Bryan Harsin
Bryan  Harsin

Boise, Idaho

High School:
Capital HS

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Boise State


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Bryan Harsin, a former Boise State quarterback, assistant coach and offensive coordinator, is entering his fifth season as the head coach at his alma mater. Harsin boasts a record of 42-12 at Boise State, an average of more than 10 wins per season. Overall, he is 49-17 as a head coach – including one season at Arkansas State – and has led his programs to bowl games in each season as a head coach.

In his debut season Harsin led his alma mater back to where it rose to national prominence. Boise State went 12-2 in 2014, winning its first outright Mountain West Championship and capping the campaign with a 38-30 victory over Arizona in the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.

The victory in the Fiesta Bowl was the third such win for the Broncos in the previous nine seasons. Harsin, serving as offensive coordinator in the first two Fiesta Bowl victories, has been a part of each of the school’s three appearances in the game.

The team’s victory in the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship marked Boise State’s first outright league title since joining the conference in 2011, and the first overall since 2009. The only alumnus to lead the Broncos as head coach in the history of Boise State, Harsin has now won a conference championship as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach.

Boise State captured another MW title in 2017, Harsin’s second in four seasons, capping the championship year with a 38-28 victory over Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Broncos concluded the year at 11-3 overall and ranked No. 22 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls.

The Broncos have been ranked in the top 25 in each of Harsin’s four seasons, climbing as high as No. 13 in each poll in 2016, Boise State’s highest ranking since finishing eighth and sixth in the AP and Coaches Polls, respectively, in 2011.

In 2015, the Broncos went 9-4, climbing as high as No. 20 in both the AP and Coaches Polls. Boise State capped the 2015 campaign with a 55-7 victory over Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, the fifth-largest margin of victory in the history of bowl games. In 2016, Harsin guided the Broncos to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

The Broncos’ four-consecutive bowl appearances under Harsin runs the school’s streak to 16, tied for the nation’s sixth-longest streak.

For his efforts in 2014, Harsin was named a finalist for the Paul “Bear Bryant” National Coach of the Year Award, the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award and the Dodd Trophy, given annually by the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Foundation. He was also named the nation’s top first-year head coach by the Football Writers Association of America. Harsin was a candidate for the Dodd Trophy in each of his first three seasons at Boise State, and in 2016 Harsin was once again named to the watch list for the Bryant Award.

In addition to rejoining the national rankings, the Broncos’ offense also returned the nation’s elite under Harsin’s guidance. Boise State concluded the 2014 season ranked ninth nationally in scoring offense (39.7) and 14th nationally in total offense (494.3). The team concluded the 2015 season ranked 15th nationally in both scoring offense (39.1) and total offense (501.5), and at the conclusion of 2016, ranked 21st nationally in total offense (472.8).

Harsin was named head coach, Dec. 11, 2013. A graduate of Capital High School in Boise, he played quarterback for the Broncos from 1995-99. Following his graduation from Boise State with a degree in business management, Harsin coached running backs and receivers at Eastern Oregon in 2000.

The former Bronco letterwinner began his coaching career at Boise State as a graduate assistant in 2001, before taking over the tight ends as a full-time assistant coach from 2002-05. When Chris Petersen was hired as head coach in 2006, Harsin assumed the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Harsin was Petersen’s offensive coordinator for five of his eight seasons as head coach (2006-10), and was named a finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award, awarded annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. Boise State went 61-5 during his tenure as offensive coordinator.

With Harsin on staff, Boise State has won 10 conference championships.

Following the 2010 season, Harsin went to Texas, where he served as co-offensive coordinator from 2011-12. While with the Longhorns, Harsin helped guide the ascension of an offense that ranked 88th in scoring prior to his arrival, to No. 24 nationally in 2012 (36.1).

Harsin then earned his first head coaching opportunity at Arkansas State in 2013, which claimed a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship and a berth in the Bowl that season.

Harsin and his wife Kes have two daughters, Devyn Lynn and Dayn Mykena, and a son, Davis.

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