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Images from the first day of fall practice for the 2010 Wyoming Cowboy Football team, Aug. 5.
Pete Kaligis was promoted to the position of Assistant Head Coach in the spring of 2012. The 2012 season will mark Pete Kaligis' 18th season as a college coach. While continuing to assist with the Cowboy offensive line for the fourth straight year, Kaligis will add the responsibility of coaching the UW running backs in 2012.
The 2011 Cowboy offense ranked No. 11 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, allowing only 12 sacks in 13 games. Three UW offensive linemen earned Mountain West All-Conference honors in 2011. Senior tackle Clayton Kirven and junior center Nick Carlson were named Second Team All-Mountain West. Sophomore offensive guard Tyler Strong earned Honorable Mention All-Conference recognition. Carlson was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List in the summer of 2012 after also making the list in 2011. The Rimington Trophy honors the nation's top center each season.
In 2010, Kaligis coached sophomore center Carlson, who went on to earn Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference honors.
One of Kaligis' 2009 Cowboys, offensive tackle Ryan Otterson, signed a free-agent contract with the San Diego Chargers following the 2010 NFL Draft.
During his first 17 previous seasons coaching at the college level, Kaligis has been a part of 12 teams that advanced to postseason play, including five bowl appearances with NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams. In addition to the Cowboys' appearance in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl and UW's win in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl, Kaligis was a strength and conditioning coach at Washington when the Huskies played in the 1999 Holiday Bowl (losing to Kansas State, 24-20), won the 2000 Rose Bowl (defeating Purdue, 34-24) and played in the 2002 Sun Bowl (losing to Purdue, 34-24).
Kaligis came to Wyoming from the University of Montana, where he coached the for four seasons. He helped lead Montana to the 2008 National Championship game where the Griz concluded the season as the national runner-up in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Montana ended the season ranked No. 2 in the nation in both the final FCS Coaches' Poll and the Sports Network's FCS Poll. The Grizzlies earned a spot in the FCS Playoffs all four years Kaligis coached in Missoula. He coached the Grizzly offensive line for three seasons (2006-08). His first season at UM he worked with tight ends and offensive tackles. He also served as UM's recruiting coordinator for three years.
In 2008, Kaligis coached senior offensive guard Colin Dow at Montana. Dow was named First Team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation in `08. Dow also earned First Team All-Big Sky Conference honors, while Montana offensive linemen Levi Horn, Brent Russum and J.D. Quinn all earned Second Team All-Big Sky honors and O-linemen Chris Dyk and Terran Hillseland were named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky in `08.
The 2007 season saw junior tackle Brent Russum and junior guard/center J.D. Quinn receive First Team All-Big Sky Conference recognition, while center Colin Dow was a Second Team selection. Senior tackle Cody Balogh and junior guard Dan Carter were named Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Before joining the Grizzly coaching staff, Kaligis was the head strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, the University of Washington, from 2002-2004. From 1999-2001, he was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Huskies.
After graduating from Washington in 1994, Kaligis was an assistant football coach at Western Washington University in his hometown of Bellingham, Wash. He was the assistant tight end and strength coach there from 1994-95, and was the assistant defensive line and strength coach at WWU from 1996-97. During his tenure at WWU, he coached two All-America defensive ends, and his team advanced to the NAIA Division II title game in 1996.
He was a teacher and coach at Meridian Middle School in Bellingham in 1998-99.
An outstanding college football player and track athlete, Kaligis started all 12 games at offensive guard for the Washington Huskies and former head football coach Don James when they captured the 1991 National Championship. The Huskies posted a perfect 12-0 record and defeated Michigan, 34-14, in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1992, to win the national title. He was a member of the Husky Football team from 1990-94.
He was an All-American in track and field in the shot put. His personal best in the shot put in college was 62-8. He won the gold medal at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival, and placed third in the 1995 University Games. He participated in the 1996 Olympic Trials in track and field in the shot put, where he had a throw of 64-8.
Kaligis earned his B.A. degree in sociology and law enforcement at Washington in 1994. He and his wife Kristine have a daughter, Harlie Grace, and a son, Cooper.
Kaligis will recruit Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Western Wyoming and Canada.