Former Oregon State football player Tavita Thompson was named a graduate assistant for the fall, coach Mike Riley announced Thursday.
Thompson, who played OT and lettered with the Beavers from 2005-08, will assist the offense. He started 13 games and was a member for four winning bowl teams.
“We are very fortunate to be able to get Tavita this late in the year to be part of our staff,” Riley said in a press release. “Tavita has shown a great interest in coaching and this will be a natural position for him as he continues his career path. He’s an outstanding addition to our program.”
Thompson takes the place of Kyle DeVan, who recently signed with a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.
He’ll join three former OSU players who are GAs: Alan Darlin, Mitch Meeuwsen and Trent Bray, who is the LB coach.
Thompson was the DL coach for Pacific Universtiy in 2011. He played one season in the United Football League in Sacramento, Calif. and in the preseason with the New York Jets in 2009.