Kent Riddle is entering his ninth season as a member of the Boise State football coaching staff, and his fourth as associate head coach and special teams coordinator since returning with head coach Bryan Harsin in 2014. Riddle, who coached alongside Harsin as a Bronco assistant from 2001-05, is overseeing Boise State's tight ends for the third year after coaching the running backs in 2014.
Riddle, who has more than two decades of experience as an assistant, previously coached tight ends at Colorado (2006-10), North Texas (2011-12) and Arkansas State (2013).
Riddle's tutelage has produced a number of All-Mountain West selections, both at tight end and running back, and on special teams.
In 2015, Tyler Rausa, in his first season as the Broncos' No. 1 kicker, earned a spot on the conference's first team and was named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top kicker. Rausa set the Boise State single-season mark with 25 field goals and his 134 points established the Mountain West benchmark for scoring by a kicker.
In 2016, punter Sean Wale led the Mountain West and ranked seventh nationally in punting average (45.0), earning second-team all-league honors. The average is the second best in school history and helped Boise State rank 19th in the country in net punting (40.0). The Broncos’ special teams blocked three kicks, tied for 23rd nationally and tied for the most by Boise State in the last five seasons.
Tight end Jake Roh hauled in 33 catches for 357 yards and a touchdown in 2015, earning a spot on the All-Mountain West Second Team and pacing a Bronco tight ends corps that accounted for 53 catches, 651 yards and five touchdowns.
Riddle’s tight ends also contributed to a passing attack that ranked 15th nationally in yardage (298.3) this past season, and helped block for running back Jeremy McNichols, who ranked second nationally in total touchdowns (27) and ranked sixth nationally in rushing yards (1,709). Boise State ranked 21st in the country in total offense (472.8).
In his first season back with the Broncos (2014), while working with Boise State’s running backs, Riddle oversaw one of the greatest single-season performances – at any position – in school history. Jay Ajayi set single-season records in rushing yards (1,823), rushing touchdowns (28), carries (347) and all-purpose yards (2,358), while becoming the first player in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,800 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in the same season. Ajayi picked up All-America accolades from seven different outlets, while being named a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award and first-team All-Mountain West.
Under Riddle’s guidance, Boise State’s running backs helped contribute to an offense that ranked ninth nationally in scoring (39.7) and 14th nationally in total yards (494.3). Boise State concluded the season at 12-2 overall, winning the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship and the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.
Prior to returning to Boise State for a second stint, Riddle spent the 2013 season at Arkansas State, working under Harsin as assistant head coach, tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.
During his previous Bronco tenure, Boise State was one of the most accurate kicking units in the country, converting 96.8 percent of PATs (330-of-341) and 73.1 of field goal attempts (68-of-93).
The Broncos also finished ranked in the top 25 nationally in kickoff returns each season, and Boise State's punt return units accomplished the same feat in each of his final four seasons.
Former Bronco place kicker Tyler Jones was named an All-American in 2005 under Riddle, and was one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award that season.
As running backs coach, Boise State produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his first three seasons, including two from Brock Forsey and one from David Mikell. Forsey was named Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2002, rushing for 1,611 yards and a national-best 26 touchdowns.
Following his stint with Boise State, Riddle coached at Colorado from 2006-10, where he coached tight ends and special teams. With the Buffaloes, Riddle coached two All-Americans, including kicker Mason Crosby and punter Matt DiLallo.
He then spent two seasons coaching tight ends and special teams at North Texas (2011-12), where he oversaw the efforts of two all-conference performers. Brelan Chancellor became the first North Texas player to record more than 1,000 kickoff return yards in a season (1,094), and punter Will Atterberry was named all-league in both 2011 and 2012.
Prior to joining the Broncos in 2001, Riddle was an assistant coach at Army for six seasons, coaching fullbacks from 1995-98, and then coaching special teams and serving as recruiting coordinator from 1999-2000.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Oregon State, his alma mater, from 1993-94. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Riddle earned his bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management in 1992 following his playing career as a quarterback for former head coach Dave Kragthorpe.
He and his wife Camaren have two children, Connor and Kayleigh.
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