New Boise State coach hires 2 new coordinators
New Boise State coach Bryan Harsin has convinced top assistants
at Texas A&M and Stanford to come back and coach at their alma
Harsin announced this week that former Broncos player and
assistant Marcel Yates will return to be defensive coordinator. On
the other side of the ball, Harsin tapped former Boise State
quarterback Mike Sanford Jr. to be the offensive coordinator.
Yates played defensive back at Boise State and joined the
coaching staff from 2003 to 2011 before taking the job of
co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M.
”Being able to bring a coach, and person, of high quality like
Marcel to our program is a home run,” Harsin said. ”We worked and
played together at Boise State, and he is one of the sharpest
defensive minds in the country.”
Sanford was a backup through 2004 and has spent the last three
years at Stanford, where he coached receivers and quarterbacks.
This year he served as the team’s recruiting coordinator.
Harsin praised both as savvy coaches and recruiters.
”Mike is a young, bright coach, and having played the
quarterback position at Boise State, he has a great understanding
of what we are trying to do,” Harsin said.
So far, Harsin has officially announced the hiring of four
Harsin accepted the job last week and will take over from his
mentor, Chris Petersen, who is now at Washington after eight highly
successful seasons with the Broncos.
Earlier this week, Harsin added Andy Avalos and Scott Huff to
his staff, coaches also with ties as Boise State players.
Yates played defensive back at Boise State and between 2006 and
2011 coached the Broncos secondary before leaving for Texas
A&M. He built a reputation in Boise for recruiting and grooming
NFL-caliber players, including recent top draft picks like Kyle
Wilson, now with the New York Jets, Jamar Taylor of the Miami
Dolphins and Orlando Scandrick of the Dallas Cowboys.
”It’s an honor for me and my family to come back to Boise
State,” Yates said. ”As excited as I am, I understand I have big
shoes to fill. Coach Petersen and his staff have left Boise State
in a great position, and I am elated about the opportunity to help
continue this success.”
For Sanford, his coaching experience included stops at Western
Kentucky, Yale and UNLV, where he worked for his father, former
head coach Mike Sanford Sr.