BOISE, Idaho — Boise State has officially introduced Andy Avalos as their 11th head football coach of the Broncos in a press conference on Sunday afternoon.
Avalos becomes the second Boise State graduate to be named head coach and he is the first Hispanic head coach in Boise State history.
Andy Avalos is a former all-conference linebacker and defensive coordinator at Boise State, now he makes his triumphant return to the blue.
“It’s a humbling opportunity to come back home," said Avalos. “To this university that we belong to, the brotherhood and to this community we are excited to represent you guys with class and integrity.”
The hiring of Andy Avalos also marks the first move of new athletic director Jeremiah Dickey who has been on the job for less than a week.
“He fits this school and he fits what we are trying to accomplish," said Dickey.
If you go on social media Bronco Nation has spoken out with overwhelming support for Avalos and President Tromp hired Dickey in a timely manner so Boise State could address their new head coaching vacancy after Bryan Harsin left to take the head coaching position at Auburn.
“We seek leaders who drive forward our tradition of innovation, our blue-collar work ethic and excellence," said Dr. Marlene Tromp.
Avalos bleeds blue and he says he looks forward to making his mark at Boise State and molding student-athletes for success on the field, in the classroom and in life.
“Once a Bronco, always a bronco you have to be in this brotherhood to understand what that means," said Avalos. " I told the players they are my brothers too.”
Fox Sports reported that Avalos signed a five-year deal worth around $1.5 million a year, and locally B.J. Rains of the Idaho Press was the first one to break the news of Boise State hiring Avalos.