Kiesau Tabbed As Broncos WRs Coach
Jan. 18, 2017

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State football head coach Bryan Harsin announced the addition of Eric Kiesau as wide receivers coach, Wednesday.

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.

“Eric Kiesau is someone I have become very familiar with over the years, and I have a lot of respect for what he has accomplished as a football coach,” Harsin said. “He has a great football mind, has worked with outstanding coaches and programs, and has recruited and developed elite players everywhere he has been. His players love playing for him, and I believe he brings a lot to what is already an outstanding staff.”

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.

“I am thrilled to join Coach Harsin and the Bronco family,” Kiesau said. “This is a program that has accomplished a lot over the years, one that many programs throughout the country wish to emulate. The standard here is very high, and I’m excited to be part of that. I look forward to working with our staff and players, and plan on giving everything I have to build on the tradition of Boise State football.”

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 20 years. They have two children, son Blake and daughter Tayler.


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