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Ben Kotwica

Assistant Special Teams

Biography

Ben Kotwica (cot-WEE-kuh) returns to the NFL for his 15th season and first with the Vikings as assistant special teams coach, following a brief stint as director of player development for the United States Military Academy. He previously served as the special teams coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons from 2019-20.

In 2019, the Falcons special teams units led the NFL with five fumble recoveries, which marked the most by a team in a single season since 2012 (NYG, five). Four of the five fumble recoveries led to a Falcons touchdown, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown on a kickoff against the 49ers in Week 15. The team in Week 10 signed K Younghoe Koo, who connected on 23 of 26 field goals and totaled 84 points over the final eight weeks of the season. During that span, the Falcons led the league in the most made field goals with 23.

In his last season with Washington in 2018, his special teams units led the league in kickoff touchback percentage (81.2%). Kotwica also oversaw K Dustin Hopkins, who converted 89.7% of his field goals, which ranked ninth in the NFL in 2018. In 2017, Kotwica led a kickoff unit that allowed 18.7 yards per return, the second-lowest average that season.

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