Just a day after it was reported that TCU Football would be parting ways with Joe Gillespie after two years as the Defensive Coordinator, the Horned Frogs will hire former Boise State Head Coach Andy Avalos to fill the role, as first reported by Jeremy Clark of 247Sports on Monday morning. Avalos was named the Broncos HC in 2021, leading Boise State to a 22-14 overall record, including a 10-win season in 2022, where he earned Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year and led the Broncos to a Frisco Bowl victory over North Texas.
Sources confirm to HornedFrogBlitz that former Boise State HC Andy Avalos will be the new defensive coordinator at #TCU. Avalos replaces Joe Gillespie, who spent two seasons as DC for the Frogs. https://t.co/8BICVfwRkL— Jeremy Clark (@JClarkHFB247) December 11, 2023
Avalos was let go by Boise after 10 games of the 2023 season as the Broncos sat with a 4-2 Mountain West record before going on to win the Conference Championship under interim coach Spencer Danielson, who would go on to be given the full time job in Boise.
Prior to his time as Head Coach in Boise, Avalos was the Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers Coach at Oregon from 2019-2020. During his two seasons as DC, the Ducks won the Pac 12 both years, going on to win the Rose Bowl over Wisconsin following the 2019 season and losing the Fiesta Bowl to Iowa State following the 2020 season. Before taking the DC role at Oregon Avalos was a defensive assistant at Boise State from 2012-2018, becoming the Boise DC in 2016. He played as a linebacker at Boise State from 2001-2004 before serving on coaching staffs at Colorado, DII Nebraska-Kearney, and FCS Sacramento State before going back to Boise as the D-Line Coach in 2012.
Avalos has coached three conference Players of the Year, five Freshman All-Americans, four All-Americans including household names like DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, Noah Sewell, and Kayvon Thibodeaux. The Avalos-led 2019 Oregon defense was one of the best in the country, finishing 8th in SP+ and top-25 nationally in rush defense, total defense, sacks, interceptions, and tackles-for-loss.
Avalos was known for his 3-3-5 nickel base defensive alignment while at Oregon - similar to the defensive scheme deployed by TCU for the past two seasons under Joe Gillespie, though with one of the linebackers deployed as a dedicated pass rush Edge - but was often praised for his ability to adapt the scheme to counter opponent strengths while deploying multiple defensive looks, pivoting to 4-2-5 or even 5-man fronts when the situation called. While Head Coach at Boise, his defense was more often set with four down lineman than while leading the defense at Oregon, so expect to see a variety of looks from the TCU defense under its new Coordinator.