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Mike Moroski

By Ben Moroski ’10 
Mike Moroski was busy. Besides working to complete his undergraduate degree in agricultural and managerial economics, he also started on the UC Davis football and baseball teams. It was his junior year and the football team had an important playoff game on the upcoming Saturday. But that afternoon, Mike and his peers were seated in a lecture hall waiting to receive their midterms back from Dr. Quirino Paris, professor of the difficult upper division Ag Econ class. When Mike got his test back, beside the “A” there was something else written on his paper. There was a note from Dr. Paris that said, “Great job on the midterm and good luck in the game Saturday.” It was a small gesture, but it resonated with Mike.

“I had no idea he knew about football or cared,” he says. “It showed his specific interest in his students.” That type of interest in individual learning and success is something that Mike has continued to nurture his entire life.

Today, as the offensive coordinator for the UC Davis football team, he continues to apply the lessons he learned through his years at UC Davis and in his professional football career. Mike works to emulate the coaches that inspired and motivated him as a player. “It was the philosophy of teaching that drew me to coaching,” he says, describing the “teach first” philosophy of former UC Davis Head Football Coach Jim Sochor and former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Bill Walsh. “They viewed themselves as educators and their influence has profoundly shaped my life,” Mike reflects.

The opportunity to be a part of individual and influential education is one reason Mike returned to Davis. “When I finished playing professional football, I became intrigued with the idea of coaching because of the enormous impact that coaches had in my life,” he says. He wanted to be an active part in nurturing the challenging and motivating environment that made being a student and an athlete at UC Davis so extraordinary. “It is the people that make UC Davis special,” Mike says.

After graduating from UC Davis in 1980, Mike spent eight years in the NFL playing for the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers. He subsequently earned a teaching credential in 1990 and a master’s in education in 1993 from UC Davis.

Mike is a CAAA life member. He currently resides in Davis with his wife, Cathie.

Posted July 2010