Mike Moroski dreamed of a day such as this.
Fitted with a new letterman's jacket, introduced as the football coach at a school known for academics and athletic success, and embarking on a daunting challenge.
On Wednesday, the former UC Davis quarterback and longtime Aggies assistant coach was introduced as the College of Idaho coach in Caldwell, Idaho. His task is to restart a program from scratch at the small-college NAIA level. The Coyotes dropped football after 60 seasons in 1977 and will return for the 2014 season.
Famed 49ers receiver R.C. Owens attended College of Idaho, and in praising the character and references of his new coach, Coyotes athletic director Marty Holly cracked that he was curious to know about the touchdown pass Moroski threw to Jerry Rice during the quarterback's stint with San Francisco in 1986.
"He's so humble that it's not really important to him," Holly said. "That's what kind of man he is . This is an emotional day for us."
Moroski, 55, made it known that he had an interest in the UCD job when longtime coach Bob Biggs announced that the 2012 season would be his last.
Last month, the Aggies hired longtime Cal assistant Ron Gould.
In November, Holly phoned Moroski, off a strong recommendation from Chris Petersen, the Boise State coach who has UCD playing and coaching roots. Holly said he also spoke at length with Dan Hawkins, another UCD alum and ex-Aggies coach who headed the Boise State program before Petersen.
"How to treat players, how to treat the game, that's what we all learned from UCD," Moroski said at the news conference. "This is absolutely awesome. I'm thrilled. I'm energized."
Said Petersen in a statement: Moroski is "a character-driven teacher of the game."
The Coyotes dropped football because of declining enrollment and escalating costs. The school now has 1,050 students, nearly double from 36 years ago, and could field a football roster of more than 100. Moroski said he will compile a coaching staff and start recruiting with more than a year to prepare and build for the Coyotes' kickoff in 2014.
As for that Rice touchdown?
"People say, 'You played two games with the guy. Why only one touchdown?' " Moroski said.