Keith Bhonapha is entering his eighth season on the Boise State staff and his fifth as running backs coach. Bhonapha is also entering his third season serving as the Broncos' recruiting coordinator, and spent 2006-08 as the director of football operations.
Bhonapha played football for Hawai'i and served as a graduate assistant for the Warriors for three seasons prior to joining the Boise State coaching staff.
Boise State has produced 1,000-yard rushers and all-conference running backs in each of his four seasons working with the position, including Doug Martin, who was a first-round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2012 National Football League Draft.
Martin was a first-team All-Mountain West selection following the 2011 season, and an All-Western Athletic Conference First Team honoree in 2010. He rushed for 1,299 yards as a senior and for 1,260 yards as a junior, marks that rank fourth and seventh on Boise State's all-time single-season list, respectively.
Martin ranked amongst the nation's top 25 in rushing in both 2010 and 2011, finishing his junior season at No. 24 (96.92) and his senior season at No. 23 (99.92).
This past season D.J. Harper rushed for 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to honorable mention all-league honors. In 2009 Jeremy Avery rushed for 1,151 yards, currently the ninth-most in school history, en route to second-team All-WAC honors.
Martin and Harper combined for nine 100-yard rushing games in 2011, and in 2010 Boise State boasted the nation's 21st-ranked rushing offense (200.23). In 2012, the Broncos combined for seven 100-yard games, including six from Harper.
In 2009, his first season working with the running backs, Bhonapha helped develop an incredibly deep Boise State backfield that finished the season ranked 26th-nationally with 186.07 rushing yards per game. Four different players recorded 100-yard rushing games throughout the season.
As the director of football operations, Bhonapha was responsible for all of the team's travel plans, coordinating the team's annual summer football camps and overseeing the football department's community outreach activities.
Bhonapha worked with defensive backs and special teams during his coaching stint at his alma mater. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Warriors, playing defensive back and on special teams before beginning his coaching career in 2003. During his senior year he made 42 tackles, registered one quarterback sack and had six pass deflections.
Bhonapha received his bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a criminology focus in 2003 from Hawai'i. In 2005 he earned his master's degree in public administration, also from Hawai'i.