CALDWELL, Idaho — After 35 years without a football team, the College of Idaho must be thinking that an exciting offense will be the best way to reintroduce itself to fans.
With that in mind C of I has hired UC Davis assistant Mike Moroski to be its head coach. Moroski, a former Aggie and NFL quarterback, will begin immediately as the Coyotes prepare to begin play in 2014 as a member of the NAIA’s Frontier conference.
“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.”
A Novato native and a member of the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame, Moroski quarterbacked UCD from 1975-78, setting several school records and earning Far West Conference Player of the Year honors in 1977-78. He led the Aggies to the Division II national semifinals in 1977 and was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1979 NFL draft.
After spending eight seasons as a backup signal-caller with the Falcons, Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers, Moroski returned to UCD to coach the junior varsity team in 1988. He has been on the Aggies coaching staff for the past 24 seasons, 17 of them as the team’s offensive coordinator.
During his time running the offense, UCD made three trips to the D-II quarterfinals and reached the semifinals four times. In 2000, Moroski’s offense averaged 47 points per game, ranking second in D-II, while in 2001, his offense averaged 41 points and 511 yards per game, helping Moroski earn D-II National Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen, who played quarterback for the Aggies and later coached alongside Moroski at Davis, was happy to welcome another UCD coach to Idaho:
“I’ve known Mike Moroski for three decades and we began our coaching careers together at Davis. 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.”