New coach Harsin adds more blue to his Boise State football staff

Boise State still needs awide receivers coach and a director of player personnel.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comDecember 31, 2013 

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Boise State's new head coach Bryan Harsin smiles while taking questions from the media during his introduction in the Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery at Bronco Stadium. Friday December 13 2013

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New Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin continued the homecoming trend to his hires Monday by announcing the addition of four more staffers, including three who played for the Broncos.

Harsin has announced 11 hires so far. Including him, the staff features eight former Boise State players and one former Boise State assistant. Most of the ex-players have worked at Boise State previously, too.

The latest additions:

• Eliah Drinkwitz, tight ends: He 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 year. 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."

• Julius Brown, defensive backs: Brown played cornerback at Boise State from 1999-03. He was an offensive graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2007-08 and the director of player personnel from 2009-11. 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 built his career coaching defensive backs. Former Boise State coach Chris Petersen formed a similar arrangement with defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski and up-and-coming defensive line coach Andy Avalos the past two years.

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

• Jeff Pitman, head strength and conditioning coach: Pitman, who played at Boise State from 1988-92, was the head strength and conditioning coach at the school from 2000-06. 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.

• Antwon Murray, assistant director of player personnel (a non-coaching position): Murray played cornerback at Boise State from 2007-11. 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."

2014 BOISE STATE FOOTBALL STAFF

Coaches

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)

PETERSEN ADDS FAMILIAR FACES

New Washington football coach Chris Petersen announced the hiring of eight assistants Monday. Washington also announced assistant Tosh Lupoi has been "reassigned to other duties within the athletic department," less than two weeks after the NCAA began an investigation into allegations that Lupoi paid for a recruit's tutoring classes.

2014 WASHINGTON FOOTBALL STAFF

Coaches

Head coach: Chris Petersen (previously: Boise State)

Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks: Jonathan Smith (Boise State)

Offensive line: Chris Strausser (Boise State)

Running backs/recruiting coordinator: Keith Bhonapha (Boise State)

Tight ends: TBA

Wide receivers: Brent Pease (Florida)

Defensive coordinator: Pete Kwiatkowski (Boise State)

Linebackers/assistant head coach: Bob Gregory (Boise State)

Defensive line/special teams coordinator: Jeff Choate (Florida)

Defensive backs: Jimmy Lake (Boise State)

WILCOX HEADS TO USC

Southern California added defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo and offensive line coach Tim Drevno to new coach Steve Sarkisian's staff on Monday night.

USC also confirmed that Clay Helton will stay with the Trojans as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Wilcox was Sarkisian's defensive coordinator at Washington for the past two seasons. The former Oregon defensive back has been a defensive coordinator at three schools over the last eight seasons, including four years at Boise State.

USC didn't have to pay the $1 million buyout of Wilcox's contract after the coach and the Huskies signed a mutual termination agreement, according to the Seattle Times. Wilcox wasn't offered a job on new Washington coach Chris Petersen's staff.

Tuiasosopo was the Huskies' quarterbacks coach last season before leading them to a Fight Hunger Bowl victory over BYU last weekend as Sarkisian's interim replacement. The former UCLA assistant and Oakland Raiders quarterback is leaving his alma mater, where he set Washington's career total offense record from 1997-2000.

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