Choate, an Idaho native, graduated from Montana Western in 1993 with a bachelors degree in secondary education.
“When I got into coaching I didn’t just set out to be a head coach,” said Choate. “I’ve always wanted to be a Big Sky Conference coach. It’s the league I grew up around and I have strong ties to Montana.
MSU athletic director Peter Fields said Choate earned the respect of everyone involved in the selection process. “Jeff Choate is a well-respected person who has enjoyed coaching success throughout the Northwest and beyond at the high school and college level,” said Fields.
Choate played football for the Bulldogs and began his coaching career with the Bulldogs from 1991-93.
Choate later went on to begin a high school coaching career in Idaho where he coached for a number of years. He began his Division I career in 2002 at Utah State where he coached the defensive line and special teams and safeties. He then coached at Eastern Illinois, Boise State, Washington State, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Florida, and most recently, University of Washington.
Choate was introduced to the media and public on Monday, Dec. 7 by MSU president Waded Cruzado and athletic director Peter Fields.