Jets Special Teams Coach Ben Kotwica goes from frontline to sideline




Dec. 1, 2013

Tony Coaxum remembers a moment in fall 1996 during his freshman year at West Point, he says fully embodies Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica.

Coaxum, now the secondary coach at Army, was a member of the scout team and as he recalls it, the unit was having a bad day. A senior linebacker and captain, Kotwica ran over to the scout team and stuck his head in their huddle, and simply said, "Hey, let's pick it up," then jogged back over to the defensive side of the ball. The scout team looked at each other and according to Coaxum, responded with one of their best practices of the year.

"He never used to say much. He was a guy you always used to look up to. He commanded respect; you never wanted to disappoint," Coaxum said. "I was on the scout team at the time, and going up against him, you never wanted to disappoint. Even now as a coach, it is still the same way, he still has those same attributes."

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