BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen has made two announcements today (Jan. 10) regarding the future of Bronco football.
(One) - Petersen has announced he is staying at Boise State to continue directing the football program, and (Two) -- that he has brought his coaching staff back to full strength with the announcement that Brent Pease will return as the Broncos' offensive coordinator and quarterback coach while Robert Prince will also return to coach the wide receivers and serve as the pass game coordinator."I can't express enough how happy we are to have two outstanding coaches back on our staff," Petersen commented. "Brent (Pease) has played an important role in our success the past five years and having him take over the direction of the offense is a major plus as we move forward at Boise State.
"Robert (Prince) and I worked closely together 10 years ago in helping lay the foundation of the program and I feel fortunate to have him back on staff. He is an outstanding coach who I'm sure will be able to inject several new ideas into our offensive game plan."
Pease had served as Boise State's wide receiver coach the past five seasons before taking the offensive coordinator/quarterback position at Indiana University on Dec. 30, 2010. The opportunity for Pease to return to Boise State after a two-week absence came when Bryan Harsin accepted the position of co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach at the University of Texas this past Friday (Jan. 7).
Harsin had been on the Boise State coaching staff the past 10 years, including the past five seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterback coach.
A graduate of the University of Montana (1990), Pease has played an integral part in Boise State's success the past five years. He has helped the Broncos post an overall record of 61-5 (the best in college football), capture four Western Athletic Conference Championships and win two Tostitos Fiesta Bowls. His receivers have won multiple first-team All-WAC awards and broke just about every receiving record in Boise State history.
"I'm very honored and fortunate to be able to return to Boise State," Pease said. "While I was very much looking forward to the opportunity at Indiana, the knowledge and relationships I have with the players, coaches and administration at Boise State made it a very logical choice for me and my family."
Before first coming to Boise State in 2006, Pease served as the offensive coordinator/quarterback coach at Baylor University (2003-05), the University of Kentucky (2001-02), Northern Arizona University (1999-00) and at his alma mater of Montana (1991-98). (While at Montana he also spent different seasons coaching running backs and wide receivers.)
Prince coached wide receivers for former Bronco head coach Dan Hawkins from 2001-02, and was Boise State's passing game coordinator in 2003 before moving to coach in the National Football League. During his first coaching stint at Boise State Prince helped the Broncos to back-to-back WAC titles in 2002 and 2003, as well as post-season victories over Iowa State University (34-16) in the 2002 Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl and TCU (34-31) in the 2003 PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl.
In the NFL, Prince was the offensive assistant for tight ends and running backs in 2004 and 2005 for the Atlanta Falcons, before becoming the assistant quarterback coach for the Falcons in 2006. He then spent two seasons (2007-08) as the assistant receiver coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, before becoming the receiver's coach for the Seattle Seahawks in 2009. This past season he was the pass game coordinator and receiver coach at the University of Colorado.
"It's great to be back at Boise State and working again with Coach Petersen," Prince stated. "Having closely followed the team's success since I left Boise and I'm very excited about the opportunity to coach the Broncos again. I've known Coach Pete a long time and our philosophies are a lot alike. It's a natural fit for me."
Prior to first joining the Bronco staff in 2001, Prince coached at Portland State University where he was the receivers coach in 1998 and the offensive coordinator/quarterback coach for the Vikings in 1999 and 2000. He has also been the offensive coordinator/quarterback coach in the Japanese X-League (1996-97) and at Fort Lewis (Colo.) College (1994-95), and as the wide receivers' coach at Sacramento State in 1992-93.
Prince has served three different minority training camp internships in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers (2000 and 2002) and the San Diego Chargers (2001). He has also served as a graduate assistant coach at Montana State University in 1991 and at Humboldt State (Calif.) University in 1989 and 1990.
He is a graduate of Humboldt State earning his bachelor's degree in 1990, and his master's degrees in 1992.