For the first time, Dirk Koetter trains his son. While the opportunity at Boise State is special, the father-son duo are focused on “winning a ring” in 2022.
BOISE, Idaho — When Dirk Koetter took over as Boise State’s offensive coordinator, it brought a special opportunity. For the first time in his rich and successful coaching career, he had the chance to coach his son Davis.
Imagine being coached by your father in college. Is it weird? Is it difficult?
Well, according to Davis, business was pretty much business as usual at Boise State.
“Probably more normal than people realize,” Davis said. “I mean, it just feels like he’s your coach and every once in a while we have a little moment, but it seems pretty normal.”
The former NFL coach joined the Broncos as an offensive analyst in July. Now, Dirk leads Boise State’s scorching offense in the final year of Davis’ college football career.
While the opportunity to be together in the blue and orange is certainly special, the father-son duo said they are keeping it all to themselves as Boise State chases a Mountain West championship.
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“I mean, me and Davis are very close, but when we’re in the room like that, and the guys are there, I see Davis as a face in the crowd,” Dirk said. “I try to train him the same way I talk to everyone. It was fun for me to be with him. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be involved in my previous role. , so that I can be with him, come to train and be close to him his last year.”
Although this is the first time he has had his father as a coach, Davis knows Dirk’s style very well and was coached throughout his childhood. Now Davis enjoys sharing that experience with his Bronco teammates.
“You pick up on what he’s talking about pretty quickly, but it’s fun to see other people picking it up, because I remember how I used to pick it up,” Davis said. “He praises you when you’re doing the right thing and he lets you know when you’re not doing the right thing, so you know very clearly where you stand and it’s a good feeling as a player to know exactly where you stand. are. “
Davis aspires to become a coach after finishing at Boise State, so you’d think the opportunity to see his dad working up close would help him get some guidance.
“No, I don’t think he’s such a good coach. No, just kidding. He’s got some very particular, really good strengths,” Davis said. “He’s a great communicator, he knows how to play to people’s strengths, put people in the right situations, then just pace into the feeling of the game, know when to call the right plays. Really defines people’s roles clearly. Everyone is confident that they know what their role is and I think that’s super important in attacking football.”
Right now, the Koetters have their goals in front of them, as they chase a Mountain West title. When it’s all said and done, they will look back and cherish the time they spent wrapping up their coaching and playing careers.
“I try to take it once in a while, but I’ll look back when it’s time to look back,” Davis said. “I think the best memory will be winning a ring and doing what we need to do, so I try to just focus on my job and I know he’s focused on his, and we’ll remember when that will be the time.”
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