Petrino finalizes 2013 staff

MOSCOW, ID - Paul Petrino has been in his new position as the head football coach at Idaho for a little more than two weeks now.

In that time a lot of changes have taken place, particularly with the coaching staff. While a couple of coaches have remained, 2013 will usher in several new faces on the sidelines in Moscow.

Putting together a successful staff is a top priority for a new coach and each has their own way of doing it. Idaho's Paul Petrino focused on passion.

"I wanted to go find the hungriest, brightest, up and coming soldiers I could find and that's kind of how I looked at it," said Petrino.

But that wasn't all he looked at, aside from experience he looked at those he admired from his past.

"I wanted to have people that I felt comfortable with," said Petrino. "People that had either worked with me before or worked with people that I really trust."

And with that came the hiring of his defensive staff. Defensive Coordinator Ronnie Lee, Linebackers Coach Mike Anderson, who played at Idaho,Corner-backs Coach Mike Mickens and remaining on the staff is former Vandal Patrick Libey.

"Two former Vandals, me and coach Lee coached here together back in '92," said Petrino. "Coach Lee was a great player at Washington State. I coached against coach Mickens when he was at Cincinnati, number 21. Ya' know, used to have to go against him for three years, thought he was a really good player."

But as we all know, football isn't one-sided, so hiring a staff to coach offense was next on the agenda. Kris Cinkovich will take the reins as the offensive coordinator, which is a hire that Petrino is particularly happy with.

"That was huge, that was as big a commitment I've gotten since I got here," said Petrino. "Really excited to have him."

In addition to Cinkovich, John Carvin has been hired to coach the offensive line, former Vandal coach Dennis Erickson's son Bryce is in charge of the quarterbacks, Jason Shumacher will handle the running-backs and remaining on the staff is Al Paupunu with the tight ends.

"Coach Erickson's son has been around football his whole life," said Petrino. "Understands the game and we're keeping Al on to coach the tight-ends who I was always a huge fan of him as a player."

Petrino added that Pupunu does a great job of recruiting which is important with Idaho's current conference situation but believes his entire staff will lead the vandals to wins in 2013.

"I'm really excited about our staff," said Petrino. "I think we've put together a great staff and a bunch of guys that are gonna, you know, coach with a passion, love the game, and just really excited to have them all here."

Now that the staff is set, Petrino said that signing more players is the main focus. As of right now, 13 verbal commitments have come in and four JC players have been confirmed to join the roster for the 2013 season.