Longtime Boise State offensive line coach Chris Strausser, who totaled 12 seasons with the Broncos over two separate stints, joined head coach Chris Petersen on the Washington coaching staff prior to the start of the 2014 season. In 2016, Strausser will again serve as associate head coach and offensive line coach, his third season on the UW staff.
Last season, in 2015, Strausser coached an offensive line that, at one time or another, started four different freshmen, including true freshman Trey Adams, who started 10 out of 13 games at left tackle. Along the way, his line gelled to the point where it paved the way for freshman tailback Myles Gaskin to rush for 1,302 yards, including eight 100-yard games. As the season came to a close, the offense really hit its stride, averaging 513 yards and 26 first downs per game of the final four contests.
In 2014, his first season at Washington, Strausser helped coach an offense that scored the fourth-most points in Washington history. Two of his veteran linemen – Micah Hatchie and Colin Tanigawa – earned honorable mention All-Pac-12.
In 2013, Strausser completed his seventh season under Petersen, serving as associate head coach, o-line coach and run game coordinator. He'd also previously worked at Boise State from 2001 to 2005 under former Broncos coach Dan Hawkins.
After working as tight ends coach from 2007 through 2009, Strausser took over the offensive line in 2010. From 2010 through 2012, the Broncos were the only team in the nation ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA in fewest sacks allowed all three seasons. Boise State led the nation in that stat in 2011 (0.62 sacks per game) and was third in 2010 (0.62) and sixth in 2012 (0.77). Over those three years combined, only Air Force allowed fewer sacks per game than the Boise State, but the Broncos attempted 772 more passes than the Falcons.
Strausser has also put together a good run of offensive linemen earning postseason accolades. In 2013, Charles Leno Jr. earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference while Matt Paradis earned second-team honors.
In 2012, Paradis was a first-team selection while Leno and Brenel Myers both earned second-team.
In 2011, left tackle Nate Potter was a consensus All-America and was one of just two players named to the All-MWC first team as a unanimous selection.
Strausser also served as Boise State's o-line coach from 2001-05, during which four players earned All-Western Athletic Conference first-team honors. Among those were Daryn Colledge, a second-round NFL Draft pick, and Matt Hill, a fifth-round selection.
Strausser has also worked as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Colorado (2006), as offensive line coach/run game coordinator at Portland State (2000) along with positions at Oregon State, San Jose State, Sonoma State, Foothill College and Menlo College.
A 1989 graduate of Chico State, with a bachelor's degree in physical education, he also earned a master's in education from Oregon State in 1991. Strausser and his wife Cathy have two daughters, Maeve and Sarah.
• 2014-2016 – Washington – Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line
• 2010-2013 – Boise State – Offensive Line /Run Game Coordinator
• 2007-2009 – Boise State – Tight Ends/Run Game Coordinator
• 2006 – Colorado – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
• 2001-2005 – Boise State – Offensive Line
• 2000 – Portland State – Offensive Line /Run Game Coordinator
• 1997-1999 – Foothill College – Offensive Coordinator
• 1995-1996 – San Jose State – Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
• 1993-1994 – Portland State – Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
• 1992 – Sonoma State – Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends/Special Teams Coord.
• 1990-1991 – Oregon State – Graduate Assistant
• 1989 – Menlo College – Wide Receivers/Tight Ends