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Boise State Broncos
University Boise State University
Conference Mountain West (primary)
Pac-12 – (Wrestling)
MRGC – (Women's Gymnastics)
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Curt Apsey
Location Boise, ID
Varsity teams 20
Football stadium Albertsons Stadium – 1970
(c. 36,387, Blue FieldTurf)
Basketball arena Taco Bell Arena – 1982
(c. 12,380; also Women's Gymnastics)
Other arenas Bronco Gym (c. 1,350; Wrestling, Women's Volleyball)
Donna Larsen Park (Track & Field, Softball)
Appleton Tennis Center (Tennis)
Mascot Buster Bronco
Nickname Broncos
     Blue       Orange[1]

The Boise State Broncos are the official athletic program of Boise State University. The Broncos compete in a wide variety of sports as members of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Mountain West Conference (MWC). 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]

Perhaps the most well-known of these sports is the football program. The program attained a 13–0 season in 2006 capped by an overtime win in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners. They finished the season as the only major undefeated college football team, yet they became the first team since the 2004–2005 season with an unblemished record to not receive any share of the National Championship. The Bronco football team has gone on to win the Fiesta Bowl two more times in the 2009 and 2014 seasons. The school's football stadium, Bronco Stadium, introduced its famous blue artificial turf (now FieldTurf) in 1986.

Other notable sports teams include the Wrestling team, which competes in the Pac-12 Conference (the MWC is a non-wrestling conference), 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.


Boise State University sponsors teams in eight men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[3]

National Championships

National team championships

As of July 2, 2015, Boise State has 1 NCAA team national championship.[6]

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

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

National individual championships

  • 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

Varsity sports


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.



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.[7]


In 1999 as an assistant coach for the Broncos, Randall helped guide Kirk White to the 165-pound national title. In his 12 seasons since being promoted to 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.[8] 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.[9] Boise State Wrestling competes at home in the Bronco's Gym or the Taco Bell Arena, both located on campus.

Boise State Broncos Wrestling achievements:

  • 16 total conference Championships
  • Pac-12 Conference Champions: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 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)[10]

Former varsity sports


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.[11] Montana State dropped the sport after the season and Montana in 1972, so Boise State was moved to the Northern Division in 1973 with Idaho and Gonzaga. Following the 1974 season, the Big Sky discontinued its sponsorship of baseball (and four other sports),[12][13] and Southern Division champion Idaho State[14] and three-time conference champion Weber State soon dropped their baseball programs. The three Northern Division teams joined the Northern Pacific Conference for the 1975 season and competed against Portland State, Portland, Seattle U., and UPS (and later, EWU). Due to budget contraints, both BSU and Idaho discontinued baseball following the 1980 season.[15][16]

Boise State played on campus through the 1979 season, until displaced due to construction of the BSU Pavilion (now Taco Bell Arena). The final baseball field's infield is now occupied by the tennis courts; center field was to the northeast. The Broncos played their home games in 1980 at Borah Field (now Bill Wigle Field) at Borah High School.

Athletic directors

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

Athletic staff

Name Position Years at BSU
Bryan Harsin Head coach (football) 1
Greg Patton Head coach (tennis) 8
Leon Rice Head coach (men's basketball) 5
Steve Lucas Head coach (women's soccer)  ?

Hall of Fame

College Football Hall of Fame


  1. "Boise State University's Color Guide" (PDF). Boise State University. January 18, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA. January 17, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament Round-Up: Friday, November 13, 2009,, November 13, 2009
  8. "BSU Wrestling" (PDF). BSU Athletics. Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "BS Broncos Wrestling". Boise State Athletics. Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Bronco Wrestling team" (PDF). Boise State Athletics. Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Spokane Daily Chronicle – Big Sky baseball: split loop planned – 1970-05-19 – p.13
  12. Lewiston Morning Tribune – Idaho off probation, loop titles dwindle – 1974-05-15 – p.13
  13. Lewiston Morning Tribune – Baseball axed in Big Sky – 1974-05-29 – p.15
  14. Ellensburg Daily Record – Idaho (State) drops baseball – 1974-06-05 – p.9
  15. Lewiston Morning Tribune – Boise State drops baseball program – 1980-05-06 – p.C1
  16. The Spokesman-Review – Baseball's 'out' at Idaho – 1980-05-13 – p.19

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