It appears Boise State will lose two more coaches following the departure of offensive coordinator Brent Pease to Florida.
A source confirmed Thursday that special teams/nickels coach Jeff Choate will accept a position on the defensive side of the ball at Washington State under new coach Mike Leach. Choate’s friend and fellow St. Maries High grad Eric Russell is the Cougars’ special teams coach.
Defensive backs coach Marcel Yates also is likely on the way out, headed for Texas A&M in the same capacity. The former Bronco defensive back (1996-99) has been on the Boise State staff since 2003.
“(Head coach) Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies are getting one helluva DB coach in Marcel Yates. Perfect for their arrival in the SEC,” former Boise State defensive back Gerald Alexander said on his Twitter page.
Neither Boise State, Washington State or Texas A&M have announced the moves.
Brent Pease left his offensive coordinator position at Boise State to take the same job at Florida. Robert Prince was promoted Wednesday from wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator.
The shakeup is the biggest in coach Chris Petersen’s tenure, but with a new contract on the table, the man in charge isn’t going anywhere soon.
“I think that’s the key,” former Bronco receiver Tyler Shoemaker said. “With how we do things, of course people are going to try to get our coaches. As long as coach Pete is there, things will stay that way. He’s going to hire the right people to keep it going.”