Idaho assistants Patrick Libey and Mike Anderson resign

Idaho assistants Patrick Libey and Mike Anderson resign

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]daho coach Paul Petrino wrapped up his first spring practice last week, and now, just days later, he must replace a pair of assistant coaches.

Paul Petrino's staff is down to just two defensive assistants.

Paul Petrino’s staff is down to just two defensive assistants.

Defensive line coach Patrick Libey and linebackers coach Mike Anderson, both former Vandal players with ties to the previous coaching staff, resigned over weekend to “pursue other opportunities.”

Libey was a holdover from Robb Akey’s staff, and had been a Vandals assistant since 2007. He had moved to defensive line coach under Petrino after working with the safeties and special teams previously.

He told Petrino he was leaving on Sunday, according to a source.

“I want to thank the University of Idaho and the football program for everything they have done for me,” Libey said in a statement. “It has been an enjoyable career but it is time now for me to pursue other opportunities.”

Petrino hired Anderson in December. He had spent the previous four years at Washington as a strength and conditioning assistant and the defensive support staff. He played linebacker at Idaho from 2002-05 and was a graduate assistant on Akey’s staff in 2008.

Anderson is leaving to join a startup company in Lewiston, Idaho, his hometown.

“It was a difficult decision – especially since I was at my alma mater,” he said. “I was approached by some investors and decided it was a great opportunity within a market that is untapped.”

“I want to thank Coach Petrino for the opportunity and wish him and the Vandals the best of luck.”

With the departures, Petrino’s staff has just two defensive assistants – Ronnie Lee, who serves as defensive coordinator and secondary coach, and cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens.

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