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5 Things to Know About OC Dirk Koetter

A look at new Buccaneers offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter.

Check out photos of the new Offensive Coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dirk Koetter. (Courtesy of AP Images & Atlanta Falcons)

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In his first year as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator in 2007, Koetter's unit finished sixth in the league in points scored and seventh among NFL teams in yards. After his first year in Atlanta in 2012, the Falcons finished seventh in yards and eighth in points scored.

2. The Buccaneers are the 11th coaching stop of his career.
Koetter has been with three NFL teams (Buccaneers, Falcons, Jaguars) and seven college programs (Arizona State, Oregon, Boston College, Boise State, Missouri, UTEP, San Francisco State), and one high school team. He served as head coach at Boise State and Arizona State and was an offensive coordinator at the rest of his collegiate stops, as well as in the pros.

3. Coaching is in his blood.
Koetter's father, Jim, was also a football coach. "I'm the son of a high school coach, so I grew up talking ball," Koetter told ESPN in 2010. "He's still as good a football coach as I've been around, and I've been around a whole lot of football coaches."

4. He is Mr. Idaho.
Koetter played for Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho, home of the 10-time state champion Rams. Pocatello is considered to have one of the best football programs in the state. Highland High School's rivalry with cross-town Pocatello High School was named Idaho's best by ESPN in 2009. Upon the completion of his playing career at Idaho State, Koetter returned to Highland as a coach and led the team to the 1984 state title. He later coached at Boise State.

5. He knows ESPN's Merril Hoge – well.
ESPN analyst Merril Hoge played running back for Koetter in his first season as coach at Highland High School in 1983. Hoge also played for Koetter on the school's basketball team. Hoge also went on to play at Idaho State before being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 10th round of the 1987 NFL Draft. Hoge's son, Beau, a BYU commit, was part of Highland's 2014 state championship team.

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Dirk Koetter (bottom row, third from the left) pictured with ESPN analyst Merril Hoge (#34) and the Highland, Idaho high school basketball team in 1983. Photo courtsey of the Highland High School athletic department.SUGGESTED


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