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Widen is a Bronco alumnus who played four years on the men's team from 1992-95
Boise State women's tennis defeated College of Idaho 7-0, April 23, 2017.
Widen returns to his alma mater with 19 years of coaching experience at various levels, including time previously spent on staff at Boise State. He spent one year (1995-96) as a student coach for the Boise State women's team while finishing his degree in social science and public affairs. After graduation, Widen served two years (1996-98) as an assistant coach to the team under Jim Moortgat before switching over to the men's team for one year (1998-99).
"I'm overjoyed for our program and community to be able to announce that Kristian is back in the blue and orange. He is a Bronco through and through in all aspects," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "His blue-collar work ethic on court and attitude towards the importance of character and academics will fit hand in hand with the core values and pillars of our program. Kristian's experience, passion and knowledge of the game is going to be such a wonderful addition to our family that without a doubt will help our young ladies and program continue to take great steps toward our ultimate goals. Bronco Tennis is On The Rise!"
Following his last stint as an assistant coach with the Boise State men's team, Widen returned home to his native country of Sweden where he was active in the tennis community. He spent 10 years working in various capacities as a club pro, private tennis instructor, head coach and private coach.
While in Sweden, Widen worked for the Swedish Tennis Federation's junior development program from 2004-09. He served as a national team scout and juniors coach for various teams that competed throughout the country and internationally. In addition to working at national team camps, he took top players to the Australian Open Junior Grand Slam, the European championships and numerous International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments.
Widen also spent eight years as a tennis pro for the Ekerö Tennis Club in his hometown, where he was responsible for mentoring players for competition at the regional, national and international level. In addition, he ran the development academy for the club for juniors ranging from ages 5 to 21.
He was a partner in and served as the CEO for the Ekerö Tennis Academy for five years (2000-05). In addition, Widen served as the personal coach for Boise State alum Wesley Moodie from 2002-04 while he competed at the Stockholm Open from 2002-04, as well as at the 2003 Wimbledon and Stella Artois Championship.
Widen returned to the United States in 2009 to work as a head coach and pro at the Moortgat Tennis Ranch from 2009-13 in Boise. His primary responsibility was to design and run the junior programs for the organization. He also served as an instructor.
Immediately before rejoining the Broncos, Widen was a private instructor at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club for parts of 2013 and 2014. He assisted with the juniors program at the club, as well as served as the summer camp program director.
Widen played collegiately for Boise State from 1992-95 under coach Greg Patton. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Broncos, helping Boise State to three-consecutive Big Sky Conference titles (1993-95) and the Broncos' first two appearances in the NCAA National 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.
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