Boise State Broncos

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Boise State Broncos
Logo
University Boise State University
Conference Mountain West
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Curt Apsey
Location Boise, Idaho
Varsity teams 20
Football stadium Albertsons Stadium
Basketball arena Taco Bell Arena
Other arenas Bronco Gym
Donna Larsen Park
Appleton Tennis Center
Mascot Buster Bronco
Nickname Broncos
Colors Blue and Orange[1]
         
Website www.broncosports.com
Boise State is a member of the Mountain West Conference

The Boise State Broncos are the athletic teams that represent Boise State University and compete in the Mountain West Conference (MWC), a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference. The Broncos have a successful athletic program overall, winning the WAC commissioner's cup for the 2005–06 and 2009–10 years. Boise State joined the MWC in 2011.[2]

The best-known program is football, which attained a perfect 13–0 record in 2006, capped by an overtime win in the Fiesta Bowl over the Oklahoma Sooners. They finished the season as the only major undefeated college football team. BSU's football team has won the Fiesta Bowl two more times, following the 2009 and 2014 seasons. The school's Albertsons Stadium, introduced its famous blue artificial turf (now FieldTurf) thirty-one years ago in 1986.

Other notable programs at BSU include the nationally-ranked women's gymnastics team, which competes in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference, the men's and women's basketball team, and the tennis teams which have consistently had nationally-ranked players.

In April 2017, Boise State announced the cessation of its wrestling program with the potential return of baseball, although no time frame was given;[3] BSU baseball was discontinued after the 1980 season.[4][5]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Teams sponsored[edit]

Boise State University sponsors teams in eight men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports, primarily competing in the Mountain West Conference, with the beach volleyball program competing as an independent, men's indoor track and women's swimming & diving competing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, and gymnastics in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference.

Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross country Beach volleyball
Football Cross country
Golf Golf
Tennis Gymnastics
Track & Field Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track & Field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Varsity sports[edit]

Football[edit]

The Boise State Broncos Football program represents Boise State University in college football and compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of Division I as a member of the Mountain West Conference. They are led by head coach Bryan Harsin, and play their home games at Albertsons Stadium.

Basketball[edit]

Soccer[edit]

The 2009 women's soccer team participated in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship tournament. Boise State was eliminated in the first round, losing to host UCLA 7-1 on Friday, November 13.[6]

Tennis[edit]

Former varsity sports[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

In 1999, as an assistant coach for the Broncos, Greg Randall helped guide Kirk White to the 165-pound national title. In his 14 seasons as head coach, Gregg Randall's teams have finished in the top-three at the conference tournament 10 times. In 1988, BSU wrestling joined the Pac-10.[7] Randall has led the Broncos to the top of the Pac-12 Conference four times, to go along with seven top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships including a 9th-place finish at the 2010–11 NCAA Championships. In 2006 Randall guided his first individual NCAA Champion as a head coach with Ben Cherrington capturing the national title in the 157-pound weight class. Cherrington was the second wrestler Randall has helped to a first-place finish at the NCAA tournament. Cherrington completed his season undefeated at 20–0 and won the 157-pound title at the NCAA National Championships. Cherrington’s NCAA victory marked the second time in Boise State history a Bronco has own an individual national collegiate wrestling title.[8] Boise State Wrestling competes at home in the Bronco's Gym or the Taco Bell Arena, both located on campus. After the 2016 season, Randall was replaced by former CSU Bakersfield wrestler and coach Mike Mendoza after a 9-26-1 record over the previous three seasons.

In April 2017, after a 2-9 season and an 11-35-1 record over four years, Boise State announced they would eliminate their wrestling program. The school also cited a desire to closer align itself with the Mountain West (which does not sponsor wrestling), a $350,000 loss during the 2016-17 season, and a plan to resurrect the school's baseball program.[3]

Boise State Broncos Wrestling achievements:

  • 16 total conference Championships
  • Pac-12 Conference Champions: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • 20 individual All-Americans
  • 12 top-20 NCAA team finishes & 5 top-10 NCAA team finishes
  • 2 individual NCAA Champions: Ben Cherrington 157lbs(2006) & Kirk White 165lbs(1999)[9]

Baseball[edit]

Boise State played intercollegiate baseball through the 1980 season. Their first season in the Big Sky Conference was 1971, with all eight teams split into two divisions and a best-of-three series between the division winners to determine the conference title. The Broncos and fellow newcomer Northern Arizona joined Idaho State and Weber State in the Southern Division.[10][11] Montana State dropped the sport after the season and Montana in 1972, so Boise State was moved to the Northern Division for 1973 with Idaho and Gonzaga.[12] After the season, athletic director Lyle Smith stepped down as head baseball coach, succeeded by Ross Vaughn, an assistant coach at Washington State in Pullman pursuing a doctorate in biomechanics.[13][14][15]

