Bryan Harsin, a 13-year coaching veteran, has been named as the head football coach at Arkansas State University.
Harsin, a finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award recognizing the top assistant coach in the country, has been associated with two nationally-prominent programs during his career.
He worked closely with Chris Petersen at Boise State and Mack Brown at Texas, spending the last seven seasons as an offensive coordinator with the Broncos and Longhorns.
“We are extremely excited to name Bryan Harsin as our new head football coach,” said ASU Athletic Director Terry Mohajir. “Coach Harsin has a proven track record of success, helping produce one of the best football brands in the country and also working with one of the top programs of all-time. He has strong experience developing quarterbacks, which was important to me, and always puts his players first. He comes highly recommended from his peers and others closely associated with collegiate athletics. He has all the qualities we are looking for to guide this program in the future as we continue to build a strong national presence.”
Harsin served the last two seasons as Texas’ co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after spending the previous 10 years on the Boise State staff, including the last five as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach as well.
“This is a tremendous honor to be the head football coach at Arkansas State University,” said Harsin. “I’ve prepared a long time for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to building on a strong foundation already in place here. I’ve felt the enthusiasm surrounding this program, and that is very exciting.”
“We are extremely proud to welcome Bryan Harsin and his family to Arkansas State University and Jonesboro,” said Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson. “He’s a young, enthusiastic football virtuoso who brings pertinent experience to the Red Wolf football program. Bryan has all of the credentials that Arkansas State is looking for, both as a coach and as a man who is committed to playing a vital role at ASU and in the community; he will build on the momentum that the Red Wolves have created with their success on and off the field. He comes to Arkansas State at the right time for the right reasons.”
After graduating from Boise State in 2000 with a degree in business management, Harsin entered the coaching profession at Eastern Oregon, coaching running backs and receivers during the 2000 season.
Harsin and his wife, Kes, have two daughters, Devyn Lynn and Dayn Mykena, and a son, Davis. Harsin is a graduate of Capital High School in Boise.