Release via Boise State Athletics:
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State has hired Jeff Popovich as its cornerbacks coach, head coach Bryan Harsin announced Thursday.
Popovich spent the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, serving as the assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano, a former Boise State assistant coach (1987-88), in 2016, before moving to a defensive quality control position in 2017.
“Jeff is someone that brings with him a wealth of experience at both the collegiate and professional levels,” Harsin said. “He understands what this program is about, both our culture and our tradition, and he is excited to be part of it. We are thrilled to have him join our family.”
Popovich also has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently serving as cornerbacks coach at UTSA from 2013-15. He also spent six seasons (2007-12) at Florida International, where he worked with the team’s defensive backs and served as the school’s pro liaison. He was also special teams coordinator at FIU during his final season in 2012.
“Boise State is a program of tradition and success,” Popovich said. “I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the culture Coach Harsin has created, developing athletes both on the field and, more importantly, off the field as young men. My family and I are honored to be Broncos and I can’t wait to get my feet on the blue turf.”
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Miami, serving as a graduate assistant from 2005-06.
During his collegiate playing career at Miami from 1996-99, Popovich, a four-year letterwinner, appeared in 48 games, making 11 starts. He was a three-time Big East All-Academic Team selection. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in 2000.
Popovich’s professional playing career included time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2000 and the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. He was also a member of the 2001 Barcelona Dragons team that played in the World Bowl.
Originally from Tucson, Ariz., Popovich played both quarterback and defensive back, while also competing in track & field, at Sabino High School. He and his wife Lara have two daughters, Sayle and Copeleigh.