Texas Longhorns hire Montana State head coach as assistant

Aug 31, 2019; Lubbock, TX, USA; Montana State Bobcats head coach Jeff Choate signals a play in the second half during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

New Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian completed his coaching staff Thursday when he announced that Jeff Choate has joined the Longhorns as co-defensive coordinator, leaving his position as head coach of Montana State.

Choate was 28-22 in his four seasons coaching the Bobcats before the 2020 season was cancelled by the Big Sky Conference. He will also coach inside linebackers while directing the Texas defense with co-coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, with whom he had success at Washington and Boise State coaching on Chris Peterson’s staff.

“Jeff is an awesome final piece to an assistant coaching staff that, as I’ve said before, I’ll put up against anyone in the country,” Sarkisian said. “He is a highly respected, accomplished coach who has a long history of working with outstanding defenses and developing players. His experience as a head coach, extensive background with special teams and wealth of knowledge in many areas will be a tremendous asset to our staff.”

Sarkisian was hired by Texas on Jan. 2, replacing the fired Tom Herman, but stayed on as Alabama offensive coordinator through capturing the national championship on Jan. 11.

Sarkisian also announced that Jason Grooms, formerly assistant athletic director who oversaw football at Vanderbilt, has joined the Longhorns as his chief of staff.

–Field Level Media