Boise State drops final game of the season
Bob Gregory, who began the season at Boise State's assistant head coach, is serving as the Broncos' interim head coach for the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. He takes over for Chris Petersen, who was named head coach at Washington during the first week of December.
Gregory, the defensive coordinator at Boise State in 2001 and the defensive coordinator at California from 2002-09, returned to the Broncos in 2010 and has been coaching the linebackers ever since.
The Broncos have finished each of the last three seasons ranked in the top-20 nationally in total defense since Gregory's return to Boise State. The Broncos finished second in the statistical category in 2010 (254.69), 16th in 2011 (320.85) and 12th in 2012 (315.62).
The team also finished second-nationally in scoring defense in 2010 (12.77), 12th-nationally in 2011 (18.69) and eighth-nationally in 2012 (15.77).
This past season Boise State also ranked fifth-nationally in both pass defense (169.46) and pass efficiency defense (101.35), and 11th-nationally in sacks (2.92).
In 2011 the Broncos finished the season ranked 17th-nationally in rushing defense (110.00), and in 2010 the team led the nation in sacks (3.69), ranked second in the country in both tackles-for-loss (8.38) and pass efficiency defense (95.19), fourth-nationally in pass defense (150.92) and seventh-nationally in rushing defense (103.77).
Under Gregory's tutelage, J.C. Percy and Tommy Smith each garnered all-conference accolades in 2012, with Percy earning first-team All-Mountain West honors and Smith being named honorable mention. Byron Hout, now a graduate assistant with Boise State, was named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2010 despite missing the season's final four games, and also earned honorable mention All-MW honors as a senior in 2011.
While with the Golden Bears, Gregory's defenses were amongst the best in the Pacific-10 Conference for each of his eight seasons. During his California career the Golden Bears allowed opponents an average of 22.5 points per game.
In 2008 Cal's defense was ranked among the top 10 nationally in four different categories, while his 2004 team was second in the nation in rush defense (82.5) and eighth in scoring defense (16.0).
Gregory, a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2004, which honors the top assistant football coach in the country, helped lead California to seven-consecutive postseason appearances (2003-09).
During his coaching career he has been part of 15 different teams that have been invited to a postseason bowl.
His career has also paired him with Bronco head coach Chris Petersen on three different occasions. Prior to the current coaching stint the two worked together at Oregon, where Gregory served as defensive backs coach and Petersen worked with the wide receivers. The duo then each moved to Boise in 2001 to become the offensive and defensive coordinators for former Bronco head coach Dan Hawkins.
In Gregory's only season as defensive coordinator at Boise State in 2001, he helped the Broncos produce an 8-4 record during the program's first year as a member of the WAC. Gregory's defense was second in the league in both scoring defense (23.3 ppg) and rushing defense (118.1 ypg).
A 1987 graduate of Washington State with a bachelor's degree in English, Gregory played linebacker and defensive back for the Cougars. He began his coaching career at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where he was the defensive backs coach in 1987 and the defensive coordinator in 1988.
He then spent two years as a defensive graduate assistant at Oregon before moving to Willamette (Ore.), serving as the defensive backs coach in 1991 and the defensive coordinator from 1992-97.
He also earned his master's degree in educational policy at Oregon.
Gregory and his wife Molly have two sons, Jack and Joe.