The Boise State football team has turned to a former player to fill the final vacancy on its coaching staff.
Nate Potter, who was inducted into the Boise State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018, has been hired as tight ends coach and run-game coordinator.
Potter, who spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends at Montana State, previously was a quality control assistant and offensive graduate assistant for the Broncos from 2014-2017.
He replaces longtime assistant Kent Riddle, who stepped down on Tuesday to spend time with his family.
“Nate Potter is one of the young, up-and-coming coaches in our industry,” Boise State coach Andy Avalos said in a release. “It just so happens that he’s also a former Bronco, having spent time here both as a coach and a player, and understands what we’re building. We are looking forward to having him back in the facility and mentoring the next generation of Broncos.”
Potter helped Montana State reach the 2021 FCS National Championship Game, as well as a No. 4 final ranking in 2019. He coached the offensive line at the College of Idaho in 2018 between his stints at Boise State and Montana State.
The former offensive tackle played for the Broncos from 2008-11 and was a consensus All-American in 2011 and is one of just three consensus All-Americans in program history. He was a three-time first-team all league player in the WAC and Mountain West and helped the Broncos to an undefeated season and Fiesta Bowl championship in 2009.
Potter was a seventh-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2012 NFL Draft and appeared in 21 games the next two seasons before transitioning into coaching.
“I want to thank Coach Avalos for giving me the opportunity to come home and give back to the brotherhood that has given so much to me,” Potter said. “I’m looking forward to joining this great staff and working with this program’s incredible players, helping to continue the championship tradition for Bronco Nation.”
He’s the fourth new assistant coach to join Boise State’s staff since the end of the 2021 season.