Boise State football program adds former Washington State assistant as director of player personnel

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State has hired former Washington State tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen as director of player personnel, the school announced Wednesday.

Rasmussen replaces Julius Brown, who took a job as cornerbacks coach at Troy.

The director of player personnel is the on-campus recruiting coordinator. He organizes visits for recruits and their families, oversees the football recruiting and scholarship budgets, helps with camps and academics and represents the football program at campus and community events.

“We think Rich will be a great fit for our program,” coach Chris Petersen said in a press release. “With his experience as a coach and recruiting coordinator, he will be a major asset to our program. He understands what we’re trying to get done, and we look forward to him playing a key role as we continue to grow the program.”

Rasmussen was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator the past four years at Washington State, under former coach Paul Wulff. Rasmussen worked at Eastern Washington for 12 years before that.

Here’s the rest of his bio from the press release:

He began his coaching career at EWU in 1996 as a student assistant coach on defense, then helped with the offensive line in 1997. He coached running backs in 1998 before taking over as tight ends coach in 1999, a position he held through the 2007 season.

Rasmussen also spent time as director of football operations, recruiting coordinator, team travel coordinator and summer camp coordinator at EWU, in addition to his coaching duties.

He coached at Bellarmine Prep and Mt. Tahoma High Schools in Washington prior to joining the Eagles’ staff.

He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from EWU, receiving his bachelor’s of science degree in physical education in 1998, and completing his master’s degree in athletic administration in 2000. He received an associate degree from Tacoma Community College in 1997, and is a 1983 graduate of Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash.

A native of Tacoma, Wash., Rasmussen and his wife Teri have two sons, Josh and Jacob.

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