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Former NFL quarterback named head football coach

The College of Idaho has named Mike Moroski, a former NFL quarterback and longtime coach at the University of California-Davis, as the 17th head football coach in its program history.

Moroski helped lead the UC Davis Aggies to eight NCAA Division II postseason appearances during 17 years as offensive coordinator and most recently served as the football program’s assistant head coach. He will assume head coaching responsibilities at the C of I immediately and prepare the College’s newly reinstated football program to return to play in fall 2014 as a member of the NAIA’s Frontier Conference. Watch video of the news conference and an interview with Moroski below, see photos from the event on the College's Flickr page or visit the C of I football site for more information.

"I am very honored and extremely excited to begin work as the new head football coach at The College of Idaho,” Moroski said. “I look forward to constructing a program that demands excellence on and off the field – a program that will cultivate smart, courageous and hard-working student athletes with bright futures.

“My primary goal will be to build an elite and competitive program that The College of Idaho, the city of Caldwell, the surrounding region and entire state of Idaho can be very proud of.”

Moroski has served in several coaching roles at Davis, including every offensive position group, since 1989. During his time as offensive coordinator, the Aggies made three trips to the national quarterfinals and four trips to the national semifinals. In 2000, Moroski’s offense averaged 47 points per game, ranking second in Division II, while in 2001, his offense averaged 41 points and 511 yards per game, helping Moroski earn Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year honors.    

“We are excited to welcome a coach with the character and track record of success that Mike Moroski possesses,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “Mike has played or coached through 26 winning seasons, and even more importantly, he is committed to The College of Idaho’s educational mission and making sure our football players graduate with an outstanding liberal arts education.”

A native of Novato, Calif., Moroski played quarterback at Davis from 1975-78, earning Far West Conference Player of the Year honors in both 1977 and 1978, and leading the Aggies to the 1977 Division II national semifinals. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1979 NFL Draft, and played for eight years as a backup quarterback with the Falcons, Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers. Moroski graduated from Davis with a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics and has a master’s in educational psychology. 

C of I Athletic Director Marty Holly cited Moroski’s passion for coaching and mentoring student-athletes as strengths he will bring as coach of the Coyote football program.

“Mike demands that his student-athletes strive for excellence on and off the field,” Holly said. “That’s what we were looking for in our head coach, and I’m confident that Mike will lay a successful foundation for the College’s football team and make it a positive addition for our campus and the Treasure Valley as a whole.”

Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen, who coached alongside Moroski at Davis, commended the choice of Moroski to lead the C of I football program.

“I’ve known Mike Moroski for three decades and we began our coaching careers together at Davis,” Petersen said. “The College of Idaho has made an excellent choice in naming Mike to lead their new program, giving countless Idaho student-athletes an opportunity to play college football for a character-driven teacher of the game.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.

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