Harsin makes three more hires to complete staff

Harsin makes three more hires to complete staff

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Harsin makes three more hires to complete staff

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 8:09 PM

BOISE -- Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin finalized his staff when he announced the addition of three more assistants on Thursday.

Harsin hired Junior Adams as wide receivers coach, Blake Baker as director of player personnel and Lee Marks as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

“I think we have put together a great staff here at Boise State,” Harsin said. “They’re all excited, they’re all motivated, and I think we’re drawing from a number of different backgrounds and experiences that are going to benefit our players, and in turn, this program."
 
Adams comes to Boise from Cheney, Washington, where he spent the last five seasons as a wide receivers coach at Eastern Washington.

Adams coached up freshman wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who led the national in receiving yards with 1,691 in 2013. As a result, Kupp became just the second wide receiver since 1990 to be named to the FCS All-American First Team as a freshman.

In addition, both Nicholas Edwards and Greg Herd recorded 1,000-yard seasons under Adams' tutelage in 2011, after he helped Brandon Kauffman to an FCS record 1,850 yards receiving in 2010.

“Junior has been a big part of the success at Eastern Washington the last several years,” Harsin said. “If you look at what he has been able to accomplish in his young career, he already has a proven track record as a great coach and outstanding recruiter, and we’re excited to be able to bring him to Boise State.”

Baker joins the Broncos after spending the 2013 season with Harsin as the safeties coach at Arkansas State. Baker also served as defensive graduate assistant at Texas when Harsin was the Longhorn’s offensive coordinator from 2010-2012.

"I have been extremely impressed with how well he connects with players and their families,” Harsin said. “He’s got a lot of energy, and I’m excited to see him get to work here at Boise State.”

Marks returns to his alma mater after spending 2013 as Arkansas State's assistant director of strength and conditioning.

“Lee understands what we want to get done in the weight room, and has experience with Coach Pitman in working to bring out the best in our players,” Harsin said. “Lee is excited to be back in Boise, and we are happy to have him here.”

“We have guys who have played here and coached here, and they understand what Bronco football is all about," Harsin added. "The guys who haven’t been here before, they get it, too. They’ve seen what Boise State has accomplished on the field, and they’re looking forward to getting started and being a part of this as we move forward.”
 

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