Offensive coordinator/assistant head coach/tight ends Steve Axman
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Ten years ago Steve Axman and Robb Akey had a coordinator/head coach relationship. In 2007, they do again – only this time with the roles reversed. At Northern Arizona University from 1996-98, Akey served as the defensive coordinator under Axman. When Akey, with his extensive defensive background, was hired as Idaho’s head coach, he knew exactly who he wanted to have calling the shots on offense.

"He has been through the situation that I’ve put myself into as a head coach," Akey said. "So I’ve got a sounding board in someone who has been through the same situation, and I think that will help out tremendously in regards to being the head football coach and in building the program the way that we want it."

At the many stops Axman has made throughout his coaching career, he has met with success. Throughout his journey, he has coached many big-time names – Troy Aikman at UCLA and Marques Tuiasosopo at Washington. He’s shared his expertise in the form of a dozen books on offensive coaching.

Akey values the experience that Axman brings to the Vandals.

"I like being able to bring experience to this staff," Akey said. "He has coordinated at the highest level, he has been in the Pac 10, the ACC, and he has put a number of quarterbacks into the NFL. Troy Aikman played for him at UCLA, so he has a long list of success in different spots."

Axman’s most recent success came at Montana, where he coached the quarterbacks for the 12-2 Grizzlies.

Together once again, Akey is eager to start the season with Axman. The team has certainly worked before. While at NAU, the tandem put together the first team in school history to make it to the Division I-AA playoffs, and a No. 6 ranking in the season’s final poll. Akey attributes that success at NAU to Axman’s offense.

"Everywhere he has been it has been a productive offense and he has been the reason for that," Akey said.

Not only, Akey said, has his former mentor been successful, he’s put some exciting and explosive offenses on the field.

"He coaches the style of offense that I want to play here," Akey said. "It’s going to be an exciting offense that we can take advantage of being in the Dome."

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