Boise State hires Montana St. coordinator Kwiatkowski

Updated: January 19, 2006, 8:36 PM ET
Associated Press

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 Colorado.

"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.

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