Jay Boulware
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Special teams Coordinator
Tight ends coach
Team Oklahoma Sooners
Conference Big 12
Biographical details
Born November 26 1972 (1972-11-26) (age 47)
Place of birth Irving, Texas
Playing career
1991-1992 University of Texas
Position(s) Offensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Texas (GA/TE)
Northern Illinois (TE/co-OL)
Arizona (TE/RB/ST)
Stanford (RB)
Utah (TE/co-ST)
Iowa State (RB/ST)
Auburn (ST/TE)
Career player statistics (if any)'

Jay Boulware (born November 26, 1972 in Irving, Texas) is an American college football assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, serving as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach under head coach Bob Stoops. He has spent over a decade as an assistant coach, primarily in the Big 12 and Pac 10 conferences.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Boulware earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas in 1996. He is married to Chantay Sanders-Boulware, with whom he has one daughter, Jordin.

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

The coaching career of Jay Boulware began while he was still a student-athlete at the University of Texas. After two years as a backup offensive tackle, Boulware was slated to start in 1993 before his career ended after being diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia. No longer able to play, he became a student-assistant coach for the Longhorns before becoming a graduate assistant working with the tight ends in 1996.

Boulware received his first full time position coaching tight ends at Northern Illinois University, where after one season he was promoted to co-offensive line coach. During his four years at NIU, Boulware helped develop one of the best offenses in the nation as the Huskies ranked 12th in the nation in both rushing and scoring and 19th in total offense. In 2001, Boulware was lured away as tight ends coach for John Mackovic at Arizona. Boulware was also put in charge of special teams for the first time in his career and the following season his Wildcats kick returns unit finished ranked 4th in the nation. Upon the firing of Mackovic, Boulware left to join the Stanford staff as the running backs coach. In the summer months of 2004, Boulware honed his coaching skills working with the San Francisco 49ers as a participant in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.

After Urban Meyer left for the Florida job, newly promoted Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham brought in Boulware to fill the vacant position coaching tight ends. He also served as co-special teams coordinator where he oversaw the nation's top ranked punting.

He left the Utes to join Gene Chizik's staff at Iowa State in 2007, serving as running backs coach and special teams coordinator. In Boulware's first season, newcomer tailbacks Alexander Robinson and J.J. Bass both posted a pair of 100-yard games. The performances marked the first time two different Cyclone running backs topped the century barrier twice in a single season since 2002. ISU's special teams finished second in the Big 12 in punting during 2008. The Cyclones also improved to 12th nationally in kickoff returns after ranking 109th the previous season.

When Chizik left to take the head coach position at Auburn, he brought Boulware along. On January 4, 2009, it was announced Boulware would serve as special teams coordinator as well as fill the vacant spot coaching tight ends. While special teams struggled due to depth issues during the 2009 season, junior college transfer Demond Washington ended the season ranked 6th in the nation in kickoff returns (averaging over 31 yards per return). In 2011, Auburn led the SEC in kickoff returns with freshman Tre Mason ranked 15th in the nation.

Players coached[edit | edit source]

Boulware has served as position coach for a number of prominent players over his career. While still an assistant at Texas, one of the players he coached (Pat Fitzgerald) was named a first-team All-American. At NIU, Ryan Diem, a three-year starter for Boulware, was a two-time all-MAC selection and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2001. He was joined by another all-MAC player in McAllister Collins. Boulware was also responsible for recruiting current Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner to Northern Illinois.

While at Arizona, Boulware coached second-team all-PAC10 running back Mike Bell who played in the NFL for 5 seasons from 2006-2011. At Utah, he helped freshman kick returner Brent Casteel earn honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from Sporting News, averaging over 23 yards per return. While at Iowa State, he coached another standout freshman kickoff returner, Leonard Johnson, to a top-20 national performance. The Rivals.com second-team Freshman All-American kick returner was the 2nd leading returner in his class after gaining 1055 yards, averaging over 26 yards per return. With 319 kickoff return yards against Oklahoma State, Johnson set an NCAA FBS single-game record.

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