Following the 1974 season, the Big Sky discontinued its sponsorship of baseball (and four other sports);[16][17] Southern Division champion Idaho State dropped their program a few weeks later,[18] and three-time conference champion Weber State soon followed. The three Northern Division teams joined the newly-formed Northern Pacific Conference (NorPac) for the 1975 season and competed against Portland State, Portland, Seattle U., and Puget Sound (and later, Eastern Washington).[19][20][21] Due to budget contraints, both BSU and Idaho discontinued baseball following the 1980 season.[4][5] Head coach Vaughn stayed with the university another three decades as a kinesiology professor and an associate dean.[13][14][15]

Boise State played on campus through the 1979 season, until displaced due to construction of the BSU Pavilion (now Taco Bell Arena). The final infield is now occupied by the tennis courts; home plate was at (43°36′11″N 116°12′02″W / 43.60317°N 116.20043°W / 43.60317; -116.20043), center field was to the northeast, and the first base line was aligned with the sidewalk along the southern wall of Taco Bell Arena. For their last season in 1980, the Broncos played home games at Borah Field (now Bill Wigle Field) at Borah High School.

With the elimination of wrestling in 2017, the baseball program may return by 2020; a coaching search began in September 2017.[22]

Championships[edit]

NCAA team championships[edit]

Boise State University has won two National Championships in Football.

Boise State has won 1 NCAA team national championship.[23]

Other national team championships[edit]

Below is one national team title that was not bestowed by the NJCAA:

  • Men’s
    • Football (1): 1958 (NJCAA)

Individual National Championships[edit]

  • Men's Skiing (Slalom): Bill Shaw, 1974
  • Men's Track & Field (High Jump): Jake Jacoby, 1984
  • Men's Track & Field (Triple Jump): Eugene Green, 1991
  • Wrestling (165 lbs.): Kirk White, 1999
  • Men's Track & Field (Javelin): Gabe Wallin, 2004
  • Men's Track & Field (Javelin): Gabe Wallin, 2005
  • Wrestling (157 lbs.): Ben Cherrington, 2006
  • Women's Track & Field (Long Jump): Eleni Kafourou, 2009
  • Men's Track & Field (Decathlon): Kurt Felix, 2012
  • Women's Track & Field (10,000 meters) : Emma Bates, 2014
  • Women's Track & Field (Steeplechase) : Allie Ostrander, 2017

Athletic staff[edit]

Athletic directors[edit]

Name Years
Curt Apsey 2015–present
Mark Coyle 2012–2015
Curt Apsey (interim) 2011
Gene Bleymaier 1982–2011
Mike Mullally 1981–1982
Lyle Smith 1968–1981

Current head coaches[edit]

Name Sport Year
Bryan Harsin Football 4th
Greg Patton Tennis 20th
Leon Rice Basketball (men's) 8th
Jim Thomas Soccer (women's) 5th
  • (as of August 2017)

Hall of Fame[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boise State University Broncos Art Sheet" (PDF). April 1, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Official Athletics Site". themw.com. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Anger, frustration, shock: Wrestlers grapple with loss of Boise State program". Idaho Statesman. April 18, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Boise State drops baseball program". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. May 6, 1980. p. C1. 
  5. ^ a b Goodwin, Dale (May 13, 1980). "Baseball's 'out' at Idaho". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 19. 
  6. ^ NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament Round-Up: Friday, November 13, 2009, Pac-10.org, November 13, 2009
  7. ^ "BSU Wrestling" (PDF). BSU Athletics. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  8. ^ "BS Broncos Wrestling". Boise State Athletics. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  9. ^ "Bronco Wrestling team" (PDF). Boise State Athletics. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  10. ^ "Big Sky baseball: split loop planned". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). May 19, 1970. p. 13. 
  11. ^ "Vandals list baseball play". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). January 28, 1971. p. 22. 
  12. ^ "Key games: Big Sky Conference". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). April 23, 1973. p. 17. 
  13. ^ a b Prentice, George (April 24, 2013). "Ross Vaughn: Boise State's boy of summer heads for home". Boise Weekly. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Squires, Sherry (May 22, 2014). "New scholarship to honor Ross Vaughn". Boise State University. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Ross E. Vaughn" (PDF). Boise State University. (faculty). Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Idaho off probation, loop titles dwindle". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). May 5, 1974. p. 13. 
  17. ^ "Baseball axed in Big Sky". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). May 29, 1974. p. 15. 
  18. ^ "Idaho (State) drops baseball". Ellensburg Daily Record. (Washington). June 5, 1974. p. 9. 
  19. ^ "Idaho, Gonzaga join new baseball circuit". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. June 24, 1974. p. 16. 
  20. ^ "Portland State, Portland to play in baseball league". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). Associated Press. June 24, 1974. p. 12. 
  21. ^ Jordan, Jeff (January 19, 1975). "Idea's time has arrived". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 3, sports. 
  22. ^ Rains, B.J. (September 5, 2017). "Boise State announces search for baseball coach, hopes to begin play in 2020". Idaho Press-Tribune. (Nampa). Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  23. ^ "CHAMPIONSHIPS SUMMARY : THROUGH JULY 1, 2016" (PDF). Fs.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 

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