Jay Boulware, who spent the last two seasons as Gene Chizik’s running backs/special teams coach at Iowa State, is the newest assistant to join Auburn’s staff.
The 36-year-old was hired as the Tigers’ special teams coordinator 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 in a release from the school. “Auburn has a wealth of history and tradition and combined with the outstanding staff Coach Chizik has already put together … I can’t wait to get started.”
Boulware joins offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, defensive assistant James Willis and running backs coach Curtis Luper on Chizik’s staff.
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Trooper Taylor, who spent last season as Oklahoma State’s co-offensive coordinator, could be next.
Taylor flew in an Auburn University jet from Stillwater, Okla., to Auburn-Opelika’s Robert G. Pitts Airport on Sunday to meet with Chizik. Luper, who coached running backs at Oklahoma State last year before being hired in the same capacity with the Tigers on Friday, was also on that flight.
Chizik and his coaches had a meeting Sunday evening to discuss recruiting, which enters a weeklong active period beginning today.
Auburn asked for and received permission from Oklahoma State to speak with Taylor last Friday. The 38-year-old joined Mike Gundy’s Cowboys staff this year, sharing offensive coordinator duties with Gunter Brewer.
“What can you do? Coaching changes happen after bowl games — and during recruiting,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. “When you bring guys in and they do a good job, people come after them. That’s just the way it is.”
Taylor is reportedly being courted by Tennessee and Miami as well.
He worked with the Volunteers for four years prior to joining Oklahoma State, coaching running backs from 2004-05 before moving to receivers from 2006-07.
He also has had stints at Baylor (1992-97) and Tulane (1999-03), working primarily as a wide receivers and running backs coach.
Boulware was an original member of Chizik’s staff at Iowa State, where in his second season as special teams coach, he helped the Cyclones finish 12th nationally in kickoff returns.
“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.”
A 1996 graduate of Texas, where he was a two-time letterman on the offensive line, Boulware began his coaching career there as a graduate assistant.
He moved to Northern Illinois from 1997-2000, recruiting All-American and future Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner.
Boulware also made coaching stops at Arizona (2001-03), Stanford (2004) and Utah (2005-06).
He has five years of special teams experience, coaching units at Iowa State, Utah and Arizona.