Roghaar Names Widen Head Coach
May 17, 2018

BOISE, Idaho – Kristian Widen, a 1996 Boise State University graduate and a former all-conference performer for the Broncos, has been named men’s tennis head coach, newly-minted Director of Tennis Beck Roghaar announced Thursday.

“With his deep roots as a successful player and coach here at Boise State, Kristian has constantly raised the bar for Boise State tennis during his time in each role with the Broncos,” Roghaar said. “He knows exactly what it will take to continue that tradition and forge the next step for us as he’s had such a big hand in creating it to begin with.

“There’s no doubt that he’ll continue to raise the bar and standards for our program in his new role. I know our tennis alumni, the Boise tennis community and everyone involved with our program will be ecstatic for the future of the program with Kristian at the helm.”

Widen, who boasts two decades of coaching experience and was a three-year team captain for the Broncos, had served as Roghaar’s assistant coach for the women’s program since January 2015. Widen also spent the 1998-99 season as an assistant with the Broncos men’s tennis team under former head coach Jim Moortgat, and was an assistant for the women’s program from 1996-98.

Having worked with or under Roghaar, Moortgat and former head coach Greg Patton, Widen has spent time with three conference coach of the year honorees.

“I want to thank Curt Apsey and his team, including Christina Van Tol and Gabe Rosenvall, as well as Boise State’s new Director of Tennis, Beck Roghaar, for giving me this opportunity,” Widen said. “I am looking forward to diving into the details of the men’s program, working hard and continuing to add to the legacy of Bronco tennis.

“I played here, I have coached here and I can’t tell you how excited I am for this opportunity.”

Following the 1998-99 season, Widen, a native of Sweden, returned to his hometown to serve as CEO and head coach for the Ekerö Tennis Club. From 2004-09, Widen worked with the Swedish Tennis Federation's junior development program on a weekly basis, serving as a national team travel coach and taking players to the Australian Open Junior Grand Slam, the European championships and numerous International Tennis Federation tournaments.

He also served as the personal coach for former Boise State All-American Wesley Moodie, spending time with him on tour from 2002-04 while he competed at the Stockholm Open, Wimbledon and the Stella Artois Championships.

Widen was a four-year letterwinner for the Broncos, playing for three years under Patton, helping lead Boise State to three-consecutive Big Sky Conference titles (1993-95) and the Broncos' first two appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1994 and 1995). While competing at Boise State he was a two-time All-Big Sky honoree, as well as the 1995 Tennis Magazine/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner and a three-time Academic All-Big Sky honoree.

“Kristian is like a son to me, and I can’t think of anything better than passing on the torch to a guy that represents the fabric of what Boise State tennis has been, is and will be,” Patton said. “I am overjoyed because he embodies the essence of everything that I have dreamed about for this program.”

In addition to naming Widen head coach, Roghaar also announced that current men’s assistant coach Pierre Tafelski will remain on staff as an assistant coach.

While serving as the Broncos’ director of tennis, Roghaar will also remain head coach of the women’s program. A search to replace Widen as assistant coach for the women’s program will begin immediately.

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