BOISE, Idaho Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen announced Thursday (Feb. 8) that Chris Struasser will return to the Bronco coaching staff as the team’s tight ends coach and run game coordinator. Strausser returns to Boise State after coaching one season at the University of Colorado.
Strausser fills a void created earlier this week when offensive line and assistant head coach Sean Kugler left to take an assistant offensive line coaching position with the Buffalo Bills.
Scott Huff, Boise State’s tight ends coach last season, takes over as the offensive line coach, while wide receivers coach Brent Pease has been promoted to assistant head coach / wide receivers coach for the Broncos.
“We are very happy to have Chris return to Boise State,” Petersen stated. “Chris brings a lot of experience to our program, and he already knows our expectations. We are looking forward to having Chris and his family back in Boise.”
Strausser spent five seasons (2001-2005) as Boise State’s offensive line coach, the last three of which he also served as the Broncos assistant head coach. Strausser left following the 2005 season to go to Colorado with former Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins where he was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach last season.
When asked about returning to Boise State, Strausser stated "Quite honestly, it's just an opportunity for us to get back to where we loved living and where we have family. Boise was a place that we all enjoyed, and it's really about what my wife and I think is best for our family. Not that we didn't enjoy our time in Colorado, and working for Hawk was great. He's going to do a great job here; I should know I've been with him for six years. I'll definitely miss working with this staff; it's as good a staff as I've ever been on. But I am fortunate enough to return to a place that we're very familiar with, which is kind of a rarity in coaching. "
While serving as offensive line coach at Boise State, Strausser had four players earn first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors, including a two-time performer, Daryn Colledge (2004 and 2005). Colledge was also one of two Bronco offensive linemen to be drafted in the NFL Draft while Strausser coached at Boise State.
In addition to Colledge, a second-round draft pick in 2006 by the Green Bay Packers, Matt Hill was selected in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Hill earned first-team All-WAC honors in 2001, while Huff and Rob Vian were first-team All-WAC picks in 2002.
Strausser also had players earn second-team All-WAC accolades twice, Colledge in 2003 and Klayton Adams in 2004, with Tyrone Tutogi an honorable-mention selection in 2003.
Huff, a 2002 graduate of Boise State, spent last season as the Bronco tight ends coach after spending the two previous seasons as a graduate assistant at Arizona State. Under Huff, tight end Derek Schouman was named a first-team All-WAC performer this past year.
Pease, a veteran assistant who has served as offensive coordinator at Montana, Northern Arizona, Kentucky and Baylor, coached wide receivers last season. Legedu Naanee earned first-team all-league recognition under Pease.