March 9, 2017
BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State football head coach Bryan Harsin announced the hiring of Brad Bedell as the Broncos' offensive line coach, Thursday.
Bedell, who previously worked under Harsin at Arkansas State, and with several current members of the Boise State coaching staff during stints at Colorado and Texas State, had most recently served as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Lamar, where he was hired in January following a season at Baylor.
"Having Brad on our staff at Arkansas State, knowing his coaching style and the physical 'own the line of scrimmage' mentality he brings to the offensive line, we are excited to add a coach of his caliber to our staff," Harsin said. "Brad will have an immediate opportunity to be on the field, developing our guys and seeing how they compete and perform every day from the moment he arrives. No doubt he'll be ready to hit the ground running with our offensive line."
He began his coaching career as an offensive intern at Colorado (2007-09), his alma mater, where he garnered first-team All-America and All-Big 12 First Team honors at right guard following his senior campaign in 1999. He then went on to play six seasons in the National Football League, spending time with the Browns (2000-01), Dolphins (2003), Packers (2004-05) and Texans (2006).
Bedell's debut as a full-time assistant was spent at Northern Colorado in 2010, where he mentored a pair of All-Big Sky selections as offensive line coach. He moved on to UC Davis in 2011, serving as the team's offensive line coach and run game coordinator, again producing a pair of all-league selections.
He coached at New Mexico State in 2012, with another pupil picking up all-conference accolades, before joining Harsin at Arkansas State in 2013. A-State captured the Sun Belt Championship and a victory in the GoDaddy Bowl that season, helping to lead an offensive attack that averaged more than 200 rushing yards per game behind two All-Sun Belt honorees along the offensive line.
"I already have some of that blue blood running through me, as I've been indoctrinated into the Boise State culture from my time with Coach Harsin, and even back to Coach Hawkins, working with awesome Broncos and men like Coach Harsin, Andy Avalos, Lee Marks and Jeff Pitman," Bedell said. "I want to thank Coach Harsin for this opportunity to be a Bronco, and to be part of an extremely special program that truly combines a great tradition of championship football with a constant push to develop young men as leaders through the game.
"From a coaching standpoint, I truly believe football is won up front by being physical, using great technique and implementing a nasty disposition. Our mentality has to be to go out and dominate the man across from you. If we can do that, just be dirt dogs, guys who bring their lunch pail and hard hat every day, the rest of our guys will be able to do their thing."
Following two seasons as the offensive line coach at Texas State (2014-15), Bedell joined the Baylor staff as an offensive quality control assistant and assistant director of operations in the spring of 2016, and remained on staff for the duration of the 2016 season.