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The Boise State connection at Fresno State

The Boise State Football program has had players come and players go, as well as coaches coming and going; taking ‘better’ jobs or opportunities. The list is long, almost too long to cover.

Locally you can start with Timberline High School’s varsity head football coach in Ian Smart. Smart was a member of the 2007 Boise State Football team. Fan favorite Jarrel Root has had his time in coaching football and basketball at Capital High School.

As former players try and make their way up the coaching ranks, many start at the Graduate Assitant level and are mentored as they learn the ins-and-outs of coaching collegiate football.

In December of last year, there were a few coaching changes happening in the Mountain West Conference. The most notable was Fresno State hiring Jeff Tedford, the former Cal head football coach.

Boise State faces Fresno State on Saturday, as well as the following Saturday in the Mountain West Championship. There just happens to be a few familiar faces across the field.


As Tedford took over the reigns in December of 2016, shortly after his first day on the job there was a string of hirings, including former Boise State wide receiver Kirby Moore.

Kirby immediately went into the collegiate coaching rankings as he started at the College of Idaho coaching the wide receivers in 2014. In 2015 he joined coach Chris Petersen and the University of Washington staff as a Graduate Assistant for the offensive side of the ball.

Fast forward to 2016, Kirby has his first Division I coaching job with rival Fresno State.

Another Bronco that is on the Fresno State coaching staff is former running back D.J. Harper who is an Offensive Graduate Assistant for the Bulldogs.

Another former Bronco that may not be that recognizable is the Director of Operations at Fresno is Brian Wilkinson. Wilkinson was with Boise State holding the same position from 2014-15 and followed coach Bryan Harsin from Arkansas State to Boise State.


About Drew Vachal

Drew Vachal

I am the founder and creator of Bronco Nation News. A graduate of Boise State, basketball junkie, a husband and an uncle.


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