Bray had been a graduate assistant but is no longer eligible to coach in that capacity. He takes the place of tight ends coach Jay Locey, who moves into an administrative position.
Locey is now in the newly created chief of staff position. The tight ends will be coached by a graduate assistant to be named later.
Bray was a standout linebacker at OSU from 2002-05. He spent the 2009-11 seasons as linebackers coach at Arizona State, the last two full time after serving in 2009 as a graduate assistant.
During his playing days, he started 34 of 49 career games at OSU, including 33 straight. He was the 2004 Insight Bowl Defensive MVP after making 10 tackles in the victory over Notre Dame.
Bray was a Pac-10 Conference first-team selection as a senior and second team as a junior. For his career he made 337 tackles, currently sixth in the OSU record book.
“We were very fortunate to have Trent as a graduate assistant last season and he proved what I already knew, that he is a bright young coach who has a tremendous future in our business,” Riley said in a press release. “He is going to continue to have a major impact with the development of our linebackers and will be an outstanding recruiter for the Beavers.”
Locey completed his seventh season as an OSU coach, the last four working with tight ends and the previous three with wide receivers.
His new role includes the responsibilities of prescreening opponents, team-building activities, leadership development, career/job placement opportunities for football players, Varsity “O” Football alumni engagement, fundraising, coordinating incoming athletes into the summer BEST Program (high school to college academic/athletics transition), and high school and community relations.
“I’m very excited to have Jay in this new role,” Riley said. “There is no better person than Jay to fill this crucial role because he has a great football mind, is an excellent communicator and has a genuine ability to connect with people.”
Locey, who officially begins his new role July 1, came to OSU after a successful career at Linfield College in McMinnville. He is one of the most successful coaches in the history of small college football.
The five-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year led the Wildcats to the 2004 NCAA Division III title and in 10 years as the head coach, guided the program to a record of 84-18, including a streak of 41 consecutive wins.