BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Montana State defensive coordinator Pete
Kwiatkowski has accepted the job of defensive line coach at his
alma mater, Boise State.
Under Kwiatkowski, the MSU defense has been the best in the Big
Sky Conference for four of the past five seasons.
"The defense will be strong next year," Kwiatkowski said
Wednesday. "They're gonna forget all about me."
A former Boise State All-American, Kwiatkowski arrived at MSU
with current coach Mike Kramer in 2000, inheriting a struggling
defense. Under his coaching, the Bobcats led the Big Sky in total
defense in 2001, 2002, 2003 and again in 2005.
Kramer said, "The achievements of Pete and his defensive staff
go down in the history of Montana State and the Big Sky Conference
as the new standard."
Kwiatkowski will be joining the staff of new coach Chris
Petersen, who is taking over after Dan Hawkins left for the job at
"I am extremely excited to bring Pete back home to Boise
because he is a true Bronco," Petersen said. "He is an awesome
football coach, an expert at defensive line play and he brings a
lot of experience with his coordinator position the last six years
at Montana State."
Kramer said Kwiatkowski's performance as an assistant coach went
beyond yards allowed.
"The impact he made on the young men in this program now
extends to the Boise State program, and will grow and be more
appreciated as the years pass," Kramer said. "He's made such a
huge impact on this league at two different schools. He was one of
the best defensive players in league history at Boise State and he
built the best defense in league history at Montana State. His
impact on this league will be lasting."
Kwiatkowski, 39, has coached at Boise State (1988-96), Snow
College (1997-98), Eastern Washington, under Kramer, (1999) and
Montana State (2000-2005). He was a first team all-Big Sky
Conference choice at Boise State and earned All-America honors in
1987. He is a member of the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame.