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Achievement Unlocked: Avalos’ first staff is complete

Mountain West Football Championship - Boise State v San Jose State Photo by David J. Becker/Getty Images

Last time we updated you all on the Avalos coaching staff there were just two outstanding slots to fill (by outstanding candidates hopefully). Well, moments ago, the Andy Avalos tweeted out the 10th and final addition to his on-field coaching staff with the announcement of Montana State DC Kane Ioane as Boise State’s co-defensive coordinator (a job he’ll share with Spencer Danielson) and safeties coach. Montana State head coach Jeff Choate (a former Boise State assistant) was a finalist for the Bronco head coaching vacancy and left his Bobcat position last week to join the Texas coaching staff (with another former Bronco player/coach Pete Kwiatkowski) the Broncos landed the guy that many thought might be Choate’s successor in Bozeman.

Ioane (not pronounced like OUR Ioane...this one is “eye-OWN”) was a four-time All-American at Montana State and left the program as the Big Sky conference’s all-time leading tackler. He spent most of his 15 years coaching at his alma mater but spent two seasons in Seattle as a defensive analyst for Chris Petersen, which obviously got him yet another tie to Boise State. While in Bozeman, Ioane coached and mentored five All-Americans and 13 players that received all-conference nods. Welcome, coach!

Going slightly back in time, to the end of last week, Boise State filled one of the most watched and anticipated vacancies when they hired Tim Keane as the next Bronco O-line coach (he’s replacing the oft-maligned Brad Bedell who followed Harsin to his tight ends coach). Keane is the second Tim we’ve hired out of UC Davis, where he worked under former Boise State headman Dan Hawkins...the first Tim, of course, being Tim Plough, who was one of Avalos’ first hires (Plough, if you recall will be the program’s OC).

Keane, like Ioane, comes to the Broncos from his alma mater...where he both played and coached—Keane spent a bit of time in the Treasure Valley previously on Mike Moroski’s staff at the College of Idaho. Keane’s full introductory press conference can be viewed below

So, to recap the whirlwind of hirings for the 10 position coaches, we’ve got:


Tim Plough - Offensive Coordinator

Winston Venable - Running backs

Matt Miller - Wide receivers

Kent Riddle - Tight ends

Tim Keane - Offensive Line


Spencer Danielson - Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers

Kane Ioane - Co-DC/Safeties

Frank Maile - Defensive Line/Assitant Head Coach

Stacy Collins - Special Teams/EDGE

Jeron Johnson - Corners

Furthermore, BSU alum Kharyee Marshall returns as the Broncos defensive analyst, Da’Vell Winters is the new Chief-of-Staff, and Reid Kagy is the Broncos new head strength & conditioning coach. Now let’s get that salary pool up to snuff and keep these guys...this is a staff that might just do some things!