Kugler to take over Boise State's offensive line duties

Updated: January 25, 2006, 7:49 PM ET
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- Sean Kugler, a member of the Detroit Lions' coaching staff the past five seasons, was hired Wednesday as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Boise State University.

"We couldn't be more happy with this hire," said head coach Chris Petersen. "He's as detailed, technical and knowledgeable in the offensive line department as anyone I have been around."

Kugler served as the Lions' offensive line coach for the final five games of the 2005 NFL regular season, in which Detroit finished 5-11. The Lions fired head coach Steve Mariucci Nov. 27.

Prior to being named offensive line coach, Kugler coached the Lions' tight ends from 2001 to 2004 and was assistant offensive line coach from 2004 to 2005. He was on the coaching staff of his alma mater, the University of Texas-El Paso, for eight years prior to joining Detroit.

"I've been fortunate to coach at the high school, college and professional level and I got just as excited at the high school level as I did in the professional level," Kugler said Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to coming to Boise State because it's an exciting opportunity for me and my family."

Petersen was named the Broncos' new head coach Dec. 16 after Dan Hawkins was hired by the University of Colorado. Boise State finished the season 9-4 after losing to Boston College 27-21 in the MPC Computers Bowl Dec. 28.

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