Behind-the-scenes profile: C of I offensive coordinator Tim Keane

June 23, 2013 

Don't let the title fool you.

Offensive schemes are the least of Tim Keane's duties right now. As the only assistant on the College of Idaho football staff, he's the recruiting coordinator, the strength coach and the equipment manager, too.

He arrived in April.

"What I'm finding out is it just forces you to be creative," he said of the limited resources. "When I first got here, our main goal was just to recruit. We were spending hours and hours on the phone recruiting. I couldn't figure out why my email kept saying I was close to my (storage) quota. Then I checked my sent mail."

With the first recruiting class solidified, his focus has shifted more to football lately. He and coach Mike Moroski meet regularly to talk about the program.

"We're starting to get into more of the fun stuff," Keane, 29, said, "the Xs and Os, our vision for the future and who we're going to be on the football field."

Moroski knew when he was hired in January he wanted to make Keane his first staff member. He recruited Keane to UC Davis as an offensive lineman out of Palm Springs, Calif., and coached with him there.

Keane, though, required a little convincing. He visited Idaho during the January cold spell.

"It was the whole (recruiting) process all over again," Keane said.

Keane was a high school tight end. He played offensive tackle, then guard, then center from 2002 to 2006 at UC Davis. He received the Bob Oliver Award as the team's unsung hero each of his last two seasons, when he started 22 straight games. He was the first two-time winner of the award.

"My junior year, I had a pretty strong feeling that I wanted to get into coaching and started telling some of the other coaches there that's what I was thinking about doing," he said. "Right after I graduated, I started getting into it."

He spent the 2007 season helping Moroski coach the Davis offensive linemen and served as a graduate assistant at Tulane in 2008-09. He returned to Davis as the offensive line coach in 2010 and 2012 and the running backs coach in 2011.

"He's young, good, tech-savvy - a good football guy, good with people and a great guy," Moroski said.

Davis changed coaches after last season, which led Moroski and Keane to look at different opportunities. Moroski, even before he got the job, talked to Keane about joining him at the College of Idaho.

He was impressed by the people he met during his visit.

"I could tell everyone was really, really excited that football was back," he said. "There was a nice buzz in the community."

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398;Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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