Andy Avalos is entering his second season as an assistant coach at Boise State, his alma mater. The former Bronco linebacker serves as the team's defensive line coach.
In his debut season with the Broncos, Avalos coached a defensive line that ranked 11th-nationally in sacks (2.92). The Broncos also ranked eighth-nationally in scoring defense (15.77) and 12th-nationally in total defense (315.62).
Three defensive linemen earned all-conference recognition in 2012, as defensive tackle Mike Atkinson and defensive end Demarcus Lawrence were each named first-team All-Mountain West, and defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe was named honorable mention All-MW.
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 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, 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.
Andy and his wife Summer were married in July of 2010.