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Pete Kwiatkowski was named defensive coordinator on Dec. 30, 2013. In 2016, he continues in that same role for a third straight season.
In 2015, his second on Montlake, Kwiatkowski took charge of the top defense in the Pac-12 Conference, despite having lost five starters to the NFL after the 2015 season. His unit led the Pac-12 in scoring defense (18.8 points per game) and total defense (351.8 yards per game) and was second in rushing defense (125.3 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (115.9). The Huskies were also tops in the league in opponent first downs and red-zone defense.
In his first year as a Husky coach, Kwiatkowski helped lead a UW defense that featured three Associate Press first-team All-America selections in Hau'oli Kikaha, Danny Shelton and Shaq Thompson. Washington finished the season second in the nation in sacks, fifth in fumble recoveries, ninth in turnover margin and 26th in takeaways. Additionally, the UW led the NCAA-FBS with seven defensive touchdowns.
Kwiatkowski came to Washington from Boise State, where he'd completed his fourth season as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2013.
Kwiatkowski, a member of the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame, spent 16 overall seasons as a member of the Broncos’ coaching staff – eight since returning to coach at his alma mater in 2006. He was the defensive line coach prior to being elevated to defensive coordinator in 2010.
As Boise State’s defensive coordinator, the Broncos led the Western Athletic and Mountain West Conferences in total defense and scoring defense in each of his first three seasons and were third and second, respectively, in 2013. Kwiatkowski’s defenses have not only excelled within the conference, but have been ranked among the best nationally.
In his first three seasons of guiding the defense, the Broncos were one of seven teams to rank among the nation’s top 25 in total defense. They were second nationally in 2010, 16th in 2011 and 12th in 2012. In that same span, opponents averaged just 297.1 yards per game, making the Broncos one of six teams to allow less than 300 yards per game.
Kwiatkowski-led defenses allowed 18.0 points per game in four seasons. The Broncos ranked second-nationally in scoring defense in 2010 (12.8 ppg), 12th in 2011 (18.7), eighth in 2012 (15.8) and 50th in 2013 (24.8).
In 2010, his debut season as defensive coordinator, the Broncos finished second-nationally in both total defense and scoring defense, allowing just 254.7 yards per game and 12.8 points per game. Boise State also led the nation in sacks (3.7), ranked second in the country in both tackles-for-loss (8.4) and pass efficiency defense (95.2), fourth-nationally in pass defense (150.9) and seventh-nationally in rushing defense (103.8) - leading the WAC in each category. Eight different student-athletes earned All-WAC recognition, five of which garnered first-team accolades.
In 2011, the Broncos' debut season in the Mountain West, Boise State ranked 12th-nationally in scoring defense (18.7), 16th-nationally in total defense (320.9) and 17th-nationally in rushing defense (110. 0) -leading the league in each category. Following the 2011 season six members of the Broncos' defensive unit earned all-conference recognition, including each of Kwiatkowski's four starting defensive linemen.
In 2012, despite losing nine starters, Boise State ranked fifth-nationally in both pass defense (169.5) and pass efficiency defense (101.4), eighth-nationally in scoring defense (15.8), 11th-nationally in sacks (2.9) and 12th-nationally in total defense (315.6). The Broncos ranked fourth nationally forcing 36 turnovers and led the nation with 18 fumble recoveries.
They also picked off 18 passes to rank 12th nationally. The Broncos placed four of their defensive players on the All-MW First Team in 2012, a mark that led the league.
The 2013 Broncos’ squad ranked second in the conference in points allowed (24.8), second in interceptions (16), third in total defense (413.4), third in pass efficiency defense (129.7) and fourth in sacks (30). The Broncos placed two defensive player on the MW first team, including defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who led the league in sacks per game (0.88) and was 10th nationally with 10.5 overall. He also led the conference in tackles for loss with 20.5 (1.71 per game) and ranked third nationally.
From 2006-09, Kwiatkowski's served as defensive line coach and helped elevate Boise State to a higher success at the national level.
In 2009 Boise State owned one of the nation's top defenses, ranking in the top 20 and leading the WAC in a number of categories. The Broncos ranked 13th-nationally in pass efficiency defense (103.42), 14th-nationally in both total defense (300.2) and scoring defense (17.1) and 19th-nationally in tackles for loss (19). The Broncos also led the conference in pass defense (179.9).
Nationally, the Broncos finished 2008 ranked No. 2 in pass defense, No. 3 in scoring defense (12.6) and No. 20 in total defense (308.2), and also led the WAC in pass efficiency defense (94.4).
In 2006 the Broncos were nationally-ranked in total defense (12th), scoring defense (25th), sacks (26th) and rushing defense (35th). Nationally in 2006, Boise State was eighth in rushing defense, 14th in total defense, 20th in scoring defense and 28th in sacks.
Prior to returning to Boise State, Kwiatkowski spent six seasons as Montana State's defensive coordinator. Under Kwiatkowski’s direction, the Bobcats' defense allowed a league-best 332.2 yards per game in 2005 and led the Big Sky Conference in passing defense, allowing just 165.6 yards per game. The Bobcats gave up only 22.8 points per game to rank second in scoring defense. MSU also led the Big Sky in total defense three other times - in 2001 (358.0), in 2002 (306.8) and in 2003 (298.4).
Montana State qualified for the I-AA playoffs in 2002 and 2003, the team's first postseason appearances since 1984. The Bobcats also beat in-state rival Montana in three of Kwiatkowski’s last four seasons at the school.
Kwiatkowski began his coaching career as an assistant at Boise State after an All-America and Hall-of-Fame playing career with the Broncos. He coached for eight seasons (1988-96) under three different head coaches in his first stint. He mentored defensive backs, outside linebackers and the defensive line during that time.
Following the 1996 season Kwiatkowski moved to Snow Junior College in Utah, where he was the co-defensive coordinator and line coach for one season. He then coached at Eastern Washington for two seasons.
Kwiatkowski was a standout defensive lineman for the Broncos from 1984-87 and earned four first-team All-America awards in 1987. He was also honorable mention Associated Press All-America in 1986. He was named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year in 1987, received first-team All-Big Sky honors in 1986 and 1987 and was named all-conference honorable mention as a sophomore in 1985.
Kwiatkowski was inducted into the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Kwiatkowski graduated from Boise State in 1990. He and his wife Lara have three daughters, Shelby, Riley and Olivia.
• 2014-2016 – Washington – Defensive Coordinator
• 2010-2013 – Boise State – Defensive Coordinator
• 2006-2009 – Boise State – Defensive Line
• 2000-2005 – Montana State – Defensive Coordinator
• 1998-1999 – Eastern Washington – Defensive Line
• 1997 – Snow Junior College – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
• 1988-1996 – Boise State – Defensive Backs/Outside Linebackers/Defensive Line