Andy Avalos is in his third year as the defensive graduate assistant, joining the Colorado staff in January 2006, shortly after CU hired his college head coach, Dan Hawkins.
He works with most aspects of the defense, but specifically helps linebacker coach Brian Cabral with the outside linebackers.
Avalos, 25, was a teacher and coached football at his prep alma mater, Corona (Calif.) High School, prior to coming to CU.
He graduated with a degree in criminal justice in 2004 from Boise State University, where he lettered four times in football between 2001 and 2004. A three-year starter for the Broncos, Avalos earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors at outside linebacker as a junior and senior. He ended his career fourth all-time in tackles in BSU history with 355, including team-highs of 107 as a sophomore, 113 as a junior and 86 as a senior. He had a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown in BSU’s 44-40 loss to No. 10 Louisville in the 2004 Liberty Bowl, a game that Boise State entered undefeated and ranked No. 7 in the nation.
He was born November 5, 1981 in Corona, Calif., and graduated from Corona High School in 2000, where he lettered in football and baseball.