Bob Gregory Returns to Bronco Staff as Defensive Assistant Coach
BOISE, Idaho - Bob Gregory, the defensive coordinator at Boise State University in 2001 and the defensive coordinator at the University of California the past eight seasons, is returning to the Bronco football program as a defensive assistant coach.

Bronco head football coach Chris Petersen made the announcement today (Feb. 17). 

The addition of Gregory comes after the departure of former Boise State defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who left the Broncos earlier this month to take the same position at the University of Tennessee.  Pete Kwiatkowski, who had been Boise State's defensive line coach the past four seasons, was promoted to defensive coordinator in replacement of Wilcox.

"We couldn't be happier that Bob (Gregory) is returning to the Bronco family," Petersen commented.  "Bob is one of the finest defensive coaches in college football.  Equally important, he is one of the best people I know."

Petersen also stated that he is still working out the specific coaching assignments for the Gregory.

This will mark the third time Petersen and Gregory have worked together on the same coaching staff.  The first was from 1998-2000 when Petersen was the wide receiver coach at the University of Oregon, and Gregory was the defensive backs coach for the Ducks.  Petersen and Gregory both moved to Boise in 2001 to become the offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, for former Bronco head coach Dan Hawkins.

"My family and I are very excited to be back with the Broncos," Gregory stated.  "I'm looking forward to the opportunity of working with Coach Petersen and his staff as the Boise State program continues to grow."

In Gregory's only season at Boise State in 2001, he helped the Broncos produced an 8-4 record during the program's first year as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.  Gregory's defense was second in the WAC in both scoring defense (23.3 ppg) and rushing defense (118.1 ypg). 

At Cal, Gregory's defensive has been one of the top in the Pac-10 Conference the past eight years.  During his career directing the Bear defense, Cal allowed opponents an average of 22.5 points per game.  In 2008 Cal's defense was ranked among the top 10 nationally in four different categories, while his 2004 team was second in the nation for rush defense (82.5 ypg) and eighth in scoring defense (16.0 ppg).  Gregory was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2004 which honors the top assistant football coach in the country. 

Gregory helped Cal to seven consecutive postseason bowl appearances (2003-09), and during his coaching career he has been part of 12 different teams that have been invited to a postseason bowl. 

A 1987 graduate of Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in English, Gregory played linebacker and defensive back for the Cougars.  He began his coaching career at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri where he was the defensive backs coach in 1987 and the defensive coordinator in 1988.  He then spent two years as a defensive graduate assistant at Oregon before moving to Willamette (OR) University, serving as the defensive backs coach in 1991 and the defensive coordinator from 1992-97.  He also earned his master's degree in Educational Policy at Oregon.

Boise State begins spring practice on March 8 (Monday) with its annual spring game on April 17 (Saturday) beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Bronco Stadium.


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