Eric Kiesau
Eric  Kiesau

Hometown:
Pasadena, Calif.

High School:
Glendale HS

Last College:
Portland State

Position:
Wide Receivers

08/11/2017

Eric Kiesau Introduction

Eric Kiesau Introduction

Eric Kiesau is in his second season as a member of the Boise State football coaching staff, hired by head coach Bryan Harsin in January of 2017 to coach the Broncos' wide receivers.

In Kiesau's debut season with the Broncos, wide receiver Cedrick Wilson broke Boise State's single-season receiving record, picking up 1,511 yards -- the second-most in the country in 2017. Wilson was named first-team All-Mountain West and was selected in the fifth round of the National Football League Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Kiesau spent the 2016 season as offensive coordinator at Fresno State, and was the Bulldogs' interim head coach over the final four games of the season.

Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Kiesau served as an analyst for Alabama during a 2015 season that culminated in the Crimson Tide winning the national championship.

Kiesau previously coached wide receivers at Kansas (2014), California (2002-05; 2011), Colorado (2006-08) and Utah State (2001). He also served as the Jayhawks' interim offensive coordinator over the final five games of the 2014 season, served as offensive coordinator for both Washington (2012-13) and the Buffaloes (2009-10) and was the Golden Bears' passing game coordinator in 2011. He began his career as an assistant coach in 2000, working with Utah State's running backs.

Throughout his career, Kiesau has overseen prolific offenses and helped develop national award winners that went on to play in the National Football League. In his debut season as a wide receivers coach, he mentored the national leader in receptions at Utah State (Kevin Curtis, 100).

Between his two stints at California, Kiesau worked with future NFL All-Pro DeSean Jackson and future NFL Rookie of the Year Keenan Allen. He also mentored Marvin Jones, a fifth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Lavelle Hawkins, a fourth-round selection (2008), and Geoff McArthur, who established the Golden Bears' career receptions record (202), a mark that was later broken by Allen.

While with Colorado, Kiesau worked with Scotty McKnight, who concluded his career as the Buffaloes' all-time leader in receptions (219), receiving yards (2,588) and touchdown receptions (22).

As Washington's offensive coordinator, the Huskies produced a John Mackey Award winner (Austin Saferian-Jenkins), given to the nation's top tight end, and an All-American running back (Bishop Sankey) that went on to be the first player drafted at his position. The Washington offense also ranked amongst the nation's elite in both total offense (13th; 499.3 yards per game) and scoring offense (18th; 37.9 points per game).

Originally from Pasadena, Calif., Kiesau graduated from Glendale High School and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in communications from Portland State, where he started at quarterback. He also garnered All-America accolades while playing at Glendale Community College.

Kiesau and his wife, Wendy, have been married for more than 20 years. They have two children, son Blake and daughter Tayler.


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