By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
At least two of Chris Petersen’s nine full-time assistant coaches will stay at Boise State, the school announced Tuesday.
Scott Huff, who has been on staff since 2006, will stay as the offensive line coach. Huff was the tight ends coach in 2006, the offensive line coach from 2007 to 2009, the tight ends coach from 2010 to 2011 and the tight ends/special teams coach from 2012 to 2013. He played center at Boise State, ending in 2002.
Andy Avalos, who joined the staff as defensive line coach in 2012, will stay in a capacity to be determined. Avalos played linebacker at Boise State through 2004.
“I’m very excited to be able to retain two Broncos in Scott Huff and Andy Avalos,” first-year coach Bryan Harsin said in a press release. “Both are quality coaches and people, and excellent recruiters. I think it’s important we continue the tradition of the program, and each has played a key role in the past for Boise State – both as a coach and a player. I’m also excited to get Coach Huff back with the position he played for Boise State.
“Both Coach Huff and Coach Avalos had excellent playing careers, and they bring great passion and energy to the program.”
Kent Riddle will join the Broncos’ staff as special teams coach, the Idaho Statesman reported Monday. Riddle, who was at Arkansas State with Harsin in 2013, coached Boise State’s special teams from 2001 to 2005. Riddle’s hiring has not been announced by Boise State.
The Huff/Avalos announcement does not necessarily mean that no other coaches will be retained. At least four have accepted jobs at Washington — running backs coach Keith Bhonapha, defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake, offensive line coach Chris Strausser and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.