Andy Avalos is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach at Boise State, his alma mater, and second in charge of the program’s linebackers. The former Bronco linebacker served as the team's defensive line coach in his first two seasons (2012-13), but returned to coach the position he played in 2014.
Under Avalos’ watch linebacker Tanner Vallejo, the Broncos’ top tackler in 2014 with 100 (64 solo), was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team after sharing the conference lead with three fumble recoveries and ranking fifth in tackles-for-loss (16.5) and seventh in tackles. Vallejo also garnered defensive most valuable player honors in both the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship and the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.
The Broncos won each game, concluding the season at 12-2 overall.
The Bronco linebacker corps contributed to Boise State ranking fourth in the conference in total defense (375.4 yards allowed per game) and third in rushing defense (142.6 rushing yards allowed per game).
Avalos’ linebackers also showed a knack for the ball, recovering five fumbles, including one returned for a touchdown by Vallejo, forcing three, and intercepting three passes, led by two from Tyler Gray who returned one of those for a touchdown at Nevada.
During Avalos’ two seasons overseeing the defensive line, three Broncos combined to earn five All-Mountain West honors, including two-time first-team honoree Demarcus Lawrence, and fellow first-team recipients Mike Atkinson and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe. Lawrence also earned All-America accolades in 2013 from both the Walter Camp Foundation (second team) and SI.com (honorable mention).
The Broncos ranked 11th-nationally in sacks in 2012 (2.92), and tied for 30th in tackles-for-loss (6.7) in 2013. Lawrence ranked amongst the national leaders in sacks in each season under Avalos, finishing 2012 ranked tied for 18th (0.86 per game), and tied for 10th-nationally in 2013 (0.88).
In Avalos's debut season with the Broncos, the Broncos also ranked eighth-nationally in scoring defense (15.77) and 12th-nationally in total defense (315.62).
Avalos joined the Broncos following a one-year stint at Sacramento State, where he coached linebackers. While with the Hornets in 2011, linebacker Todd Davis led the team in tackles with 96 en route to honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors.
From 2009-10, Avalos coached the defensive line at Nebraska Kearney. In his first season the Loper defense led NCAA Division II with 47 sacks, including 29.5 from the defensive line. Nebraska Kearney also led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in scoring defense (18.1), and had two student-athletes earn all-region accolades. In 2010, the Lopers' Mason Brodine set the UNK career sacks record.
Prior to Nebraska Kearney, Avalos was the defensive graduate assistant at Colorado for three seasons under former Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins, where he coached outside linebackers.
A four-year letterwinner for the Broncos from 2001-04, Avalos earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors at outside linebacker in each of his final two seasons. He completed his career ranked fourth all-time with 365 tackles, and led the Broncos in the statistical category in each of his final three seasons.
In his final game playing for Boise State, Avalos earned Bronco Defensive Player of the Game honors in the 2004 AutoZone Liberty Bowl when he made nine tackles and returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown, a Liberty Bowl record.
A native of Corona, Calif., Avalos graduated from Corona High School, where he returned following his playing career to coach linebackers in 2005. Avalos earned a degree in criminal justice at Boise State in 2004, and completed his master's in education at Colorado in 2008.
Avalos and his wife Summer had their first child, a daughter named Paityn, Jan. 31, 2014.
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