Co-Special Teams Coord.
2001 Tight Ends
2002 Running Backs
2003 Running Backs
Special Teams Coordinator
1997-2000 Northern Illinois
1998-00 Co-Offensive Line
1997 Tight Ends
1994-95 Student Assistant
1996 Graduate Assistant
1994 Sun Bowl
1995 Sugar Bowl
1996 (1997) Fiesta Bowl
2005 Emerald Bowl
Jay Boulware is in his second year as Utah's tight ends coach and co-special teams coordinator. The tight ends played an important part in Utah's blocking schemes a year ago and also combined for seven receptions and two touchdowns. Boulware's primary role with the special teams is the return units. The kickoff return team finished second in the Mountain West Conference and 30th in the nation last year (22.1 average).
On an individual front, he helped freshman kicker returner Brent Casteel earn honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. Casteel averaged 23.2 yards on 20 returns.
Boulware's off-field role is just as important as his coaching, which was honed at schools like Texas, Arizona and Stanford. A native of Texas, Boulware was responsible for recruiting talent out of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metro-plex and east Texas last year. This year, he'll add central Texas as well.
His coaching career began while he was still a student-athlete at the University of Texas. The two-year letterman was diagnosed with arrhythmia before the 1993 season. No longer able to play, he became a student-assistant coach for the Longhorns and participated in that capacity in two bowl games: the 1994 Sun Bowl and 1995 Sugar Bowl. He spent the 1996 season as a Longhorn graduate assistant working with the tight ends. One of the players he coached--Pat Fitzgerald--was named a first-team All-American. The Texas tight ends caught 51 passes that year and helped the Longhorns win the Big XII championship, beat No. 3 Nebraska in the first Big XII Conference championship game and play Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl.
A year later, Boulware embarked on a full-time coaching career that would take him from Northern Illinois to Arizona and Stanford, before joining the Utah staff in 2005.
He spent the 1997-2000 seasons at Northern Illinois, coaching the tight ends for one season and earning a promotion to co-offensive line coach. In 2000, Boulware helped develop one the best offenses in college football as the Huskies ranked 12th in the nation in rushing and scoring and 19th in total offense. NIU's center, McAllister Collins, was named first-team all-Mid-American Conference. Ryan Diem, a three-year starter for Boulware, was a two-time all-MAC selection. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts in 2001.
Arizona lured Boulware away from NIU and he served a three-year tenure with the Wildcats. He coached the tight ends in 2001 and the running backs from 2002-03, including second-team all-conference running back Mike Bell. He was also the Wildcats' special teams coordinator in 2003. He spent the 2004 season at Stanford coaching the running backs.
DFW metro-plex, east Texas, central Texas
As an undergraduate at Texas, Boulware, lettered two years at offensive tackle. Slated to start in 1993, his career instead ended due to arrhythmia.
Bachelor's in economics
Hometown: Irving, Texas
Birthdate: Nov. 26, 1972
Family: Married to Chantay Sanders-Boulware.