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C of I football hires Jewell as defensive coordinator

College of Idaho head football coach Mike Moroski has announced the hiring of Chris Jewell as the Coyotes' defensive coordinator.

“I am very excited to announce the hiring of Chris Jewell as our defensive coordinator,” Moroski said. “Coach Jewell is a great person and a very detailed and thorough teacher. In addition, he embraces the standards of excellence of The College of Idaho, our athletic department, and the football program.” 

Jewell joins the C of I staff after spending the past two seasons as the defensive backs coach at Division II Fort Lewis College in Colorado, working under the tutelage of John L. Smith.

“I am excited to be a part of building a program from the ground up and creating something special here at The College of Idaho,” Jewell said. “We will field a defense that will be fundamentally sound and tough.”

Jewell spent time in the California junior ranks, coaching at both Southwestern College and San Diego Mesa College. He also has coached at the University of Ottawa in Canada and with the Nidaros Domers of the Norwegian American Football Federation.

“I believe that a commitment to excellence, establishing relationships and hard work provide the foundations for success,” Jewell said. “I believe that the game of football teaches life-lessons and prepares student-athletes to be successful on and off the field.”

Jewell earned All-Conference honors at SDMC as a player in 1998, before transferring to the University of Idaho. He finished his collegiate career at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he also earned All-Conference honors.

Moroski’s staff at the C of I now includes Jewell, offensive coordinator Tim Keane and special teams coordinator Chris Petrilli. The Coyotes begin their first season of competition since 1977 on Sept. 6 at Pacific University. To learn more about Coyote football, visit

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