Lyle Setencich

Lyle Setencich (born June 4, 1945) is a former American football player and coach. He was the head coach at Boise State University from 1983 to 1986 and at California Polytechnic State University from 1987 to 1993, compiling a career college football record of 65–49–2 (.569).

Lyle Setencich
Biographical details
Born (1945-06-04) June 4, 1945 (age 75)
Reedley, California
Playing career
1963–1964College of the Sequoias
1965–1966Fresno State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1982Boise State (DC)
1983–1986Boise State
1987–1993Cal Poly
1994Pacific (PA) (DC)
1995–1996Arizona State (LB)
1997–2001California (AHC/DC/LB)
2003–2007Texas Tech (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall65–49–2 (college)
Tournaments1–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Western Football Conference (1990)

Early yearsEdit

Born in Reedley, California, Setencich attended Washington High School in Fresno. After graduation in 1963, he played two years of junior college football at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Setencich transferred to Fresno State, where he was a two-year letterman and graduated with a degree in biological sciences (and physical education) in 1967 and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

High school coachEdit

Setencich began his coaching career as a high school assistant at alma mater Washington in 1969, then at Mount Diablo (1970–73) in Concord in the East Bay Area. He was then a head coach at Albany (1974–75) and San Ramon Valley (1976–79) in Danville.

College coachEdit

Setencich moved to collegiate coaching in 1980 as the defensive coordinator at Boise State under head coach Jim Criner. He helped lead BSU to the Big Sky title and the Division I-AA national championship in his first season and the semifinals in 1981. When Criner departed after the 1982 season for Iowa State, Setencich was promoted to head coach.[1][2][3] He posted a 24–20 (.545) record in four seasons; his last in 1986 was the first losing campaign (5–6) for the program in four decades.

He resigned following the season and immediately became head coach at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he led the Division II program to a 41–29–2 (.583) mark in seven seasons (1987–1993). Setencich later coached at Pacific (1994) under Chuck Shelton, Arizona State (1995–1996) under Bruce Snyder, and California (1997–2001) under Tom Holmoe.[4] In 2003, he became defensive coordinator at Texas Tech under head coach Mike Leach. During his fifth season, he resigned from that position for personal reasons on September 23, 2007.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Boise State Broncos (Big Sky Conference) (1983–1986)
1983 Boise State 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
1984 Boise State 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
1985 Boise State 7–4 5–2 3rd
1986 Boise State 5–6 3–4 5th
Boise State: 24–20 16–12
Cal Poly Mustangs (Western Football Conference) (1987–1992)
1987 Cal Poly 7–3 3–3 T–3rd
1988 Cal Poly 5–4–1 3–3 4th
1989 Cal Poly 5–5 1–4 6th
1990 Cal Poly 10–2 4–1 T–1st L Division II Quarterfinal
1991 Cal Poly 4–6 2–3 4th
1992 Cal Poly 4–5–1 2–3 T–4th
Cal Poly Mustangs (American West Conference) (1993)
1993 Cal Poly 6–4 1–3 T–4th
Cal Poly: 41–29–2 16–20
Total: 65–49–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Iowa State tabs BSU's Criner to take over head football post". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. January 30, 1983. p. 6C.
  2. ^ "Setencich to replace Criner at BSU". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. January 31, 1983. p. 6B.
  3. ^ "Boise State's coach moves to Iowa State". New York Times. Associated Press. January 30, 1983. p. 5008. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Player Bio: Lyle Setencich". The University of California Official Athletic Site. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "Texas Tech defensive coordinator Setencich steps down". ESPN. Associated Press. September 23, 2007. Retrieved October 13, 2011.