Dave Boller Joins Football Staff in Player Personnel Role
TEMPE, Ariz.- Sun Devil Football continues to add experience to the support staff with the addition of Dave Boller as a Player Personnel Assistant.
It would be an understatement to say Boller is familiar with the university and the football program, as he attended Arizona State as a student (1980-1984), was the Assistant Equipment Manager (1985-1987), then rose to the Football Operations/Assistant to Head Coach position for seven years (1988-1995) on the staff of both Larry Marmie and Bruce Snyder.
"Being a native Arizonan and having spent the first 15 of my almost 40-year career at ASU, both as a student and as a football staff member, I could not be more pleased to be returning home," says Boller. "I cannot imagine a better place to be. I first met Coach Herm Edwards in Tampa Bay when I was a young scout and I have always admired his love for the game of football and his enthusiasm for the players. I am so excited to begin working with Coach Edwards and Andy Vaughn at ASU. My family and I appreciate the opportunity that Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson, Deputy Athletics Director Jean Boyd and Coach Edwards have given me."
Prior to his return to Tempe, Boller was most recently the Assistant Director of Player Personnel with the Dallas Renegades of the XFL. He also served as the General Manager of the San Diego Fleet in the AAF during the 2019 campaign.
Boller was last at the collegiate level during the 2017-2018 season, when he was the Director of Player Personnel at Syracuse. During his one season, the Orange gave the ACC Champion Clemson Tigers one of their only two losses of the season, the other being in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. Boller had his hand in recruiting the Freshman All-American Safety Andre Cisco and placekicker Andre Smyzt, a unanimous All-American and the first Syracuse player to win the Lou Groza Award.
From 2015 to 2017, Boller was the Director of High School Relations for the University of Louisville. With the Cardinals, he evaluated prospects for the football team. During his time at Louisville, Boller identified and recruited several high-level prospects. He was part of the recruitment of four-star Under Armour All-American defensive back Russ Yeast, four-star Under Armour All-American defensive back C.J. Avery, four-star running back Colin Wilson, U.S. Army All American quarterback Jawon Pass, four-star wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, cornerback and current Green Bay Packer Jaire Alexander. Most notably, he was involved in identifying quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy Winner and only the second unanimous MVP in league history.
Boller spent the 2013-2014 season with the New York Jets as an Area Scout scanning the western half of the country, with a concentration on Offensive Lineman and Defensive Linemen prospects countrywide.
For two seasons (2007-2009) Boller was the Assistant Pro Director for the Detroit Lions. He provided evaluation of active NFL players and available free agents, recommended placement players, and assisted in the discussions and signings of free agents and trades.
Before joining the Lions, Boller added to his impressive resume filled with scouting and recruiting, serving Regional Scout for the St. Louis Rams from 2004 to 2007. His three years in with the Rams consisted of scouting the western half of the country, with an emphasis on the Pac 10, Big 12, and WAC.
He also was a National Scout for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1998 to 2004. In his role grading and ranking all quarterbacks and running backs, he assisted in the drafting of of Pro Bowlers Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook, as well as Pro Bowlers Corey Simon, Lito Shepherd, Michael Owens, and Shawn Andrews. Boller was a part of the remarkable team that won a minimum of eleven games in each season (2000-2004), including four first place finishes in the East Division. Boller's final go around with the Eagles resulted in a trip to the Super Bowl, in a matchup against the New England Patriots.
Boller got his start in scouting at the NFL level, leaving Arizona State to become a Professional College Scout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1995 to 1998. During his time with the Buccaneers, the front office drafted four Pro Bowlers in Mike Alsott, Donnie Abraham, Warrick Dunn, and Ronde Barber.
The Mountain View (Mesa) High School alum resides in the valley with his wife, former Sun Devil Club employee Jill Boller.