The lush surroundings of Hawaii, apparently, didn’t suit Alex Gerke.
After just one year with the Warriors, Gerke is returning to Utah — this time as the offensive line coach at Utah State.
Gerke is no stranger to Utah, of course. He played for Ron McBride at Utah in the early 80s and coached at the U with McBride and later at Weber State with his mentor.
Now, he’ll join new USU coach Gary Andersen in Logan.
“I have an afinity for the state of Utah,” Gerke said by phone Saturday night. “I love it there.”
At USU Gerke will be reunited with Andersen — who coached the defensive line while the two were at Utah together — as well as a trio of former Weber State coaches.
“I’m excited,” Gerke said. “I think Utah State is ready to do some reall good things. I’m excited to be a part of it.”