Jan. 4, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - Jay Boulware, who served as running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Iowa State the previous two seasons, has been named special teams coordinator at Auburn, announced head coach Gene Chizik Sunday.
"I've had the good fortune of working with Coach Chizik the last two seasons and I am thrilled to be joining his staff at Auburn," Boulware said. "Auburn has a wealth of history and tradition and combined with the outstanding staff Coach Chizik has already put together with Gus Malzahn, Curtis Luper and James Willis, I can't wait to get started."
Boulware coached at Texas, Northern Illinois, Arizona, Stanford and Utah before coming to Iowa State. He has five years experience serving as a special teams coach, overseeing units at Iowa State and Utah for two years and Arizona for one season.
"I'm very familiar with Jay and we are extremely pleased to have him coming on board with us at Auburn," Chizik said. "Jay has a great work ethic, a strong knowledge of special teams, and he is a very good recruiter. He is a welcomed addition to our staff that we are putting in place."
This year under Boulware, Iowa State ranked 12th nationally in kickoff returns, behind Rivals.com second-team freshman All-American kick returner Leonard Johnson. Johnson set an NCAA FBS record with 319 kickoff return yards earlier this season against Oklahoma State. ISU was also second in the Big 12 Conference in punting during 2008.
In Boulware's first ISU season, newcomer tailbacks Alexander Robinson and J.J. Bass both posted a pair of 100-yard games. It marked the first time two different Cyclone running backs topped the century barrier twice in a single season since 2002.
While at Utah, his Ute special teams were among the Mountain West Conference leaders, including the Utah kickoff return unit led the MWC in 2006.
A native of Irving, Texas, Boulware was a two-year letterman at offensive line while playing for the University of Texas. He began his coaching career at Texas, first as a student coach (1994-95) and then as a graduate assistant (1996), where he helped the Longhorns to bowl games all three seasons.
Under his direction, several Boulware-coached players have earned national honors and played in the National Football League. At Northern Illinois, he recruited future All-American and current Atlanta running back Michael Turner. During Boulware's tenure at NIU, the Huskie offense ranked 12th nationally in rushing as two-time all-MAC offensive lineman Ryan Diem moved on to the NFL, where he plays for the Indianapolis Colts. While at Arizona, Boulware coached all-Pac 10 tailback Mike Bell, who now plays for the New Orleans Saints.
Boulware, a 1996 graduate of Texas, and his wife Chantay have one daughter, Jordin.