Five days after the departure of eight-year head coach Chris Petersen, Boise State announced the hire of their newest football coach on Dec 11, 2013, Bryan Harsin.
Harsin comes to Boise State after a one-year stint as head coach at Arkansas State, where he went 7-5 in his debut season and led the Red Wolves to a tie for the Sun Belt conference championship.
Harsin, a Capitol High School graduate, played quarterback for the Broncos from 1995-1999.
Harsin served as an member of the coaching staff for the Broncos from 2001-2010 and was the offensive coordinator from 2006-2010. In his stint as offensive coordinator, the Broncos posted two perfect seasons in 2006 and 2009 and capped them off with BCS bowl wins in 2007 and 2010.
“We’re coming home,” Harsin said in a statement. “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.”