We are just one day away from the opening of the 2007 Bronco football season. The players, as great as they are, cannot do anything without a coaching staff, which is among the finest in the land.
The famous Boise State coaching staff that led
Boise State to a 13-0 record last
season and #5 ranking now includes a record five former Bronco players. It's an innovative, talented group that works
extremely well together. The Bronco
coaches not only bring some of the most talented student-athletes to Boise, but also some of the
best human beings.
Chris Petersen last year became the only coach since 1900 to win 13 games in
his first season as a Division I football coach.
moving into his second season at the helm of the Bronco program, led Boise State to an undefeated 13-0
season, including a 43-42 overtime win over Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta
Bowl last season.
became the first Boise State coach to earn national
coach of the year honors winning the 2006 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year
The award was
only one of a number of honors Petersen received. He was a finalist for
the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, a semifinalist for the George
Munger Coach of the Year Award and was the Region 4 Coach of the Year by the
American Football Coaches Association. The
perfect season ended with Boise State ranked fifth in the Associated Press Top
25 Poll and sixth in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the highest rankings for the
Broncos in school history.
State's ninth head coach in the 39-year history of Bronco football, Petersen
not only led Boise State to an undefeated 13-0 season and its first ever BCS bowl game, but he also
led the Broncos to their fifth straight Western Athletic Conference title.
guidance of the 42-year old Petersen, Boise State not only met team goals
but his players received national and conference accolades during the drive to
became the school's first Division I first-team All-America pick when SI.com
and CBS Sportsline.com tabbed the sophomore as one of two running backs on
their respective teams. The Sporting News honored Johnson as a
second-team All-America pick, and the Associated Press named Johnson third-team
All-America. Sophomore offensive lineman Ryan Clady
became just the fourth Bronco to earn second-team All-America honors when he
was selected by SI.com.
Clady led a Bronco offense under Petersen that placed six players on the
All-WAC first or second team and finished the season second the nation in
scoring and rushing touchdowns, sixth in rushing and 10th in total offense.
Not to be
outdone, behind Petersen's leadership the Bronco defense sported the WAC
Defensive Player of the Year in Korey Hall
and placed three other players on the WAC first or second team, while finishing
eighth in the nation in rushing defense, 14th in total defense and 20th in
Boise State also led the WAC in
rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, scoring defense and total
defense. On special teams the team was honored with the first-team
All-WAC kicker and second-team All-WAC punter.
four players were picked in the 2007 NFL Draft with Gerald Alexander
going to the Detroit Lions in the second round, Legedu Naanee
to the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round, Hall
to the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round and Derek Schouman
to the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round.
Six other Broncos signed free agent contracts.
national rankings are nothing new to Petersen. As Boise State's offensive coordinator
from 2001-2005, he was twice (2002 and 2004) a finalist for the Broyles Award,
which honors the nation's top assistant coach.
as offensive coordinator Boise State sported one of the most balanced offenses
in the country averaging 41.3 points per game, while also finishing as the
nation's top scoring team twice (2002 and 2003). The Broncos also
finished second (2004), eighth (2005) and 18th (2001) in scoring while Petersen
was running the Broncos offense.
coordinator, Petersen helped Boise State boast one of the most
balanced offenses in the country. The Broncos finished in the top 15 in
total offense four times, including three top10 finishes—first in 2002, fourth
in 2004 and seventh in 2003. The Broncos had four top 20 finishes in
passing during that time, including a high ranking of fifth in 2003. The
Broncos also ranked in the top 25 in the country in rushing in three of the
last four seasons that Petersen served as offensive coordinator, including 14th
in 2004 and 15th in 2005.
developed a pair of Bronco quarterbacks who have ranked among the nation's most
successful and accurate passers. Ryan Dinwiddie (2001-2003) finished as
the NCAA career passing efficiency leader with a rating of 168.19.
Dinwiddie had a career-best 188.18 ranking in 2002 that would have set an NCAA
single-season record if he played in one more game. He also had a 164.69
rating in 2001 and a 163.72 rating in 2003, both good enough for fourth in the
as his quarterback coach, as well as offensive coordinator, Dinwiddie led the
Broncos to a 28-6 record as a starter.
