The Boise State football team has found its new wide receivers coach, one that has extensive experience around the West, and even at Alabama.
A source confirmed a Tuesday morning report by Football Scoop that the Broncos will hire Eric Kiesau, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator, and for the final four games, the interim head coach at Fresno State after Tim DeRuyter was fired. Kiesau replaces Junior Adams, who was officially named offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky earlier this month.
Kiesau also coached at Utah State, Cal, Colorado, Washington and Kansas, plus had a one-year stint in 2015 as an “offensive analyst” at Alabama under Nick Saban.
“I’m really excited to be able to get someone of his caliber,” DeRuyter said when Kiesau was hired. “He’s a guy that has coordinated offenses in the Pac-12, in the Big 12. This past year he installed the (up-tempo) system at Alabama, was instrumental in them doing that, and I think the fact that Coach Saban hired him to do it speaks highly of how well he is regarded.”
Last season, Kiesau had been a candidate for Boise State’s offensive coordinator vacancy, but had been at Fresno State only two weeks at the time. The Broncos wound up hiring Zak Hill as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, who had spent the previous seven seasons at Eastern Washington before a six-week stint as Hawaii’s offensive coordinator.
Barring any staff movement, Kiesau is expected to be hired solely as receivers coach. Adams also had the title of passing game coordinator. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said earlier this month he could mix up titles and responsibilities, saying “I’m kind of re-evaluating everything. I didn’t look at it as ‘receiver coach leaves, receiver coach added.’”
At Colorado, Kiesau was on staff with former Boise State coach Dan Hawkins and current Boise State assistants Andy Avalos, Kent Riddle, Ashley Ambrose and Lee Marks. With the Buffaloes, he oversaw the development of receiver Scotty McKnight, who ended his career in 2010 as the school’s all-time leader in receptions and touchdown receptions.
Among the big names Kiesau coached at various stops were tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Bishop Sankey at Washington, Keenan Allen and DeSean Jackson at Cal, and in his first season as a receivers coach saw Utah State’s Kevin Curtis haul in 100 catches in 2001.
“We know he puts in a lot of hours, and his personality off the field is the same,” said former Cal receiver Marvin Jones, now with the Detroit Lions, in 2011. “I know it’s taken him a long way in having that personality. That is who coach Kiesau is. That is a guy that you want to work for.”
THE ERIC KIESAU FILE
Born: Nov. 24, 1972 in Pasadena Calif.
Playing career: Glendale (Calif.) Community College, 1991-92; Portland State 1993-95
Family: wife, Wendy, children Tayler and Blake
2016: Fresno State offensive coordinator/interim head coach
2015: Alabama offensive analyst
2014: Kansas receivers coach/interim offensive coordinator
2012-13: Washington offensive coordinator
2011: Cal receivers coach/passing game coordinator
2009-10: Colorado offensive coordinator
2006-08: Colorado receivers coach
2002-05: Cal receivers coach
2001: Utah State receivers coach
2000: Utah State running backs coach
Kiesau spent his first four years post-college working in the business world, coaching part-time at a high school in 1998 and at Glendale CC in 1999. He was the “teamwork coordinator” at Oregon for four months in 2000 before going to Utah State.