GAINESVILLE, FL (University of Florida Communications) —Twenty-one year coaching veteran Jeff Choate has been hired as the
“We are excited to have Jeff Choate join our staff,” said Muschamp. “He is a high-energy coach, an outstanding recruiter and evaluator, and has a reputation as one of the top special-teams coaches in the nation. He has coached on both sides of the ball and was most recently a defensive coordinator. He sees the big picture and will be a great addition to our staff.
“I got to know Jeff several years ago when I as at
“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Gator staff and have the chance to compete at the highest level,” said Choate. “I’ve gotten to know Coach Muschamp over the past couple of years and have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a coach and a person. I’m looking forward to continuing the great special-teams tradition that has been established here and can’t wait to get to work.
“I would also like to thank everyone at UTEP, and most importantly Coach Kugler, for the support and opportunity they gave me. I wish him and the program nothing but the best of luck.”
Prior to spending the 2012 season as the linebackers coach at
Last season, Choate coached three linebackers to All-Pac 12 honorable mention honors (senior Travis Long, sophomore Cyrus Coen and freshman Darryl Monroe).
Choate also worked with nickelbacks in 2010 at Boise State, helping Winston Venable earn first team All-WAC honors as the Broncos rated second nationally in scoring defense (12.8 ppg) and total defense (254.7 ypg). In 2009 working with linebackers, he helped BSU rank 14th nationally in both total defense (300.2 ypg) and scoring defense (17.1 ppg). The Broncos led the WAC in six defensive statistical categories in 2009 – passing efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, pass defense, tackles for losses and sacks allowed.
As running backs coach at
In Choate’s lone season with
From 1997-2001, Choate was the head coach at Post Falls (Idaho) High School and also served as athletic director the final two years.
Choate graduated from Montana Western after a playing career as a linebacker. He and his wife, Janet, have one son, Jory, and one daughter, Jacy.
2013 UTEP (Defensive Coordinator)
1994-95 Challis HS (
Prominent Players Coached
· K KYLE BROTZMAN – Former walk-on went on to become the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with 439 career points (since surpassed). He finished with 67 career field goals and 238 PATs in four seasons. Also served as the punter, averaging 44.6 yards per punt in his career, a BSU school record.
· DB/PR KYLE WILSON –
· WR/KR TITUS YOUNG – Named First-Team All-WAC Special Teams Player in 2009 as a kick returner. Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 26.9 yards per kick return, 20th in the nation. Selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
· LB WINSTON VENABLE – First-Team All-WAC selection in 2010 and Second-Team All-WAC selection in 2009, totaling 116 tackles with 17.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks in his two seasons with the Broncos. Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2011.
· RB IAN JOHNSON – Ranks fifth all-time in WAC history with 4,183 rushing yards and set the WAC record for career touchdowns scored (58, since surpassed). Twice selected to the First-Team All-WAC (2006, 2007) and was an All-American in 2006 by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports.
NFL Players (Round Drafted)
FB Korey Hall (6th) – Boise State ’07 – Green Bay Packers FB Derek Schouman (7th) – Boise State ’07 – Buffalo Bills RB Ian Johnson (UFA) – Boise State ’09 – Minnesota Vikings DB Kyle Wilson (1st) – Boise State ’10 – New York Jets WR Titus Young (2nd) – Boise State ’11 – Detroit Lions LB Winston Venable (UFA) – Boise State ’11 – Chicago Bears DB Brandyn Thompson (7th) – Boise State ’11 – Washington Redskins
Bowl Games as a Coach