Ben Kotwica leaving Redskins to join Falcons as special teams coordinator

Chris Lingebach
January 09, 2019 - 5:34 pm
Ben Kotwica leaving Redskins to join Falcons as special teams coordinator

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As fans wait out changes along the Redskins coaching staff, Jay Gruden must begin his search for a new special teams coordinator.

Ben Kotwica is leaving for the same position on Dan Quinn's staff in Atlanta, the Falcons announced a short time ago.

The 44-year-old has served as Washington's special teams coordinator since 2014, when he assumed the role from Keith Burns, who was only in Washington for the 2013 season. Prior to that, special teams coordinator was a relatively stable position for the Redskins, held for nine years by Danny Smith (2004-12), who's held the same position with the Steelers since departing Washington after the 2012 season.

Prior to joining Gruden's staff in Washington, Kotwica was with the Jets for seven years, in various special teams roles from 2007-2012, and finally as special teams coordinator in 2013. Kotwica began his coaching career as defensive coordinator for West Point Prep in 2005-2006.

Kotwica is a U.S. Army veteran who served as a Combat Attack Helicopter Commander, piloting Apache helicopters, including 1,000 combat hours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His service also included operations in Bosnia and Korea.

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