Boise State football completes full-time staff with three hires

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin announced three more hires Thursday to complete his full-time staff.

The latest additions are wide receivers coach Junior Adams from Eastern Washington (we reported this Monday), director of player personnel Blake Baker and assistant strength and conditioning coach Lee Marks.

Boise State also has retained assistant athletic director for football Brad Larrondo, offensive graduate assistant Joel Filani and defensive graduate assistant Byron Hout. That leaves two graduate assistant positions open.

“I think we have put together a great staff here at Boise State,” Harsin said in a press release. “They’re all excited, they’re all motivated, and I think we’re drawing from a number of different backgrounds and experiences that are going to benefit our players, and in turn, this program.

“We have guys who have played here and coached here, and they understand what Bronco football is all about. The guys who haven’t been here before, they get it, too. They’ve seen what Boise State has accomplished on the field, and they’re looking forward to getting started and being a part of this as we move forward.”

The full staff (previous schools in parentheses):

Head coach: Bryan Harsin (previously: Arkansas State)
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks: Mike Sanford (Stanford)
Offensive line: Scott Huff (Boise State)
Running backs/special teams/associate head coach: Kent Riddle (Arkansas State)
Tight ends: Eliah Drinkwitz (Arkansas State)
Wide receivers: Junior Adams (Eastern Washington)
Defensive coordinator: Marcel Yates (Texas A&M)
Linebackers: Andy Avalos (Boise State)
Defensive line/assistant head coach: Steve Caldwell (Arkansas State)
Defensive backs: Julius Brown (Arkansas State)
Offensive graduate assistants (two): Joel Filani (Boise State), TBA
Defensive graduate assistants (two): Byron Hout (Boise State), TBA

Support staff
Assistant athletic director for football: Brad Larrondo (Boise State)
Director of football operations: Brian Wilkinson (Arkansas State)
Strength and conditioning coach: Jeff Pitman (Arkansas State)
Assistant strength and conditioning coach: Lee Marks (Arkansas State)
Director of player personnel: Blake Baker (Arkansas State)
Assistant director of player personnel: Antwon Murray (Arkansas State)

Adams spent the past five seasons as the wide receivers coach at Eastern Washington, which reached the playoffs four times and won the 2010 national championship. He coached freshman Cooper Kupp, who led the Football Championship Subdivision in receiving yards last season and earned All-America honors.

Adams played at Oregon State and Montana State.

“Junior has been a big part of the success at Eastern Washington the last several years,” Harsin said. “If you look at what he has been able to accomplish in his young career, he already has a proven track record as a great coach and outstanding recruiter, and we’re excited to be able to bring him to Boise State.”

Baker was the safeties coach under Harsin at Arkansas State last season. He was a defensive graduate assistant the previous three years at Texas, where Harsin was the co-offensive coordinator. Baker played at Tulane.

“I’ve worked with Blake at both Texas and Arkansas State, and I have been extremely impressed with how well he connects with players and their families,” Harsin said. “He’s got a lot of energy, and I’m excited to see him get to work here at Boise State.”

Marks was the assistant strength coach at Arkansas State under Pitman. He also worked for Pitman from 2007 to 2009 at Colorado.

Marks is a former Boise State tailback. He was the offensive MVP in 2005.

“Lee understands what we want to get done in the weight room, and has experience with Coach Pitman in working to bring out the best in our players,” Harsin said. “Lee is excited to be back in Boise, and we are happy to have him here.”

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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