Dec. 18, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State football head coach Bryan Harsin has added another member to his staff, hiring Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator, Harsin announced Wednesday.
Yates, a graduate of Boise State, was an assistant coach with the Broncos from 2003-11, and has been the co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M the last two seasons.
Harsin announced Tuesday that Scott Huff and Andy Avalos, also graduates of Boise State and current assistants with the Broncos, would return for next season.
"Being able to bring a coach, and person, of high quality like Marcel to our program is a home run," Harsin said. "We worked and played together at Boise State, and he is one of the sharpest defensive minds in the country.
"Marcel has always connected with his players and is an outstanding recruiter. During his two years at Texas A&M he has developed great recruiting ties to the state of Texas and throughout the SEC."
Yates, who played defensive back for the Broncos from 1996-99, was Boise State's cornerbacks coach from 2003-05, before taking over the entire secondary from 2006-10. He added defensive pass game coordinator responsibilities in 2011, before moving on to Texas A&M.
"It's an honor for me and my family to come back to Boise State," Yates said. "As excited as I am, I understand I have big shoes to fill. Coach Petersen and his staff have left Boise State in a great position, and I am elated about the opportunity to help continue this success.
"The last two years at Texas A&M have been great. I've learned so much from Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M Head Coach) and Mark Snyder (Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator). Coaching in the SEC was a great experience. I would like to thank them both for the opportunity to grow as a man and as a coach."
While with the Broncos as an assistant, Boise State won seven conference championships in nine seasons and appeared a bowl game each year. The Broncos won five of the bowl games, including both the 2007 and 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowls.
During his final six seasons with Boise State, five defensive backs went on to be selected in the National Football League Draft: Gerald Alexander (Second Round, Detroit Lions, 2007), Orlando Scandrick (Fifth Round, Dallas Cowboys, 2008), Kyle Wilson (First Round, New York Jets, 2010), Brandyn Thompson (Seventh Round, Washington Redskins, 2011) and George Iloka (Fifth Round, Cincinnati Bengals, 2012).
He also coached Jamar Taylor, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
In his first season with Texas A&M, the Aggies concluded the season ranked fifth-nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls, and won 11 games for the first time since 1998. This year the Aggies rank No. 20 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the Coaches Poll.
Prior to joining the Boise State staff, Yates was an assistant secondary coach at Montana State from 2001-02. In his second season with the Bobcats, Montana State won its first Big Sky Conference Championship and earned its first NCAA Division I-AA Playoff appearance in 18 years.
Yates earned his bachelor's degree in social science from Boise State in 2000. Following his senior season, he earned the team's Denny Erickson Award for Valor.