BOISE -- Boise State Director of Athletics Mark Coyle announced Wednesday morning Bryan Harsin has been hired as head coach.

Harsin will replace Chris Petersen, who left Boise State for Washington last week.

Harsin was a member of the Bronco coaching staff from 2001-2010 before serving as co-offensive coordinator at Texas from 2011-2012 and head coach at Arkansas State in 2013.

Boise State released the following written statements:

We are extremely excited in our selection of Bryan Harsin as the next head football coach at Boise State, Coyle said. Bryan is one of the top young head coaches in college football and we are thrilled to bring him back to Boise to lead the Bronco program. Bryan played a key role in the development of the football program as an assistant for 10 years at Boise State and we look forward to his leadership as we continue the ascension of Bronco football.

We're coming home, Harsin said. Kes and I are thrilled about returning to Boise State, it's a special place built by special people. One of the hardest decisions we ever made was leaving Boise. We did that so I could become a better coach, so I could one day have the opportunity to return as head coach - that day has arrived.

I appreciate the history and tradition of the Boise State program, Harsin continued. I embrace that success but won't rest on it. We will build this program every day with a sense of urgency. I can't wait to get to work. Go Broncos!

I am very excited to welcome Bryan Harsin back to Bronco Nation, Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra said. His return is great news for all of us who do not want to lose momentum with the national reputation the program has achieved. As we write the next chapter of Bronco football history, I know it will continue to bring distinction to Boise State University.

Harsin is a Capital High alum. He was also a member of the Bronco football team from 1995-1999 before joining the coaching staff. He was Petersen's offensive coordinator for five of his eight seasons as head coach. As quarterbacks coach, Harsin mentored Kellen Moore.

Boise State had planned a news conference Wednesday afternoon, but has since canceled it saying a formal news conference will take place once arrangements can be finalized.

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