Chris Strausser is entering the seventh season of his second stint at Boise State, and his second as associate head coach. Strausser has served as the team's run-game coordinator in each of his seven seasons, and he is entering his fourth as offensive line coach after spending the previous three as tight ends coach.
Strausser had spent the 2001-05 seasons at Boise State as offensive line coach with former head coach Dan Hawkins, adding the duties of assistant head coach from 2003-05. When Hawkins moved to Colorado as the head coach, Strausser joined him as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach for the 2006 season before returning to Boise State in 2007.
Since Strausser's return to oversight of the offensive line in 2010, the Broncos are one of only two teams to rank in the top 10 nationally each year in sacks allowed. The Broncos led the country in the statistical category in 2011, allowing 0.62 sacks per game. Boise State was also third-nationally in 2010 (0.62) and sixth-nationally in 2012 (0.77).
The Broncos have averaged just 0.67 sacks per game the last three seasons, second only to Air Force (0.59) during that time. However, the Broncos threw the ball 1,295 times, compared to just 523 attempts for the Falcons.
Boise State has given up just 26 sacks in three seasons, fewer than 46 teams allowed in 2012 alone.
Boise State has also ranked amongst the nation's best in scoring offense in two of the last three seasons, finishing second in 2010 (45.08) and fifth in 2011 (44.23). The Broncos also ranked fourth-nationally in passing efficiency (171.57) in 2011, ninth in total offense (481.31) and 11th in passing offense (309.38).
In 2010 the team ranked second-nationally in total offense (521.31) and pass efficiency (179.94), sixth-nationally in passing offense (321.08) and 21st-nationally in rushing offense (321.08).
Under Strausser the Broncos have also seen a slew of accolades along the offensive line, with left tackle Nate Potter earning consensus All-America honors as a senior in 2011. Potter was one of just two individuals to earn unanimous first-team All-Mountain West honors that year, after joining center Thomas Byrd on the All-Western Athletic Conference First Team in 2010.
Center Matt Paradis was named first-team All-MW in 2012, and he was joined by left tackle Charles Leno, Jr. and right tackle Brenel Myers, both second-team honorees.
Potter went on to be selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2012 National Football League Draft, and started six games in 2012.
During his first stint coaching the Bronco offensive line (2001-05), Strausser had four players earn first-team All-WAC honors. Included in the group were Daryn Colledge, a 2006 second-round NFL Draft selection of the Green Bay Packers, and Matt Hill, a 2002 fifth-round selection of the Seattle Seahawks.
Colledge, a starter along the Packers' offensive line that won Super Bowl XLV, earned first-team All-WAC recognition in both 2004 and 2005. Center Scott Huff and guard Rob Vian were each named to the all-conference team in 2002 and Hill earned the honor in 2001. Strausser also had three players earn either second-team or honorable mention honors during that period.
A veteran assistant, Strausser has a varied coaching background, one that has seen him make stops at six different schools in California and the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to his season at Colorado, Strausser served as the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator at Portland State during the 2000 season. His work with the Viking offense played a key role in the team going 8-3 and advancing to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs for the first time in school history. In his first stop at Portland State, Strausser served as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator during the 1993-94 seasons, with the team advancing to the Division II playoffs both years.
Between his stints at Portland State, Strausser spent two seasons at San Jose State and three years at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. Strausser was at San Jose State during the 1995-96 seasons, serving as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 1997 he moved on to Foothill College, where he spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator. While directing the offense at Foothill, Strausser helped the Owls to 10-win seasons in both 1998 and 1999.
Strausser started his coaching career in 1989 as the wide receivers and tight ends coach at Menlo College in California. During the 1990 and 1991 seasons, he was an assistant coach at Oregon State, where he coached running backs the first year and offensive tackles and tight ends his second year. In 1992, Strausser moved on to Sonoma State, where he coached offensive tackles and tight ends and served as special teams coordinator.
A 1989 graduate of Chico State with a degree in physical education, Strausser earned his master's degree in education from Oregon State in 1991. He and his wife Cathy have two daughters, Maeve and Sarah.