (1988-90) and offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach (1992-93).
In his two seasons as offensive coordinator at Idaho, Linehan helped guided the Vandals to a combined 20-6 record while leading the nation in scoring (47.5 points per game) and total offense (532 yards per game) in 1993.
A 1986 graduate of Idaho, Linehan spent the 1991 season at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas as the Rebels' quarterback coach before returning to his alma mater.
As a player, Linehan led the Dennis Erickson-coached Vandals to a Big Sky Championship in 1985 and three consecutive I-AA playoff appearances in 1984, '85 and '86.
Linehan complied a 32-16 record as a starter while completing 547 of 947 passes for 7,018 yards as a Vandal.
Following his collegiate career, Linehan signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys before a shoulder injury ended his playing career.
As a quarterbacks coach, Linehan tutored former Idaho standout Doug Nussmeier to I-AA Player of the Year honors and, more recently, coached NFL backup Brock Huard at Washington.
Born Sept. 17, 1963, Linehan is married to the former Kristen Browitt. They are the parents of three sons - Matthew (6), Michael (4) and Marcus (1).