By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Former Boise State linebacker Andy Avalos has been hired to coach the Broncos’ defensive line, coach Chris Petersen said Wednesday.
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Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, who has been coaching the line since 2006, will remain involved with the line.
Linebackers coach Bob Gregory will add nickels to his responsibilities.
Tight ends coach Scott Huff will coach special teams.
Boise State previously announced the additions of Jimmy Lake (defensive backs) and Jonathan Smith (quarterbacks) to the coaching staff.
The Broncos lost offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brent Pease (Florida), defensive backs coach Marcel Yates (Texas A&M) and special teams/nickels coach Jeff Choate (Washington State).
Here’s what Petersen had to say about the changes:
— “Every year there’s a great chance of that and the guys that stayed, every one of them had job opportunities and that’s the case every single year. When you’re doing the things that we’ve done here, people take note of that and they come after them.”
— On why three coaches left: “The right opportunities. Sometimes it’s just time for guys to take the next step. … Marcel has been here longer than me, as a player and as a coach. And he’s done a great job. I’m really happy for him to be able to take the next step. He’s got a coordinator title, so I think it was time. Brent Pease wanted to get into the fast lane back in that SEC and double his salary. And coach Choate wanted to take a different direction in terms of his focus away from special teams. So all of them make sense. Part of my job is to help guys achieve, not only players, but our coaches, achieve the goals they’re after.”
— On new coaches: “I can’t tell you how good I feel about the guys I’ve got in here. It’s a credit to the administration, to Bronco Nation, to the Coaches Club, to the kind of backing we get to bring in top-notch guys. These are the exact guys that we wanted. I think people would be shocked at the people trying to get in here and trying to get jobs here. Like recruiting, it’s all about the fit.”
— On Avalos, who was at Sacramento State: “We’ve been laying in the weeds waiting to get a chance for an opportunity to get Andy here. It almost happened one other time and it didn’t. As soon as that correct opening happened, I knew we’d get him back here. Andy has been really a special person since we first came across him.”
Avalos played at Boise State from 2000 to 2004. He was an All-WAC first-teamer in 2003 and 2004. He coached linebackers at Sacramento State in 2011. Before that, he was the defensive line coach at Nebraska Kearney (2009-10), a graduate assistant at Colorado (2006-08) and the linebackers coach at Corona (Calif.) High (2005). He is from Corona, Calif.
The current staff:
Chris Petersen, head coach
Robert Prince, offensive coordinator/wide receivers
Chris Strausser, offensive line
Scott Huff, tight ends/special teams
Keith Bhonapha, running backs
Jonathan Smith, quarterbacks
Pete Kwiatkowski, defensive coordinator
Andy Avalos, defensive line
Bob Gregory, linebackers/nickels
Jimmy Lake, defensive backs