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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Breckterfield named defensive line coach

Former All-Pac-10 defensive standout Inoke (E-no-key) Breckterfield has been selected to coach the defensive line at the University of Montana, announced first year head coach Robin Pflugrad.

Breckterfield, 32, comes to UM from fellow Big Sky Conference member Weber State where he served as the defensive line coach for the 2009 season.

Prior to his stint at WSU he spent two seasons under head coach Mike Riley at his alma mater, Oregon State. He was a graduate assistant coach for the Beavers in 2008 and 2007 and was a volunteer coach in 2006, working with the defensive line.

He was a standout for the Beavers, and named first team in the Pac-10 and a third team all-American (Associated Press) at defensive end as a senior in 1998.

His senior season he was voted team MVP, was the Morris Trophy Award recipient (the best defensive lineman in the league as voted on by Pac-10 offensive linemen), selected to play in the Hula Bowl and was named Oregon State’s "Male Athlete of the Year."

As a junior at OSU, he was named second team Pac-10, team MVP and honorable mention all-American. He was honorable mention all-league as a sophomore and chosen OSU’s "Rookie of the Year" on defense as a freshman.

Breckterfield left OSU as the school’s career leader in tackles for loss (55.5) and sacks (19.5), and is currently ranked second in both categories at the school.

Following his college career he played in the Canadian Football League for five seasons for the Toronto Argonauts (1999-2000) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2001-03). He worked in the private sector in Aiea, Hawaii, from 2003-06 and then returned to OSU to attend school and serve as a volunteer assistant coach.

He earned an undergraduate degree in liberal studies from OSU in 2007.

Breckterfield and his wife, Carol, have a nine-year-old son, Kalevi. Carol earned All-Pac-10 honors in soccer at USC, playing from 1996-98.

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