College football coaching staffs will be allowed to have 10 full-time assistant coaches starting next week, and Boise State will fill the opening with the promotion of graduate assistant Spencer Danielson.
Danielson spent last season coaching the Broncos’ STUD ends and will continue to do so. The defensive end/linebacker hybrids posted a huge 2017, with redshirt freshman Curtis Weaver and junior Jabril Frazier combining for 17 sacks.
“Spencer worked hard this last season to help our defense take the next step,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said in a statement. “His hard work did not go unnoticed. He’s going to be a great addition to this tremendous staff, and I love the energy and enthusiasm he brings every single day.”
A former linebacker at Azusa Pacific, he was on the staff at his alma mater from 2013-16, coaching linebackers the final three years and serving as recruiting coordinator in 2016 at the Division II school.
“It’s an honor to be a Bronco,” Danielson said. “I want to thank Coach Harsin for this opportunity to be part of a championship staff and program. This is a blessing for my wife Raechel and I, and I’m excited to get our guys back this weekend and hit the ground running.”
Barring further movement, the staff is currently set, as defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a was hired Thursday. Harsin said last month he was not sure he would hire the 10th assistant right away, but said it likely would be on the defensive side, to even out the assistant dispersion. The offense had five assistants to the defense’s four in Harsin’s first four seasons.
BSU coaching staff
Bryan Harsin - head coach
Zak Hill - offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Andy Avalos - defensive coordinator/linebackers
Kent Riddle - associate head coach/tight ends/special teams
Ashley Ambrose - cornerbacks
Gabe Franklin - safeties
Brad Bedell - offensive line
Eric Kiesau - wide receivers
Lee Marks - running backs
Spencer Danielson - STUD ends
Chad Kauha’aha’a - defensive line