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.