After Dinwiddie left, Petersen helped groom Zabransky into one of the most
successful quarterbacks in college football history. The Bronco
quarterback helped Boise State to three straight
league titles, two undefeated regular seasons and a 32-5 record as a starter,
including a 23-1 record in Western Athletic Conference games.
players at Boise State have received multiple
honors, both nationally and in the WAC, while he was the offensive
coordinator. In five seasons leading the Broncos offense, Petersen had
two players earn national All-America honors (running back Brock Forsey in 2002
and offensive tackle Daryn Colledge in 2004), while 12 Broncos earned
first-team All-WAC honors and two (Dinwiddie in 2003 and Forsey in 2002) were
named WAC Offensive Player of the Year.
coordinator Petersen has seen four of his players drafted into the NFL, with
Colledge picked in the second round in 2005, Forsey selected in the fifth round
in 2002, offensive tackle Matt Hill going in the fifth round in 2001 and tight
end Jeb Putzier picked in the sixth round in 2002.
to Boise State from the University of Oregon, where he joined the
coaching staff in 1995 and immediately helped contribute to a passing attack
that ranked among the nation's elite each of the six seasons he served as wide
receivers coach. Twice during Petersen's stay at Oregon, offensive teams he was
linked to broke the school record for single-season passing yards, and three
times in the same time period the Ducks broke the single-season school record
for most touchdowns.
working at Oregon, Petersen served as the
quarterbacks coach at Portland State University from 1993-1994, helping
the Vikings advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs both seasons.
Petersen guided the quarterbacks at the University of Pittsburgh. That season, the
Panthers established a school record for passing yards and ranked eighth
nationally in total offense and passing. In addition, he contributed to
the development of first-team All-Big East Conference quarterback Alex Van
Pelt, who eclipsed the school's passing yardage totals previously held by Dan
success as a coach can be directly linked to a record-setting career as a
quarterback at his alma mater, UC-Davis. He was named the Northern
California Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior and was the top
rated Division II quarterback in the nation. Petersen received second-team
Kodak Division II All-America honors and still holds the Division II record for
career pass completions at 69.6 percent. Petersen was inducted into the
school's athletic hall of fame in 1993.
his bachelor's degree in Psychology from UC Davis in 1988, Petersen started his
coaching career at Davis, serving as the head freshman coach in 1987-88 and the
receivers coach from 1989-91. Petersen holds a master's degree in
Educational Psychology from UC Davis.
is in his first season as assistant head coach at Boise State and his second as wide
receivers coach. He brings a wealth of experience to the Bronco
offense. Before coming to Boise State, Pease spent 15 seasons
coaching at four different schools in three different conferences, the last 10
as his team's offensive coordinator.
Pease meshed a group of receivers into a productive unit that helped Boise State finish second in the
country in scoring, sixth in passing efficiency and 10th in total offense. Legedu Naanee
was named first-team All-WAC, the first Bronco receiver to earn first-team
all-league honors since 2004. Naanee coupled with fellow seniors Jerard
Rabb and Drisan James
to catch 108 passes for 1,777 yards and 14 touchdowns. Rabb and James
were part of the historic "hook and lateral" play that allowed Boise State to score a last-second
touchdown against Oklahoma that sent the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl into overtime.
season, Naanee was a fifth round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Diego
Chargers and James (Chicago Bears) and Rabb (Dallas Cowboys) signed free agent
the coaching staff at Boise State, Pease spent the last
three seasons (2003-2005) as the offensive coordinator at Baylor University in the Big 12
Conference. While at Baylor, Pease helped the Bears improve and finish
with a 5-6 record last season, the team's best finish since 1995.
Pease served as offensive coordinator at Kentucky in the Southeastern
Conference, where he helped turn the Wildcats into one of the top scoring
offenses in the country. After posting a 2-9 season in Pease's first
year, the Wildcats finished 7-5 and ranked 23rd in scoring offense in
2002. The 7-5 record matched the Wildcats' best record since
future National Football League players Artose Pinner (Detroit Lions) and Jared Lorenzen (New York Giants) during his two seasons at Kentucky. Pinner finished
13th in the nation in rushing in 2002 and Lorenzen was 23rd in pass efficiency
that season, while Derek Abney was 10th in all-purpose rushing in 2002 and 12th
to Division I football as a coordinator, Pease spent 10 seasons at Division
I-AA schools Montana and Northern Arizona, five of those as a
coordinator. Pease served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator
and quarterbacks coach at Northern Arizona University from 1999-2000.
