By Chadd Cripe
© 2014 Idaho Statesman
Defensive graduate assistant Kyle Ward has left the Boise State football program to take a full-time job at West Mesquite High in Mesquite, Texas, the university confirmed Tuesday.
Ward’s Twitter bio lists him as the recruiting coordinator at West Mesquite.
Ward was in his first year at Boise State. He followed defensive coordinator Marcel Yates from Texas A&M. Ward previously was the defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at West Mesquite in 2011-12.
Boise State players and coaches talked about Ward as an important part of the staff during spring ball. He worked with the defensive backs.
Ward is the second member of coach Bryan Harsin’s first-year staff to leave. Blake Baker, the director of player personnel, became the safeties coach at Louisiana Tech. His job in Boise was a non-coaching position.
The Boise State football program’s contributions to Make-A-Wish made a book titled “Wish Granted” that releases today. The rest of the book is dedicated to pro athletes, but Boise State and former coach Chris Petersen made it for their annual tradition of having a Make-A-Wish coach for a day. Others in the book include Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Ken Griffey Jr., Danica Patrick and the New England Patriots.
Book sales will benefit Make-A-Wish.
“ ‘Wish Granted’ is an incredible collection of stories detailing how a wish becomes a journey for all involved,” Torene Bonner, CEO of Make-A-Wish Idaho, said in a press release. “The Idaho Chapter is very proud to have our amazing community partners the Petersens and Boise State athletics highlighted in the book.”
Seven former Boise State players were given National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society honors. Only Army (12) had more in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Honorees needed to finish their careers with 3.2 GPAs and be key contributors on the field.
Boise State’s honorees were Spencer Gerke, Trevor Harman, Gabe Linehan, Ebo Makinde, Kirby Moore, Matt Paradis and Joe Southwick.