This season was Kiesau’s first with the Crimson Tide after a season at Kansas, where he was wide receivers coach initially before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator and play-caller for the Jayhawks’ final five games last year. He was Washington’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach from 2012–13 after a year as California’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The 43-year-old Kiesau was Colorado’s offensive coordinator from 2009–10 following his two seasons as the Buffaloes’ quarterbacks coach. He was California’s wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator from ’02–05 and was an assistant at Utah State from ’00-01, first as running backs coach before moving to wide receivers his last season.
Kiesau was Oregon’s teamwork coordinator for four months in early 2000 after getting his start in coaching at Glendale (Calif.) Community College, where he played quarterback before finishing his career at Portland State in 1995. A Pasadena, Calif., native, he replaces former Fresno State offensive coordinator Dave Schramm, who was let go after a 3–9 campaign this year, which was marred by season-ending injuries to two quarterbacks who started games.
This season was only the first time Fresno State has not at least won a share of the Mountain West title or played in the league’s championship game during the highly respected DeRuyter’s tenure. He has a 29–23 record in his four seasons with the Bulldogs.