Ben Kotwica’s NFL coaching experience is taking the 1996 Army football captain to the Mile High City.
Kotwica is joining Sean Payton’s Denver Broncos staff as the special teams coordinator. The former Army linebacker was the Minnesota Vikings’ assistant special teams coordinator on their 2022 NFC North division championship team.
Connections from Kotwica’s first NFL coaching job may have led to the opportunity with the Broncos. Kotwica was the Jets defense/special teams quality control coach in 2007, working under Mike Westhoff, who was the Jets special teams coordinator from 2001-12. Denver recently hired Westhoff as its assistant head coach.
This will be Kotwica’s fourth stint as an NFL special teams coordinator. When Westhoff retired after the 2012 season, Kotwica took over as Jets coordinator in 2013. He moved to Washington (2014-18) and the Atlanta Falcons (2019-20). He returned to West Point as Army’s director of player development during the 2020 COVID-19 season.
Kotwica captained Army to a 10-2 season in 1996 and served as an officer including an Attack Helicopter Platoon Leader from 1998-2001. He was the Vikings’ nominee for the NFL’s Salute to Service award this past season.