Nampa High athletic director John Gregory confirmed Saturday morning that Jon Choate was selected as the next Nampa High football coach.
Choate, who most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Meridian High, is the brother of Boise State special teams coach Jeff Choate.
"The committee felt like he had a lot of experience at different levels," Gregory said. "He is extremely organized and has a lot of enthusiasm."
Prior to joining the Meridian staff in 2008, Choate served as a defensive coordinator and head baseball coach at Caldwell High. He has also coached sophomore football and baseball at Boise High.
"It almost seems too good to be true," Choate said of taking over at Nampa. "During the interview process, every question I had was answered the way I needed it to be answered. It's a great place with good people and good kids. I am really excited."
Choate has already begun the process of assembling his staff, but will continue to teach and coach at Meridian High through the end of the school year. Beginning in the fall of 2012, Choate will teach physical education at Nampa.
Choate replaces Scott Wooldridge, who stepped down in early November after six seasons coaching the Bulldogs. Wooldridge finished with an overall record of 36-24, including two 4A Southern Idaho Conference championships, three postseason appearances and a state runner-up finish in 2007.