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Get to know the Boise State football coaches: Kent Riddle

Note: Beginning today, I’ll repost the profiles I wrote on each of the Boise State football coaches with some additional reporting that didn’t make the stories. The last one will appear on game day.


Associate head coach/special teams/running backs

Age: 44

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Playing career: Quarterback at Oregon State (1987-90). His only playing time came as a true freshman in 1987, when he was 3-for-9 for 38 yards in 18 snaps.

Coaching career: Oregon State offensive graduate assistant (1993-94), Army fullbacks coach (1995-98), Army special teams coach (1999-2000), Boise State special teams and running backs coach (2001-05), Colorado special teams and tight ends coach (2006-10), North Texas special teams and tight ends coach (2011-12), Arkansas State special teams and tight ends coach and assistant head coach (2013)

Education: Bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management from Oregon State (1992)

Family: Wife, Camaren; children Connor (13) and Kayleigh (7)

Did you know? Riddle’s grandfather, Bucky O’Connor, was a men’s basketball coach at Iowa. O’Connor posted a 108-54 record in seven seasons and led the Hawkeyes to the national third-place game in 1955.

Quotable: "It's been something that certainly became part of me. It's something I tremendously enjoy because I get to work with every position group on the team every guy on the team, I'm going to have some interaction with. That's a big deal to me." — Riddle, on special teams

Our profile (Jan. 23)


— Riddle: “It’s an honor and a privilege to be back here. Obviously I had a great five years here earlier. That was easily the most successful stop in my career.”

— Riddle on tailback Jay Ajayi in January: “He’s obviously a special talent. I can’t wait to work with him. Hopefully we can push him to be his best yet.”

— Riddle on arriving at Colorado for the 2006 season, the same year Boise State won its first Fiesta Bowl: “We knew the (Boise State) roster was stocked. The first day we were at Colorado, we said, ‘Boise State has way more talent than these guys and they just played in the Big 12 championship game.’ ”

— Riddle on the Hammer: “That will be a big part of what we do.”

— Riddle on what he learned being away from Boise State: “What you learn as much as anything — it’s something that (former coach Dan Hawkins) used to say here all the time — it’s really the institution that’s the championship institution and it’s the culture that’s instilled in the program. Boise State has it. And we were trying to duplicate that at Colorado. That’s the other thing you learn — you can’t necessarily try to duplicate some things. You can establish some building blocks but every place is unique to itself. Maybe the biggest lesson of all is this is a special place and it’s run by special people.”

— All-American kicker Tyler Jones on Riddle: “He had some good advice and then he also would get out of the way when he needed to. He was good at knowing where he could be of assistance and also when to step back.”

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