Pees has been at Kent State six seasons. His teams had an overall record of 17-51.
"This was the longest tenure I have had at any one institution and it was a really difficult decision to leave a place we call home," Pees said Wednesday. "At the same time, I feel this is a great opportunity with a great organization and it will give me a chance to grow professionally."
Pees was in college coaching for nearly a quarter-century.
Prior to Kent State, he was defensive coordinator at Michigan State and Toledo and an assistant coach with Navy and Notre Dame.