STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford assistant coach Mike Sanford has been named Boise State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, as announced Wednesday. Sanford will remain on the Cardinal coaching staff through the upcoming Rose Bowl Game, after which Tavita Pritchard will assume coaching responsibilities for the program’s quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Sanford, who has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford (2011-13), played for Boise State from 2000-04.
Sanford began his career with the Cardinal as the team’s running backs coach in both 2011 and 2012. He coached quarterbacks and wide receivers in 2013, and has been Stanford’s recruiting coordinator each of the last two seasons.
The Cardinal won the Pac-12 Championship in both 2012 and 2013, and will be making a second straight appearance in the Rose Bowl. Stanford also played in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl during Sanford’s first season.
Under Sanford’s tutelage this season, Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan ranks 19th-nationally in passing efficiency (154.1). Sanford also worked closely with Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor, who broke the school’s career rushing record in 2012, a mark that had stood since 1981.
Following his playing career with the Broncos, Sanford served as a graduate assistant with UNLV from 2005-06, where he worked with his father, Mike, then the head coach of the Rebels. He moved on to Stanford, where he was an offensive assistant from 2007-08.
His first full-time coaching stint came at Yale in 2009, where he coached tight ends and fullbacks and served as the team’s recruiting coordinator.
Sanford coached quarterbacks and was the passing game coordinator at Western Kentucky in 2010.
Sanford earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Boise State in 2005.
Sanford and his wife, Anne-Marie, have one daughter, Peyton.