Former UW assistant Steve Axman has joined Robb Akey's staff at Idaho.
Here's the release:
Robb Akey went to a long-time friend to serve as offensive coordinator as he puts together his staff at the University of Idaho. Steve Axman, who was Akey's boss when both were at Northern Arizona University in the 1990s, joins the Vandals after spending last season as quarterbacks coach at the University of Montana.
"We had a great relationship working together," Akey said. "He brings a wealth of experience to this staff. Not only has he been an offensive coordinator at the highest level, our offenses at Northern Arizona were tops in the country. He's been able to do that at the Pac 10 and other places he's been."
Axman's mark on the Montana program was no different that it was at any of his previous stops. The Grizzlies were 12-2 overall, ranked first or second in every offensive category among Big Sky teams, and advanced to the Division I-AA semifinals.
"I know what he brings to the table in regards to the offense," Akey said. "He knows what we want to establish here to help us have success in the WAC. It's going to be an exciting offense that we can take advantage of being in the Dome."
In addition to NAU and Montana, Axman, 59, had coaching stops at Washington, UCLA, Minnesota, Maryland, Stanford, Arizona, Illinois, Army and Albany State as well as the Denver Gold of the USFL. Along the way, he coached the likes of UCLA's Troy Aikman, Washington's Marques Tuiasosopo, Maryland's Neal O'Donnell, and Travis Brown and Jeff Lewis of NAU.
"I'm real fired up about the wealth of experience he brings," Akey said. "That's going to be good for all of us. I'm excited to have him be a part of this staff."
Axman is a 1969 graduate of C.W. Post at Greenvale, N.Y. He has masters degrees from Long Island University (1972) and East Stroudsburg State (1974). He and his wife, Dr. Marie Axman, have four daughters – Mary Beth, Jaclyn, Melissa and Kimberly. He is a native of Huntington Station, N.Y.