He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Montana from 1996-1998 and was
an offensive assistant coach for the Grizzlies from 1991-1995.
the Grizzlies establish themselves as one of the premier I-AA teams in the
mid-90's when the Grizzlies won the I-AA National Championship in 1995,
finished second in 1996 and advanced to the semifinals in 1994. During
his time coaching at Montana, the Grizzlies finished with 10 or more wins four
times in eight years and while he was offensive coordinator Montana boasted
records of 14-1 (1996), 8-4 (1997) and 8-4 (1998).
Montana led all of I-AA in passing in 1996,
averaging 339.6 yards per game, while leading the Big Sky in both 1996 and
1998. Under Pease's tutelage as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks
coach, Grizzly quarterback Brian Ah Yat threw a Big Sky record 42 touchdown
passes in 1996.
During his time
at Montana, Pease mentored quarterbacks Dave Dickenson and Ah Yat. Dickenson is first in Big Sky Conference history in
total offense and Ah Yat is 12th. Ah Yat led I-AA in 1996 with an average
of 340.36 yards of total offense per game. Dickenson was the 1995 Walter
Payton Award winner and was an AP All-American in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Ah
Yat was a Walter Payton Award finalist and was an All-American in 1996 and
1998. Dickenson and Ah Yat combined to win five Big Sky MVP awards.
from Mountain Home High School in 1983. He
played at Walla Walla Community College from 1983-1984 and then
played at Montana from 1985-1986.
Pease ranks ninth at Montana in both single season
and career passing. He graduated from Montana in 1990 with a degree
in health and human performance emphasis in social sciences
is in his seventh season as a member of the Bronco football staff and his
second as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The 30-year-old
Harsin is one of the top young coaches in the country and one of the youngest
offensive coordinators in Division I football.
as tight ends coach from 2002-05, Harsin was promoted to offensive coordinator
was named head coach. Harsin was a graduate assistant in 2001.
first season as offensive coordinator, Boise State finished first in the WAC in
rushing, second in scoring offense and passing efficiency, third in total
offense and fourth in passing offense. The Broncos also were second in
the country in scoring offense, sixth in rushing offense and passing efficiency
and 10th in total offense.
Six Boise State players earned either
first-team or second-team All-WAC honors, with two of those earning All-America
recognition. Running back Ian Johnson
led the country in rushing touchdowns and scoring while finishing second in
rushing and ninth in total offense. Johnson also set a new Boise State single-season rushing
record with 1,713 yards on a school-record 277 carries.
He was named to
four separate All-America teams and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy
voting. He was also a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award and one of
10 "Players to Watch" for the 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
lineman Ryan Clady
earned second-team All-America recognition by SI.com and was a first-team
All-WAC pick along with wide receiver Legedu Naanee
and tight end Derek Schouman.
Quarterback Jared Zabransky
was a second-team All-WAC selection as was offensive guard Jeff Cavender.
Two players on
the Broncos' offense were selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, Naanee in the fifth
round by the San Diego Chargers and Schouman in the seventh round by the
Buffalo Bills, and four others (Drisan James, Jerard Rabb, Brad Lau and
signed free agents contracts with NFL teams.
coached the tight ends they played a vital role in a Bronco offense that led
the country twice and finished in the top 10 in scoring in each of his four
years as tight ends coach. During his tenure as tight ends coach, two
Bronco tight ends earned honorable mention All-WAC honors.
In 2005, four
Bronco tight ends combined to catch 27 passes for 298 yards and three
touchdowns. Schouman finished sixth on the team with 17 catches for 177
yards and a touchdown, while Sherm Blaser
and Ryan Putnam
each caught four passes and Jared Hunter
added two catches.
In 2004, Harsin
helped Bronco tight ends contribute to the top scoring offense in school
history. Tight ends Schouman, Andy Weldon and Blaser combined for 29
catches, 447 yards and three touchdowns. Weldon earned honorable mention
All-WAC honors and Schouman finished fourth on the team with 15 catches despite
missing five games with an injury.
In 2003, Harsin
blended a pair of returnees with three new tight ends, including a pair of
freshmen. The five tight ends combined to catch 41 passes with five
touchdowns. True freshman Schouman made an immediate impact on the team,
catching 17 passes while scoring four touchdowns, including the game winner
against TCU in the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl.
