Harsin adds the finishing touches to his coaching staff

Harsin adds the finishing touches to his coaching staff
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State football head coach Bryan Harsin announced the hiring of Junior Adams as wide receivers coach, Blake Baker as director of player personnel and Lee Marks as assistant strength and conditioning coach Thursday, completing his staff for next season.

“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.

“We have guys who have played here and coached here, and they understand what Bronco football is all about. 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.”

JUNIOR ADAMS
Adams, a former All-American wide receiver at Montana State, spent the last five seasons as wide receivers coach at Eastern Washington.

Adams helped lead the Eagles to the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs in four of his five seasons, including 2010, when EWU won the championship. The Eagles made semifinal appearances in each of the last two seasons.

“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.”

The Eagles ranked fourth-nationally in the Football Championship Division in passing offense this past season (349.8), and had two individuals ranked in the top-10 nationally in receiving yards. Freshman wide receiver Cooper Kupp led the nation in the statistical category, accumulating 1,691 yards in his collegiate debut – the fourth-most in FCS history. Senior Ashton Clark ranked sixth with 1,233 yards.

Kupp is just the second freshman wide receiver since 1990 named FCS All-America First Team (Randy Moss; 1996), and was also the recipient of the Jerry Rice Award, given annually to the top freshman in the FCS. He also broke the FCS record with a touchdown catch in 14-consecutive games.

The Eagles graduated a trio of wide receivers following the 2012 season, and each recorded a 1,000-yard season and earned All-America honors. Nicholas Edwards and Greg Herd accomplished each feat in 2011, and Brandon Kaufman did it in 2010, when he broke the FCS record with 1,850 receiving yards.

The trio concluded their careers with combined totals of 601 catches, 8,713 yards and 83 touchdowns.

Adams has received multiple grants as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, giving him the opportunity to work at summer training camps with several teams in the National Football League. Included are the Oakland Raiders (2010), Indianapolis Colts (2011) and Minnesota Vikings (2012).

He began his coaching career at his alma mater, spending the 2004-06 seasons as wide receivers and returns coach.

He joined the staff at Prosser High School in Prosser, Wash., in 2007, also coaching wide receivers and returners. He helped lead the Mustangs, coached by Tom Moore, the father of former Broncos Kellen and Kirby Moore, to a 14-0 record and the WIAA State Championship (2A).

Adams then coached at Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2008 before joining EWU.

Originally from Fremont, Calif., Adams began his playing career at Oregon State and was a member of the Beavers’ 2000 Pacific-10 Conference Championship team that played in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. He transferred to Montana State for his final two seasons, and earned his degree in sociology in 2004.

BLAKE BAKER
Baker joins the Broncos after spending the 2013 season as the safeties coach at Arkansas State under head coach Bryan Harsin.

“I’ve worked with Blake at both Texas and Arkansas State, and 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.”

Prior to joining the Red Wolves’ staff, Baker spent 2010-12 as a defensive graduate assistant at Texas, working closely with the Longhorns’ linebackers and defensive backs. The position groups produced eight All-Big 12 selections over his final two seasons, and he also helped mentor All-American linebacker and Lott Trophy finalist Emmanuel Acho, and cornerback Quandre Diggs, the 2011 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.

The Longhorns’ 2011 team finished 11th-nationally in total defense, allowing just 306.8 yards per game. The team also ranked amongst the national top 20 in rush defense (96.2), pass efficiency defense (111.0) and tackles-for-loss (7.4).

Prior to joining the Texas staff, Baker spent 2009 as a wide receivers coach at Clear Springs High School in Houston, Texas, and took over as linebackers coach the following spring.

The Houston native was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Tulane from 2000-04, helping to lead the Green Wave to a victory in the 2002 Hawai’i Bowl. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Tulane in 2008.

LEE MARKS
Marks, a two-time All-WAC honoree while playing for Boise State, worked as Arkansas State’s Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning in 2013.

“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.”

The Broncos’ Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2005, Marks was a four-year letterwinner with Boise State from 2002-05.

He went on to play one season with the Arena Football League’s Boise Burn, and then worked for three seasons as an assistant speed and strength and conditioning coach at Colorado (2007-09), working closely with Boise State’s strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman.

From 2010-11 Marks was a graduate assistant at Sioux Falls, where he worked with running backs, and was then a full-time assistant at South Dakota State in 2012, also working with running backs.