The second coach to be announced today as part of the new UTEP football staff is former Boise State player Andrew Browning, who was a four year letter winner for the Broncos from 2003-2006, and has been a part of the coaching staff in Boise over the last three years.
Browning will take over the defensive line duties, in his first full position as an assistant coach. He was in charge of defensive quality control for the Broncos in 2010, and was a graduate assistant in 2011 and 2012.
Coach Kugler had this to say about Browning:
"Coach Browning was a player at Boise State when I was there...He is a self-made player and coach. He went to Boise State as a walk-on and ended up being probably the best defensive lineman they have ever had. He played with a relentless motor and unbelievable work ethic, and that has carried over into his coaching. Since he graduated he has worked on Chris Petersen's staff and has done a great job coaching and recruiting. He possesses the kind of character that we're trying to bring into this program. His youth and energy will be well served."
Browning becomes the first coach hired by Kugler that doesn't have a track record that we can take a look. However, for a kid to show up as a walk-on and finish as perhaps one of the best defensive linemen to ever play at Boise State has to say something.
Chris Petersen apparently felt that he was enough of an asset to keep him around on his staff, and now coach Kugler feels he's good enough to be a part of his. Hopefully his youth will pay dividends in coaching a defensive line that has some solid play makers already in the program.