In 2002, Harsin
helped turn a group of tight ends into a cohesive unit that made plenty of big
plays for the Bronco offense. Rocky Atkinson was an honorable mention
selection on the All-WAC team.
Harsin was a
member of the Bronco football team from 1995-1999, earning three varsity
letters during that time. He served as Boise State's No. 2 signal caller
in 1999, when the team went 10-3 and won the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl.
graduating from Boise State in 2000 with a degree
in Business Management, Harsin entered the coaching profession at Eastern Oregon University. During the 2000
season he coached running backs and receivers at the La Grande, Oregon school.
Wilcox's defense was instrumental in helping Boise State to a 13-0 record in his
first season as defensive coordinator and a 43-42 overtime win over Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta
The Broncos led
the Western Athletic Conference in scoring defense, total defense, rushing
defense, pass efficiency defense and pass defense. The Broncos also
ranked second in sacks and third in tackles for loss in the WAC.
Nationally, Boise State was eighth in rushing
defense, 14th in total defense, 20th in scoring defense, 28th in sacks, and
30th in pass efficiency defense.
earned either first-team or second-team All-WAC honors under Wilcox. Linebacker Korey
Hall was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year, defensive tackle Andrew Browning
was a first-team pick while safety Marty Tadman and linebacker Colt Brooks
were second-team all-league selections.
Two members of
the Broncos 2006 defense were selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, Gerald Alexander
in the second round by the Detroit Lions and Hall
in the sixth round by the Green Bay Packers, and three others (Browning, Mike Dominguez and Quinton Jones)
signed free agent contracts with NFL teams.
the duties as the Bronco defensive coordinator, Wilcox spent three seasons at
the University of California as the Golden Bears'
linebackers at Cal from 2003-2005, Wilcox
helped the Golden Bears to three straight bowl games and 26-12 record.
The Bears played in the Insight Bowl in 2003, the Holiday Bowl in 2004 and the
Las Vegas Bowl in 2005.
credited with turning his linebackers into a tight-knit unit that epitomized
the Cal defense's swarm-to-the-ball
philosophy. In 2005 he coached a second-team All-Pac 10 player and two
first-team freshman All-America picks.
In two seasons
as a graduate assistant at Boise State, Wilcox worked with
outside linebackers. He helped Boise State to a victory over No. 8
Fresno State in 2001, the highest ranking of any team Boise State has beaten, and a 12-1
record and a No. 15 national ranking in 2002.
at Oregon from 1995-99, and was a part of four
Duck teams that advanced to bowl games. He played in the 1997 Vegas Bowl,
the 1998 Aloha Bowl and the 1999 Sun Bowl, while redshirting in 1995 when
Oregon played in the Cotton Bowl.
Wilcox was a
safety for three years at Oregon before moving to
cornerback in 1999 as a senior. He
earned second-team All-Pac 10 Conference honors. Wilcox earned his
bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Oregon in 1999.
The Wilcox name
is one very familiar to Bronco football, as Justin's father is former Boise Junior College great Dave
Wilcox. The elder Wilcox played for the Broncos in 1960 and 1961, where
he earned All-America honors before transferring to the University of Oregon. Dave Wilcox went
on to become an All-Pro linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and was later
inducted into the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame and the NFL Pro Football
Hall of Fame as a member of the 2000 class.
Chris Strausser—Run Game
Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach
one-year hiatus, Chris Strausser
returns to Boise State as the team's run game
coordinator and tight ends coach. Strausser spent five seasons at Boise State in the Dan Hawkins era
before accompanying Hawkins to Colorado for one season.
the architect of the modern Boise State line, serving as offensive line coach
at Boise State from 2001-2005, while doubling as assistant head coach from
2003-2005. It was his leadership that
transformed the unit into a cohesive, consistent and highly talented line that
has become one of the best in the nation.
In his five
seasons as offensive line coach for the Broncos, Strausser had four players
earn first-team All-WAC honors, with Daryn Colledge doing it twice.
Colledge earned first-team All-WAC accolades in both 2004 and 2005, Scott Huff
and Rob Vian were named to the all-conference team in 2002, and Matt Hill
earned the honor in 2001. Strausser also had three players earn either second-team or honorable mention honors, with Klayton Adams
being named second-team All-WAC in 2005 and Colledge earning second-team
All-WAC honors in 2003. Tyrone Tutogi was an honorable mention All-WAC selection
that same season. At Colorado, Strausser coached
Brian Daniels who was named an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick.
