Mike Moroski introduced as Yotes head football coach

Mike Moroski introduced as Yotes head football coach
As reported Tuesday night on KBOI 2 News, Mike Moroski was officially introduced Wednesday as the 17th head football coach in College of Idaho history.

School president Dr. Marv Henberg brought Moroski to the podium in front of athletic department staff and supporters by saying, "[Moroski] had the privilege of throwing a touchdown pass to Jerry Rice, which ain't half-bad," he quipped.

"I can tell you that other coaches in the Frontier Conference and Northwest Conference who are the main competitors for the type of player we want, don't have coaches who did that."

Moroski spent eight seasons in the NFL before returning to coach at alma mater UC Davis in 1988. He since coached every offensive position, most recently leading the running backs as assistant head coach, and applied to replace Bob Biggs who retired after the 2012 season - a job which eventually went to Ron Gould.

"Sometimes new opportunities are not only better than you think, but better than anything else," Moroski said. "I think here at the College of Idaho, starting the program fits uniquely as very, very special."

The Yotes don't begin play officially until August 30, 2014 but the school has already been contacted by hundreds of potential athletes for more information, athletic director Marty Holly told KBOI-TV.

For Moroski, the chance to mold those 'young men' for critical situations is what stands out about his chosen profession.

"I want to teach guys, train guys and be excellent at the process of X's and O's and motivating - and almost de-emphasize winning and losing," Moroski said Wednesday. "The goal is that young men perform really, really well in the most critical situations, and if you're able to get to that point then good things happen - meaning winning takes care of itself."

Moroski entered the application process after Holly called Boise State coach Chris Petersen for advice. Petersen and Moroski trained together in the final year of Moroski's NFL career and Petersen's senior season at UC Davis, before coaching on the Davis staff together until 1992.

Petersen was unavailable for comment Wednesday, but did offer a statement through the College of Idaho.

“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,” he said.

Finding an established local football mind for his coaching staff is important, Moroski said. He wants to hit the ground running and be able to connect with the gem state's best football talent immediately.

He'll also play a key role in fundraising for the program, which has raised about $500,000 of the necessary $4 million it will take to get Yotes football on the field in 2014.

"I think he will be an asset," Holly said. "He wants to get involved and you can see he doesn't have an ego. He's likable and that's important in fundraising."

Yotes football will take the field August 30, 2014 in Caldwell's Simplot Stadium as a member of the NAIA's Frontier Conference.