Experience: 1st Year
Alma Mater: Boise State, '04
Andy Avalos enters his first season at Sacramento State where he will serve as the team's linebackers coach.
Avalos comes to Sacramento State from Nebraska Kearney where he was the team's defensive line coach for the past two seasons. In his first year (2009), the Loper defense led NCAA Div. II with 47 sacks, including 29.5 from the defensive line. The defense also led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in points allowed (18.1 per game) and had two players earn all-region honors. Last season, he coached Mason Brodine to the UNK career sacks mark.
Prior to Nebraska Kearney, Avalos was the defensive graduate assistant at Colorado for three seasons under Dan Hawkins where he coached the outside linebackers. A native of California, Avalos graduated from Corona High School before playing at Boise State. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Broncos (2001-04) and earned all-Western Athletic Conference honors as an outside linebacker following his final two seasons. He ended his career ranked fourth in BSU history with 365 total tackles and led the team in tackles during his final three seasons.
Avalos ended his career with a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 2004 Liberty Bowl against Lousivlle. The Broncos entered that game undefeated and ranked seventh nationally.
Following his playing career, Avalos coached linebackers at Corona High School in 2005.
The Corona, Calif., native earned a degree in criminal justice from Boise State in 2004 and his master's in education from Colorado in 2008.
Andy and his wife, Summer, were married in July of 2010.
Recruiting Area: All high schools and junior colleges in Southern California.
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