Bryan Harsin adds four to Boise State football staff

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

New Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin has added four more assistants from his one-year stint at Arkansas State to his staff at Boise State, the school announced Monday.

Eliah Drinkwitz will be the tight ends coach, Julius Brown will be the defensive backs coach, Jeff Pitman will be the strength and conditioning coach and Antwon Murray will be the assistant director of player personnel.

All but Drinkwitz are former Boise State players.

Drinkwitz was the running backs coach at Arkansas State the past two seasons — his first full-time job at the college level — and served as co-offensive coordinator this season. He replaced Harsin as the play caller about midway through the season.

Drinkwitz was an offensive graduate assistant at Auburn in 2010-11. He was a high school coach before that.

“Eliah is a great, young offensive mind,” Harsin said in a press release. “… He is an outstanding, detailed recruiter and I love his passion and knowledge of the game. He is ahead of his time.”

Brown played cornerback at Boise State from 2000 to 2003. He was an offensive graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2007-08 and the director of player personnel from 2009 to 2011. He coached cornerbacks at Troy in 2012 and Arkansas State in 2013, when he also was the recruiting coordinator.

Brown likely will work closely with defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, who has spent his career coaching defensive backs.

“(Brown) is a phenomenal recruiter and I’m excited about his progress as a coach,” Harsin said.

Pitman, who played at Boise State from 1988 to 1992, was the head strength and conditioning coach at Boise State from 2000 to 2006. He followed coach Dan Hawkins to Colorado, then went to Western Carolina (2010-12) and Arkansas State (2013).

“Jeff has been part of the foundation of who we are today,” Harsin said.

Murray played cornerback at Boise State from 2007 to 2011. He was the director of player personnel at Arkansas State this year.

“Antwon has a tremendous passion for Boise State, and he’s going to do a great job here,” Harsin said. “I know he’s glad to be back at Boise State, and as an up-and-comer in this profession, I know I’m excited to have him as a member of our staff.”

Here is the updated staff list:

Head coach: Bryan Harsin (previously: Arkansas State)
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks: Mike Sanford (Stanford)
Offensive line: Scott Huff (Boise State)
Running backs/special teams: Kent Riddle (Arkansas State)
Tight ends: Eliah Drinkwitz (Arkansas State)
Wide receivers: TBA
Defensive coordinator: Marcel Yates (Texas A&M)
Linebackers: Andy Avalos (Boise State)
Defensive line: Steve Caldwell (Arkansas State)
Defensive backs: Julius Brown (Arkansas State)

Support staff
Director of football operations: Brian Wilkinson (Arkansas State)
Strength coach: Jeff Pitman (Arkansas State)
Director of player personnel: TBA
Assistant director of player personnel: Antwon Murray (Arkansas State)

Also, Gerald Alexander will join the staff in a capacity that hasn’t been announced — most likely as a defensive graduate assistant.


Meanwhile, Chris Petersen has announced his staff at Washington. Here is a story. It will look pretty familiar.

A couple interesting notes: Jonathan Smith has been named the offensive coordinator (he was the quarterbacks coach at Boise State), Jeff Choate has rejoined Petersen as the special teams coach and Rich Rasmussen has followed Petersen from Boise State as the director of player personnel.

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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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