Cole Popovich is in his first year with Utah State's football program as a graduate assistant coach for the Aggies' offense. In his role, Popovich will assist the offensive coaches with daily football operations, primarily working with offensive line coach and assistant head coach Mark Weber.
Popovich comes to Utah State after spending the past two years as the offensive line coach at Fresno City College.
Prior to coming to Fresno City College, Popovich spent the 2010 season at LA Valley College as the offensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach. Prior to coaching at LA Valley, he was at Fresno Christian High School.
Popovich played offensive guard at Fresno State and was a unanimous selection for freshman All-American honors in 2004 by the Sporting News, Football Writers, College Football News and ESPN.com. Overall, he was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs and the first freshman ever to start under then head coach Pat Hill. As a junior in 2007, Popovich helped lead the Bulldogs to a 40-28 win against Georgia Tech in the 2007 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl
At Fresno State, he earned the Paul Schechter Courage Award, given to the Fresno State student-athlete who has overcome injuries or physical hardships.
Popovich graduated from Yosemite (Calif.) High School where he helped the Badgers to a 12-1 record and a Sequoia Division championship as he was a Fresno Bee All-Valley first-team selection.
Popovich, who earned his bachelor's degree from Fresno State in liberal studies in 2008, is married and has two sons.