TCU hires ex-Boise State coach Avalos as DC

  • Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Senior Citizen WriterDec 11, 2023, 11:55 AM ET


    • College football reporter.
    • Signed up with in 2008.
    • Graduate of Northwestern University.TCU acted rapidly in filling

    its protective coordinator vacancy, announcing Monday that it employed previous Boise State coach Andy Avalos to lead the unit.Avalos, the former defensive organizer at Oregon and Boise

    State, was fired last month at Boise State, his alma mater. He went 22-14 with the Broncos, and made Mountain West Coach of the Year honors in 2022 when the team won 10 games and reached the league national championship. After Avalos ‘dismissal, Boise State went on to win the Mountain West this fall under interim coach Spencer Danielson, who then rose to the irreversible role.TCU on Sunday fired protective coordinator Joe Gillespie following a 5-7 season in which the defense was up to 78th nationally in points enabled and 100th in yards allowed.Avalos helped Oregon win two Pac-12 champions under coach Mario Cristobal and in 2019 was a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. In 2019, Oregon completed ninth nationally in points allowed and 13th against the run.Earlier Monday, Avalos released a declaration through KTVB congratulating Boise State players and coaches for winning the Mountain West, and revealing his thankfulness to fans.I talked with previous #BoiseState head coach Andy Avalos last night.He didn’t wish to serve as a distraction, so he delayed putting out a declaration, but he had this to say to his former players, coaches and Bronco Country:”We are forever thankful for each of you.

    “- @AABroncoHC!.?.!— Jay Tust( @KTVBSportsGuy)December 11, 2023

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