BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University football head coach Chris Petersen announced the hiring of Andy Avalos as defensive line coach, Wednesday.
Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski will continue to assist in the coaching of the Broncos' defensive line.
"It's always nice when you have an opportunity to have an individual who played for us in the past return as a coach," Petersen commented. "He knows what we are all about at Boise State and will do an excellent job of relating to the players. Andy was an outstanding individual and we are excited to have him back on the Bronco sidelines. "
A four-year letterwinner for the Broncos from 2001-04, Avalos earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors at outside linebacker in each of his final two seasons. He completed his career ranked fourth all-time with 365 tackles, and led the Broncos in the statistical category in each of his final three seasons.
Avalos spent the 2011 season as linebackers coach at Sacramento State. Under Avalos's tutelage, sophomore Todd Davis led the Hornets with 96 tackles en route to honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors.
From 2009-10, Avalos coached the defensive line at Nebraska Kearney. In his first season the Loper defense led NCAA Division II with 47 sacks, including 29.5 from the defensive line. Nebraska Kearney also led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in points allowed (18.1), and had two student-athletes earn all-region accolades. In 2010, the Lopers' Mason Brodine set the UNK career sacks record.
Prior to Nebraska Kearney, Avalos was the defensive graduate assistant at Colorado for three seasons under former Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins, where he coached outside linebackers.
A native of Corona, Calif., Avalos graduated from Corona High School, where he returned following his playing career to coach linebackers in 2005.
Avalos earned a degree in criminal justice at Boise State in 2004, and completed his master's in education at Colorado in 2008.
Andy and his wife Summer were married in July of 2010.