JONESBORO, Ark. (12/31/12) — Arkansas State head football coach Bryan Harsin announced Monday that Bush Hamdan has been named an assistant coach for the Red Wolves. Hamdan will be an offensive assistant coach and appointed to oversee a specific position at a later date.
Hamdan most recently spent the 2012 season as wide receivers coach at the University of Florida, helping guide the Gators to an 11-1 record and a No. 3 ranking in the BCS standings. He will also help coach Florida against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl on January 2.
Hamdan spent the 2011 season as tight ends coach at Sacramento State and the 2010 campaign as a coaching intern on the Maryland staff, but will be reunited with Harsin for the first time since playing quarterback at Boise State from 2005-08 while Harsin was the Broncos' offensive coordinator.
"Coach Hamdan played quarterback for me at Boise State, and I had the opportunity to become very familiar with his outstanding knowledge and understanding of the game," said Harsin. "He gained valuable experience as wide receivers coach at the University of Florida this year, and he did a terrific job as a member of their coaching staff to help them get to a BCS bowl game. We are excited to welcome Coach Hamdan to our program and the Arkansas State University family."
Hamdan's lone season at Maryland saw the squad produce a 9-4 record, including a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the 2010 Military Bowl. As a senior quarterback under Harsin at Boise State, Hamdan won the 2008 Bronco Excellence Award.
The Gaithersburg, Md., native graduated from Boise State with a bachelor's in communications in 2008. He went on to complete his master's in athletic administration from Idaho State.
A highly-decorated high school quarterback, Hamdan was a member of the Super 44 Prep Team and All-Metro in Washington, D.C. During his prep career, he passed for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.