Lyle Setencich

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Lyle Setencich
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1945-06-04) June 4, 1945 (age 70)
Reedley, California
Playing career
1966–1968 Fresno State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Boise State (DC)
Boise State
Cal Poly
Pacific (PA) (DC)
Arizona State (LB)
California (AHC/DC/LB)
Texas Tech (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 65–49–2 (college)
Tournaments 1–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Western Football Conference (1990)

Lyle Setencich (born June 4, 1945) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Boise State University from 1983 to 1986 and at Cal Poly California Polytechnic State University from 1987 to 1993, compiling a career college football record of 65–49–2.


A two-year letterman at Fresno State, Setencich graduated with a degree in biological sciences in 1969 and served in the U.S. Army. He began his coaching career as a high school assistant coach at Mount Diablo High School in Concord, and was later the head coach at Albany High School and San Ramon High School, all in northern California. He moved to collegiate coaching in 1979 as the defensive coordinator at Boise State under head coach Jim Criner. He held the position for four seasons and helped lead the team to the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship in 1980 and the semifinals in 1981. When Criner departed after the 1982 season for Iowa State, Setencich was promoted to head coach of Boise State. Setencich posted a 24–20 record in four seasons at Boise State. His final season in 1986 was the first losing campaign (5–6) for the program in four decades. He resigned following the season and immediately became head coach at Cal Poly, where he led the Division II program to a 41–29–2 mark in seven seasons (1987–1993). He later coached at Pacific (1994) under Chuck Shelton, Arizona State (1995–1996) under Bruce Snyder, and California (1997–2001) under Tom Holmoe.[1] In 2003, he became defensive coordinator at Texas Tech under head coach Mike Leach. During his fifth season, he resigned from that position for personal reasons on September 23, 2007.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Boise State Broncos (Big Sky Conference) (1983–1986)
1983 Boise State 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
1984 Boise State 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
1985 Boise State 7–4 5–2 3rd
1986 Boise State 5–6 3–4 5th
Boise State: 24–20 16–12
Cal Poly Mustangs (Western Football Conference) (1987–1993)
1987 Cal Poly 7–3
1988 Cal Poly 5–4–1
1989 Cal Poly 5–5
1990 Cal Poly 10–2 T–1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
1991 Cal Poly 4–6
1992 Cal Poly 4–5–1
1993 Cal Poly 6–4
Cal Poly: 41–29–2
Total: 65–49–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "Player Bio: Lyle Setencich". The University of California Official Athletic Site. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ AP (September 23, 2007). "Texas Tech defensive coordinator Setencich steps down". ESPN. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 

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