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Former Utah State football interim head coach Frank Maile hired by Boise State

20120320 Frank Maile Ryan Talbot Utah State Athletics Uploaded Images BlueBox 3
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Longtime Utah State assistant football coach Frank Maile, who had two stints as interim head coach, has found a new job, and it’ll be with a conference foe of the Aggies.

Maile, who was this fall at the center of major controversy as Utah State was hiring its new head coach to replace Gary Andersen, was hired Wednesday to be the new assistant head coach and defensive line coach at Boise State.

The Herald Journal’s Jason Turner was first to report the news of the hire.

The 38-year-old Maile will join Andy Avalos, who was hired as the Broncos’ new head coach Sunday following the departure of Bryan Harsin to Auburn.

The hire ends an incredibly tumultuous past few months for Maile. He was named the Aggies’ interim head coach in November 2020 after Gary Andersen was fired following a bad start to the season.

Utah State stumbled to a 1-5 record, but things got worse off the field prior to the final scheduled game of the season Dec. 12 against Colorado State.

As first reported by Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, a few days prior to the game, Utah State president Noelle Cockett allegedly made discriminatory statements during a Zoom meeting with the team about Maile’s candidacy for the head coaching job, particularly as it related to him being Polynesian and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Maile released a statement at that time calling for a “thorough and independent investigation of religious, cultural and racial discrimination” at Utah State.

The school is currently conducting an investigation into Cockett’s alleged comments.

Blake Anderson was hired as the program’s new head coach on Dec. 12 and Maile was not retained.

A graduate of Alta High School, Maile played at Utah State before joining the Aggies coaching staff in 2009. He stayed until leaving in 2014 to become the defensive line coach at Vanderbilt, but returned in 2016 to become assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.

Maile was named interim head coach for Utah State’s bowl game in 2018 after Matt Wells left to become head coach at Texas Tech, and returned to his role as assistant head coach when Andersen was hired shortly after.

In 2020 before becoming interim head coach, he held the titles of co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach in addition to assistant head coach.