Mike Leach reportedly completes staff

MIKE LEACH HAS apparently settled on his linebackers coach, and thereby completed his coaching staff. The new Coug assistant comes to Pullman by way of Boise, where he spent the past six years coaching the Bronco special teams, and also lending a hand with the linebackers, nickel package and running backs.

In 2011 under special teams coach Jeff Choate, BSU ranked amongst the nation's top 30 in punt and kickoff returns, finishing 18th (11.88) and 30th (23.55). In 2010, BSU finished 16th (12.65) and 23rd (23.55). His move in joining Mike Leach at WSU was first reported by footballscoop.com.

Choate's recruiting areas for Boise State were Sacramento, (in effect from Galt, Calif. to the Oregon border), and Houston, Texas.

Before BSU, Choate spent a season as Eastern Illinois' special teams coach, with the previous two years serving as the special teams coach at Utah State. Choate was a graduate assistant at Utah State and worked with the defensive line and safeties before becoming the special teams coach.

From 1997-2001 Choate was the head football coach at Post Falls (Idaho) High School and served as athletic director the final two years. He graduated from St. Maries (Idaho) High School and later Montana-Western University.

Here's a closer look at Choate...

None of Leach's coaches have yet been named officially by Wazzu but have been reported by various sources. They are..

Defensive Coordinator: Mike Breske
Defensive Line: Joe Salave'a
Linebackers: Jeff Choate
Defensive Backs(?): Paul Volero
Special Teams: Eric Russell
Offensive Line: Clay McGuire
Inside Receivers: Eric Morris
Outside Receivers: Dennis Simmons
Running Backs: Jim Mastro

Note: Mike Leach serves as his own offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

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