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Who’s Coaching This Team? Redskins Special Teams Coordinator: Ben Kotwica

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Enjoy this brief profile of Redskins Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica

NFL: Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Ben Kotwica

Title: Special Teams Coordinator

Experience: 12 years

Bio: This will be Ben Kotwica’s twelfth season as an NFL coach. It’s his fifth with the Redskins, and he’s been the team’s Special Teams Coordinator since he arrived in 2014. Prior to that, Kotwica was a member of the Jets coaching staff for seven years.

His tenure has seen Washington discover stability in both the kicking and punting games, with Dustin Hopkins and Tress Way emerging as solid performers. Kick coverage has also improved under Kotwica, and the Redskins ranked second in the NFL last year in lowest average yardage allowed on kickoffs.

Before becoming a coach, Kotwica served for eight years as a member of the U.S. Army. He is a decorated veteran who served in Bosnia, the Korean Peninsula, and Iraq.

Fun Fact: Kotwica played four years of college ball as a linebacker at the United States Military Academy (aka Army). His final season of 1996 was a banner year for the Black Knights. Army finished 10-2 and earned a place in the final Top 25. This is the only time since 1958 that Army has finished ranked in the Top 25.