Folks who knew Harsin growing up say he'll be great fit for Broncos

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI ) - Bryan Harsin is coming home to take the reigns at Boise State. Harsin played at BSU in the 90s, but before he was ever a Bronco, he was a Capital Eagle.

It wouldn't be a proper homecoming without a little blast from the past, and the tale of where it all began. For Harsin, that story comes from the halls, and the field, of Capital High School.

Bryan Harsin graduated from Capital in 1995. Before that, he played varsity quarterback for two seasons during his junior and senior year. At the time, he filled in the shoes of NFL great Jake Plummer, who graduated his sophomore year.

Todd Simis is the current head coach at Capital, but in the 90s, he headed up Boise High School's football team. He admit he was glad to see Plummer graduate.

"When he graduated we thought, 'oh we have a chance to beat Capital!'" Simis said. "Then that class came in and Bryan was a junior quarterback and they made it back to the state championship. With his leadership and the good players around him they didn't drop. They didn't go backwards at all."

Since then, Simis watched as Harsin's career took off. After Harsin started coaching, the two became friends.

Now, nearly 20 years later, Harsin has another big pair of shoes to fill. This time, for Chris Petersen.

"Coach Pete is awesome and I think they're similar in a lot of ways," Simis said. "(Harsin) is smart, detail oriented, just a good person. I think that's the thing about him he comes across as genuine and easy to talk to and easy to be around."

Simis says Harsin will put his own stamp on things at Boise State, but that his character will make him a perfect fit for BSU's program.

"It's going to be a challenge to keep the record as good as it has been the last eight years," he said. "But as far as the fit for what Boise State is about and what Boise State football is about I don't think you could have found a better one."

Even though Harsin was born and raised here, Simis says it will still be a very special homecoming.

"I think for all the worry that we're losing coach Pete, the fact that it's a homegrown boy who has done well and he's coming back home to be the coach of Boise State, I think it's pretty cool," Simis said.

While this isn't Harsin's first time coaching the Broncos, he is the first head coach who was born and raised in the valley. He is also the first former Bronco player to coach the team.

We'll get the first chance to hear directly from Harsin in his press conference at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Boise State. You can watch that press conference right here on