Strausser's offensive linemen at Boise State were drafted in the
NFL, with Colledge picked in the second round in 2006 by the Green Bay Packers
and Matt Hill drafted in the fifth round in 2002 by the Seattle Seahawks.
Vian singed a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions following the 2002
assistant coach, Strausser has a varied coaching background, one that has seen
him make stops at six different schools in California and the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to
his season at Colorado, where he served as
assistant head coach and offensive line coach, Strausser served as the
offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Portland State University during the 2000
season. His work with the Viking offense played a key role in the team
going 8-3 and advancing to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs for the first time
in school history. It marked his second stop at Portland State, as Strausser also
served as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Vikings
during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. Portland State advanced to the
Division II playoffs in both of those seasons.
stints at Portland State, Strausser spent two
seasons at San Jose State and three years at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. Strausser was at
San Jose State during the 1995 and
1996 seasons, serving as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator
for the Spartans. In 1997, he moved on to Foothill, where he spent three
seasons as the offensive coordinator. While directing the offense at
Foothill, Strausser helped the Owls to back-to-back 10 win seasons in 1998 and
started his coaching career in 1989 as the wide receiver and tight ends coach
at Menlo College in California. During the 1990
and 1991 seasons, he was an assistant coach at Oregon State, where he coached
running backs the first year and offensive tackles and tight ends his second
year with the Beaver program. In 1992, Strausser moved on to Sonoma State, where he continued to
work with the offensive tackles and tight ends, as well as serving as special
A 1989 graduate
of Chico State with a degree in
Physical Education, Strausser earned his master's degree in Education from Oregon State in 1991.
Backs and Special Teams Coach
is in his second season as running backs and special teams coach at Boise State.
In his first
season, three players Choate coached earned All-WAC honors, with Ian Johnson
named as a first-team running back, Anthony Montgomery
as first-team kicker and Kyle Stringer
as second-team punter. In addition, Johnson was named to four separate
All-America teams and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting. He
was also a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award and one of 10 "Players to
Watch" for the 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
Johnson led the
country in rushing touchdowns and scoring while finishing second in rushing and
ninth in total offense. Johnson also set a new Boise State single-season rushing
record with 1,713 yards on a school-record 277 carries. Montgomery tied for 18th in the
country in scoring while finishing third in the WAC. Stringer was ninth
in the nation in punting and first in the WAC, and was signed as a free agent
by the Seattle Seahawks following the season.
the Bronco program after one season as the Eastern Illinois special teams coach.
The Panthers finished the 2005 season first in the Ohio Valley Conference and
22nd in the nation in net punting at 34.3 yards per punt. The Panthers' punter
finished second in the OVC and put 27 of his 69 punts inside the 20, 18 of
those inside the 10. Choate's place kicker at Eastern Illinois was named to the OVC
at Eastern Illinois, Choate spent two seasons as the special teams
coach at Utah State, where the Aggies led
the country in punt returns in 2004. They also ranked 24th in the country in
kickoff returns and were 27th in net punting. Utah State was one of just six
NCAA Division I teams to have three special team units rank among the top
Choate was a
graduate assistant at Utah State and worked with the
defensive line and safeties before becoming the special teams coach.
Choate was head
coach at Post Falls High School from 1997-2001 and also
served as athletic director the final two years. Post Falls advanced to the Idaho state playoffs twice in
1998 and 1999. Before coaching at Post Falls, Choate was the
defensive coordinator at Twin Falls High School in 1996 and was the
head coach at Challis High in 1994-95. Challis had its first winning season in
10 years and first playoff appearance since 1976 during his tenure. He earned
District Six Coach of the Year honors.
is a 1993 graduate of Montana-Western with a degree in Secondary Education,
where he served two seasons as an assistant coach while completing his degree.
Huff—Offensive Line Coach
Hutt is in his second season coaching at his alma mater and his first as the
team's offensive line coach. Huff spent his first season at Boise State tutoring the team's
tight ends. Huff spent the previous two seasons working with the
offensive line as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University under former Boise State coach Dirk Koetter.
