Printed on: January 10, 2013

UC Davis assistant takes reins for 'Yotes

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com

CALDWELL -- The College of Idaho's extensive search for a football coach turned on one conversation between Athletic Director Marty Holly and Boise State football coach Chris Petersen.

Petersen recommended longtime UC Davis assistant coach Mike Moroski, who had not even applied for the position.

College of Idaho introduced Moroski on Wednesday as the man who will revive the Coyotes' long-dormant football program.

"Many times good things come to you if you just work hard and do things the right way," Moroski said, "so I really feel like that's what happened here. ... This was, I think, what fits me the best. In fact, I'd almost say that it's perfect."

The Coyotes will make their debut Aug. 30, 2014, against Eastern Oregon at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell. Their first class of recruits will arrive in the fall and spend their first year practicing and attending classes.

College of Idaho will compete in the NAIA Frontier Conference.

Moroski, 55, had coached at UC Davis since 1987. Like Petersen, he is a former Davis quarterback. They worked together on the Davis staff, worked out together during Petersen's senior year at Davis (Moroski was an NFL backup from 1979 to 1986) and have spent some time talking about offensive ideas over the years.

Moroski was the Davis assistant head coach in 2011-12. He previously served as offensive coordinator (1993-2010) and coached every offensive position group during his tenure.