Women's Tennis Adds Kristian Widen to Staff
Kristian Widen, 1996 Boise State Alumnus.
Jan. 16, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Beck Roghaar, Boise State’s head women’s tennis coach, has added Bronco alumnus Kristian Widen (pronounced, wide-en) to his coaching staff. Widen replaces Suzie Matzenauer, who moved to the director of operations position this spring. His responsibilities include recruiting, on-court coaching, player mentoring and assisting with the daily operations of the program. He will also assist with camps.  
  
“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 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!”
  
Widen comes to Boise State with 19 years of coaching experience at various levels. 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 in 1996, 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). 
   
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 there 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 five to 21 years of age. 
  
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 alumnus 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.
  
Kristian has been a private instructor at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club for the last year and a half (2013-14). He assisted with the juniors program at the club, as well as served as the summer camp program director.  
  
He played collegiately for Boise State from 1992-95 under coach Greg Patton. Widen 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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