In his first
season as a full-time coach, Huff's tight ends were instrumental in Boise State's undefeated, 13-0
season and its 43-42 win in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma. Derek Schouman earned
first-team All-WAC honors, while Boise State's tight ends combined
to catch 36 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns as Boise State finished second in the
country in scoring, sixth in rushing and 10th in total offense. Schouman
was also a seventh round pick in the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
As a player,
Huff started 40 games at center during his four-year career. During that
time he earned first-team All-WAC honors as a senior anchoring an offensive
line that helped Boise State lead the nation in
scoring and total yards. During his career, Boise State won three conference
championships—one in the Western Athletic Conference and two in the Big West
Conference. In 2005 he was named to the Bronco Stadium 35th Anniversary
Team as the team's center.
Huff, a team
captain his senior year at Boise State, was also named first-team All-WAC by
The Sporting News following his junior season and was on both the Rimington and
Lombardi Award watch lists as a senior.
Huff, a native of Phoenix, Ariz.,
earned a Business Administration degree from Boise
State before getting his master's
degree in Secondary Ed-Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona
Pete Kwiatkowski—Defensive Line Coach
is in his second season of his second stint coaching at Boise State, his alma mater, as the
Broncos' defensive line coach.
In his return
to the Broncos last season, Kwiatkowski helped coach Boise State to an undefeated
season, 13-0, and a 43-42 overtime win over Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta
Bowl. Defensive tackle Andrew Browning
earned first-team All-WAC honors, while Boise State led the WAC in rushing
defense, total defense and scoring defense, and finished second in sacks.
The Broncos also ranked eighth nationally in rushing defense, 14th in total
defense, 20th in scoring defense and 28th in sacks.
returning to Boise State, Kwiatkowski spent six
seasons as Montana State's defensive
Under Kwiatkowski, Montana State's defense allowed
a league-best 332.2 yards per game in 2005, while also leading the league in
passing defense, allowing just 165.6 yards per game. The Bobcats were second in
scoring, giving up only 22.8 points per game. The Bobcats also led the Big Sky
in total defense four other times--in 2001 allowing 358.0 yards, in 2002 giving
up 306.8 yards and in 2003 with 298.4 yards per game.
In addition to
leading the Big Sky in pass defense in 2005, the Bobcats also led the league in
pass defense under Kwiatkowski in 2001 with 203.9 yards per game, in 2002 with
194.1 yards per game and in 2003 with 168.7 yards per game. The Bobcats also
finished the 2003 season first in scoring defense, allowing only 16.5 points
as defensive coordinator, Montana State qualified for the I-AA
playoffs in 2002 and 2003. He coached
cornerback Joey Thomas, a third-round pick by Green Bay in 2004, and defensive
tackle John Taylor, a fourth-round pick of the Detroit Lions. Kwiatkowski also coached three Big Sky
Conference defensive MVPs, Boise State's Joe O'Brien in 1994,
Kane Ioane in 2003 and Roger Cooper in 2004.
began his coaching career as an assistant at Boise State, where he coached for
eight seasons (1988-96) under three different head coaches. During his first
stint with the Broncos he coached defensive backs, outside linebackers and the
defensive line at various times. After leaving Boise State, Kwiatkowski moved
to Snow Junior College where he was the defensive co-coordinator and defensive
line coach for one season and then coached at Eastern Washington for two
seasons where he coached Dario Romero, a first-team All-Big Sky pick who went
on to play for the Miami Dolphins.
inducted into the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. He earned
four first-team All-America awards in 1987 and was named the Big Sky
Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. He also received first-team All-Big
Sky honors in 1986 and 1987 and honorable-mention honors in 1985. He received
honorable mention All-America recognition from the Associated Press in 1986.
graduated from Boise State in 1990.
Tuivai—Linebackers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Tuivai is in
his fourth season at Boise State and his second as
linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. He began in Boise working with
linebackers as a graduate assistant for two years and served as director of
football operations for one season. In Tuivai's first season as linebacker
coach, Korey Hall earned WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and Colt
Brooks was named second-team All-WAC. Both Hall and Brooks also won a WAC
Player of the Week honor.
