The success of our students and alumni is Boise Sate’s most important measure of success as a university – and we love to tell their stories when the opportunity arises. And news of alumnus Bryan Harsin’s return to his hometown and alma mater as head football coach is a very special story now on the lips of every Bronco fan. In fact, despite that it came late in the year, the announcement of his hiring was the most popular news story posted on the Boise State website during all of 2013.
As one of the chief architects of the Broncos’ rise to national prominence in athletics over the last decade, Coach Harsin is steeped in recent Boise State history. After all, he designed and called three of the most famous football plays in college football history.
While his record as a coach stands on its own, Coach Harsin came of age professionally under the wing of Chris Petersen, whose standards and reputation across the nation became such an important part of Boise State’s image in recent years. As a key part of that team, Coach Harsin helped set that standard of excellence, which quickly became a model for what is possible all across campus. I’m certain that example will only shine brighter in the Harsin Era.
Our alumni are very excited to have him back – especially those from the College of Business and Economics, where the coach earned his degree in business management in 2000. After all, few major universities can claim to have a passionate alumnus at the helm of their powerhouse football program. And like many of our alumni, Coach Harsin is from the Boise area and is relatively young with years of professional achievements ahead of him.
One thing I particularly admire about Coach Harsin and his family is how they dared to leave the place they love, their home, so he could gain the experience he knew he would need for his dream job –the chance to come back to Boise State. Just like his style of Bronco football, it was a well-calculated risk that paid off tremendously.
So, on behalf of every Bronco fan, I’d like to wish Coach Harsin good luck – and welcome home to Boise State.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.