Bryan Harsin hired as new head football coach at Boise State

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ESPN reporter Joe Schad reported Wednesday morning that Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin has been hired as Boise State’s new head football coach.

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Harsin was an assistant coach at Boise State from 2002-2010 and spent four seasons as the offensive coordinator under his predecessor, Chris Petersen, who recently left Boise State to take the head coaching position at the University of Washington.

“We are extremely excited in our selection of Bryan Harsin as the next head football coach at Boise State,” Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle said in a release. “Bryan is one of the top young head coaches in college football and we are thrilled to bring him back to Boise to lead the Bronco program. Bryan played a key role in the development of the football program as an assistant for 10 years at Boise State and we look forward to his leadership as we continue the ascension of Bronco football.”

Harsin, a Capitol High School graduate, had a brief stint as the offensive coordinator at the University of Texas before taking over as head coach at Arkansas State. He compiled at 7-5 record at Arkansas State in his lone season there in 2013.

“We’re coming home,” Harsin said in a release. “Kes (Harsin’s wife) 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 helped the Broncos finish in the top-25 in the nation in total offense and scoring offense.

“I appreciate the history and tradition of the Boise State program,” Harsin said in a release. “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!”


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