Hall became the
first linebacker drafted in the annual NFL draft since 1987 when he was picked
in the sixth round by the Green Bay Packers in the 2007 NFL Draft.
as a volunteer assistant linebacker coach at UC-Davis in 2002. He was a
two-year starter at weak side linebacker at UC Davis, helping the Aggies to the
NCAA Division II national semifinals in 2000 and 2001. Tuivai played one
year at Mt. San Antonio College (1996) and one year at San Bernardino Valley College (1997), helping both
squads to the Southern Cal Bowl championship each season.
graduated from UC Davis in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Sociology.
is set to begin his fifth season as a coach for his alma mater. He will once again be in charge of the entire
secondary after coaching cornerbacks the previous three seasons. Prior to joining the Bronco coaching staff,
Yates was the assistant secondary coach for Montana State for two years.
safety Marty Tadman
earned second-team All-WAC honors and was named the defensive MVP at the
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Freshman Kyle Wilson
was named an honorable mention Freshman All-America by The Sporting News.
Tadman finished third in the WAC in interceptions and 29th in tackles.
In 2002, Yates
helped lead Montana State to an overall record of
7-5, the school's first Big Sky Conference championship, and its first NCAA
Division 1-AA playoff appearance in 18 years.
In 2003 both of
Yates' starting cornerbacks earned All-WAC recognition. Gabe Franklin was
named to the All-WAC second team, while Julius Brown
was an honorable mention All-WAC choice. Brown was second in the league
in passes defended, while Franklin was fourth.
In 2004, one of
Yates' pupils earned All-WAC honors for the third straight year. After two seasons as a second-team all-league
pick, Gabe Franklin was named first team after leading the WAC in passes
defended. Yates' other corner, Gerald Alexander,
led the WAC in interceptions with five and was fifth in passes defended.
Two years ago,
true freshman Orlando Scandrick
was named to pair of Freshman All-America teams after starting 12 of Boise State's 13 games.
Scandrick finished eighth in the WAC in passes defended while Alexander was sixth.
became the first Bronco defensive back selected in the NFL Draft since 2001
when he was the second round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2007.
Alexander, the 61st overall pick, was the fourth highest Bronco ever picked in
the draft trailing Marcus Koch (30th), David Hughes (31st) and Daryn Colledge
Yates had an
outstanding rookie season for Boise State making 70 tackles in
1996. Yates finished his career with 138 tackles, 89 unassisted.
Following the 1999 season he received the team's Denny Erickson Memorial Award
Yates received his bachelor's degree from Boise
State in Social Science/Public
Affairs in 2000.
Julius Brown—Offensive Graduate Assistant
Bronco star Julius Brown is the offensive graduate assistant at Boise State after spending last
season as the assistant director of football operations. Brown will work with the Bronco wide
spent one season coaching defensive backs at Boise's Capital High School. While at
Capital, Brown helped the Eagles to the state playoffs, while coaching a pair
of current Broncos, Kyle Efaw and Jarrell Root.
Brown, a 2006 graduate of Boise State with a degree in
Business Administration, was a three-year starter and a four-year letterman for
the Broncos playing from 2000-2003. He was a member of Boise State's 2002
and 2003 WAC championship teams and helped the Broncos to wins the 2002
Humanitarian Bowl and the 2003 Fort Worth Bowl. Brown was named an
honorable mention All-WAC selection as a senior after leading the WAC in passes
Anthony Parker—Defensive Graduate Assistant
Parker is in
his first season as the defensive graduate assistant at Boise State after spending two
seasons as a student manager for the Broncos. Parker assisted with the
defensive line while he worked to complete his undergraduate degree. He coached defensive backs and was the
pass-defense coordinator at Del Oro High School in Loomis, California and also was the
defensive backs coach at Rocklin High in California.
Oro team earned a spot in the Sac-Joaquin section championships in 2004. The Eagles led their conference in
interceptions and gave up the fewest points in the league. Parker's pass defense led the entire Sacramento area in interceptions
in 2003 with 20.
opponents to 32.9 yards passing per game and led their league in scoring
four years in the United States Marine Corps, Parker attended Sierra Junior College in Rocklin, Calif., where he played both
defensive back and receiver for the Wolverines.
graduated from Boise State with a degree in Social
Science in 2007.
of Football Operations
Bhonapha is in
his second season as director of football operations at Boise State after playing at Hawai'i, and then serving as a
graduate assistant for the Warriors for three seasons. Bhonapha made 42 tackles, one sack and six
pass breakups his senior year in Hawai'i. Following his graduation from Hawai'i in 2003, he worked with
defensive backs and special teams.