Jeff Choate was named defensive line coach and special teams coordinator on Dec. 30, 2013. He reunites with Chris Petersen after spending the previous two seasons at Florida and Washington State.
In 2013, Choate served as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Florida. The Gators ranked second in the SEC in total defense (314.2) and pass defense (171.8), while they ranked third in rush defense (142.4) and points allowed (21.1). He joined Florida in April after spending the spring as defensive coordinator at UTEP
Choate served as linebackers coach at Washington State in 2012. The Cougars were eighth nationally in tackles for loss (7.7 per game) and 11th in sacks (2.9 per game).
From 2006-2011, Choate was an assistant at Boise State in several roles. He served as special teams coordinator all six years and also spent time coaching running backs (2006-08), linebackers (2009) and nicklebacks (2010-11). Boise State ranked in the top-25 nationally in kickoff returns three times (2007, 10th; 2009 4th; 2010, 23rd ) under Choate, and in the top-25 in punt returns four times (2007, 22nd; 2008, 20th; 2010, 16th; 2011, 18th).
Among his protégés was Kyle Brotzman, the highest-scoring kicker in school and conference history (439 points) and Boise State’s career leader in punting (44.6). He also coached Kyle Wilson, who led the country in punt return touchdowns (3) and ranked 12th in punt return average (14.2) in 2008.
Coaching nicklebacks, Choate tutored All-WAC first team selection Winston Venable in 2010. The Broncos ranked second nationally in scoring defense (12.8) and total defense (254.7) that season.
Working with the linebackers in 2009, the Broncos were 14th nationally in total defense (300.2) and scoring defense (17.1). The team led the WAC in six defensive statistical categories that year, including passing efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, pass defense, tackles for loss and sacks.
As running backs coach, he was instrumental in the development of Ian Johnson, who is the Western Athletic Conference all-time leader with 58 rushing touchdowns. Johnson amassed 4,183 yards in a Bronco uniform, second all-time in school history. He led the nation in rushing touchdowns (25) and scoring (152) in 2006.
Prior to joining Boise State, Choate served as special teams coach at Eastern Illinois (2005) and Utah State (2003-04). In his lone season at Eastern Illinois, the Panthers finished first in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Choate began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Utah State, working with the defensive line and the safeties.
From 1997-2001, Choate was the head coach at Post Falls (Idaho) High School and also served as athletic director his final two years. He also coached at the Idaho high school level at Twin Falls and Challis.
Choate earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Montana in 1993, where he played linebacker.
He and his wife, Janet, have one son, Jory, and a daughter, Jacy.
• 2014 – Washington – Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator
• 2013 – Florida – Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator
• 2012 – Washington State – Linebackers
• 2009-2011 – Boise State – Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator
• 2006-2008 – Boise State – Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator
• 2005 – Eastern Illinois – Special Teams Coordinator
• 2003-2004 – Utah State – Safeties/Special Teams Coordinator
• 2002 – Utah State – Graduate Assistant
• 1997-2001 – Post Falls (Idaho) High School – Head Coach
• 1996 – Twin Falls (Idaho) High School – Defensive Coordinator
• 1994-1995 – Challis (Idaho) High School – Head Coach
• 1992-1993 – Montana Western – Linebackers