Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
It was announced on Wednesday by BroncoSports.com that Bryan Harsin will take over as head coach for the Boise State football team.
While many in Bronco Nation panicked and were sickened by Chris Petersen leaving to take the Washington job, those same fans can take solace in the fact that they got a great replacement.
Without being too dramatic, being the Boise State head coach just seemed to have been Harsin's destiny.
Head Coach Bryan Harsin
Harsin was born in Boise, played football at Capital High School in Boise, played football for Boise State, became a graduate assistant for the Broncos in 2001, was promoted to tight ends coach in 2002, became the offensive coordinator in 2006, and helped to lead the Broncos to a 61-5 record until 2010 when he left to become an offensive coordinator at Texas.
The BroncoSports.com article quoted Harsin about the job, and it is clear that he is very excited to be coming back to Boise. Harsin said:
We're coming home. Kes and I are thrilled about returning to Boise State, it's a special place built by special people. One of the hardest decisions we ever made was leaving Boise. We did that so I could become a better coach, so I could one day have the opportunity to return as head coach, that day has arrived.
Harsin went on to say:
I appreciate the history and tradition of the Boise State program. I embrace that success but won't rest on it. We will build this program every day with a sense of urgency. I can't wait to get to work. Go Broncos!
It sure sounds like Boise State picked the right guy for the job.
Possible Assistant Coaches
The big question for Harsin now is who will his assistant coaches be?
Harsin does have a few former Boise State players on his staff at Arkansas State. It will be interesting to see if they come back to Boise with him.
Hamdan is the current co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Arkansas State. Before that, he was a wide receivers coach at Florida in 2012 and a tight ends coach at Sacramento State in 2010.
Hamdan was a quarterback at Boise State from 2005-2008.
Marks was an outstanding running back at Boise State from 2002-2005. He is currently the assistant director of strength and conditioning at Arkansas State.
Marks served as an assistant speed and strength coach in Colorado before leaving to become a graduate assistant and running backs coach at the University of Sioux Falls. He then became South Dakota State's running backs coach in 2012 before joining Harsin in Arkansas.
Brown is currently the cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas State. He played defensive back for the Broncos from 2000-2003.
Brown started his coaching career at Harsin's former high school, Capital High in Boise. He spent one season coaching defensive backs there before becoming a graduate assistant at Boise State for two seasons. He then became the director of player personnel for the Broncos.
In 2012 Brown became the cornerbacks coach at Troy, but left there to join Harsin in 2013.
Current Assistant Coaches
With the departure of Petersen, no doubt a handful of assistant coaches will join him in Washington. However, there are probably going to be a few who want to remain in Boise.
The list of possible assistant coaches staying in Boise is not limited to these by any means, but these names are the most likely to stay.
Gregory has been serving as an assistant head coach and linebackers coach under Petersen. He is also going to be the head coach for the bowl game.
Harsin will need a defensive coordinator, and Gregory could be that solution.
Strausser has been serving as the associate head coach, offensive line coach and run game coordinator, and he could be a very good addition to the Harsin staff.
Quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith would be a great coach to keep on staff. He did a great job for the Broncos this season among all the injuries and pressure. Players like him, fans like him and he would be a great fit on a Harsin staff.
Another fan favorite, Avalos is the current defensive line coach. He would be a great addition to the new staff.
Huff is the current tight ends coach, fullbacks coach and special teams coordinator. He is a good fit on the Boise State staff.
With so much in transition, this is all just a guessing game right now. The coming weeks will give us a clear picture of what a Bryan Harsin coaching staff will look like at Boise State.