FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Head Northern Arizona Football Coach Jerome Souers announced the hire of Aaron Pflugrad as wide receivers coach on Wednesday. Pflugrad replaces Tim Plough who was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
"It's great to have someone like Aaron join our staff," said Souers. "Aaron brings Pac-12 and professional playing experience with him. I think that mixed with his go get it attitude is just what we need here in Flagstaff. He's going to fit right in on the day-to-day aspects and the recruiting trail. We're happy to have him join our Lumberjack Family."
Pflugrad comes to NAU after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant with Arizona State University. While with the Sun Devils, Pflugrad worked with the wide receivers and helped develop Jaelen Strong into a First Team All-America honoree.
He began his collegiate playing career at the University of Oregon and finished his last two seasons with Arizona State. He was a William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist, two-time All-Pac-12 Academic Team member, Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal of Honor winner, CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District VII honoree, 2011 ASU Male Student-Athlete of the Year, and was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the top wide receiver in college football.
Out of ASU, Pflugrad signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He went on to play in the United Football League with the Omaha Nighthawks for the 2012 season.