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Avalos brings Division I experience to Loper coaching staff
Dan Lenzen
Antelope Staff

From Boise, Idaho, to Boulder, Colo., to Kearney. For some people that may seem like a strange path, but for UNK defensive line coach, Andy Avalos, that is the path his football coaching career has taken him.

Avalos, in his first year as the head defensive line coach at UNK, came here from the University of Colorado. He actually began coaching after his playing career at Boise State University from 2000 to 2004, where he played linebacker.

He moved on as a graduate assistant under Dan Hawkins at CU before he came to UNK after being offered his first full-time coaching position under Head Coach Darrell Morris.

“Coach Morris offered me my first full-time coaching position; I was a graduate assistant at Colorado. I had heard a bunch of good things about UNK football and Coach Crocker, the defensive coordinator,” Avalos said.

Avalos said he wanted to get into coaching because he loves the game of football and missed not being able to play it anymore. “I coach because I enjoyed playing the game so much. As a coach, I miss the opportunity to suit up on game day, but I don’t miss fall camp and the double days,” Avalos said.

Avalos said what he misses most about playing is game day, and being around the guys he played with at Boise State. “As a college football player, you spend so much time around your teammates both on and off the field, and because of that, you become good friends with your teammates. I miss the good times we had on game days and the laughs and fun times off the field.”

For Avalos, there are many positives and very few negatives about coaching collegiate football, but just like with every job coaching presents challenges. Avalos said one of the aspects of coaching he enjoys most is being around all the other coaches, the players and all the different personalities.

There are a few negatives, but they are very few. “There is not much I dislike about coaching. The working hours are long during the fall, but I enjoy what I do so the 13-hour days— I don’t mind,” Avalos said.

Avalos said there are some differences at the Division II level from Division I, but overall it’s just football and there are a lot of similarities. In the end, the game is still the same. “Football is football. There are differences in the everyday operations from Division I to Division II mainly due to the differences in the size of the staff, but as a whole it’s very similar."

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