This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
Jerry Montgomery Fills The Beyonce Spot
Former Hawk Jerry Montgomery, who joined new IU staff, now appears headed to Ann Arbor to join Brady Hoke's staff. Tough break for Hoosiers.
The "tough break" bit is that Indiana hired him three weeks ago*.
Montgomery is a former Hawkeye defensive lineman who's only coached DL, was set to coach Indiana's line, and has no experience with DBs. It's safe to assume this is the guy who should stop in Ann Arbor only to drop off signed LOIs and if at all possible be Beyonce.
He's not Beyonce, but he played at Iowa recently enough to have a bio from his playing days on the internet and rocks a soul patch whether he's friendly or srs:
In fact, he's a few months he's younger than I am. This is terrifying personally; from a program standpoint it checks off the "knows what Adult Swim is" and "isn't from Minnesota" boxes with a guy who's worked his way up the ladder quickly. In 2006 Montgomery was a grad assistant. In 2007 he got his first job as Northern Iowa's DL coach. From there he's moved from UNI to Wyoming to Indiana to Michigan in under five years. He's a tautological up-and-comer and hopefully someone we'll see referenced in recruiting articles every twenty seconds.
Michigan's got one more spot left for a DBs coach; the much-rumored name there is former Wolverine Chuck Heater. Heater was literally just announced as Steve Addazio's DC at Temple, though. If Michigan was going to yoink him chances are that would already be in the works and Temple wouldn't be making announcements soon to leave egg on their faces.
*[Insert "they'd KILL Rich Rodriguez for this" bit here.]
Gotta love the days when people would just point their video camera at their TV's.
looks like he played in the brief period when Iowa felt that America did not Need Farmers
to coach the DL and assuredly listen to the other two guys with extensive DL coaching experience.
He's not old...
Which is bigger snake oil, steaing another Purdon't commit, a QB none the less, or pinching a coach from Indiana 3 weeks after they hired him? BH has the mojo.
don't forget we stole their best recruit too. Zing.
I just saw the word "tautological" in a post about Michigan's new d-line coach. This calls for a donut.
Like the hire, young guys like this tend to be tireless recruiters, plus this guy went to Iowa so he knows the Big Ten.
This hire seems like a conscious attempt to balance the fact that the rest of the coaching staff is so old.
Or lily-white except for Fred Jackson.
His picture doesn't strike me as a Jerry Montgomery.
Cool that he's from LA/Nevada. Hopefully, that means some more good connections out west.
"Montgomery will recruit the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Wyoming and the Denver and Chicago metropolitan areas."
It would be great if he's an established guy in those areas. I think we still recruit Cali well already, but I would love to tap into the Denver resources.
The Las Vegas area typically produces one or two big-time guys each year. Seeing as how there really is no competition from the local universities for them, it would be good to send in a guy who knows the area and played ball there. I'm thinking there aren't a lot of coaches like that.
All your players/coaches are belong to us. I suppose West Virginia is relieved.
but if it does begin on the basketball side, please start with Butler.
Seems like the perfect complement to the rest of the staff. Thats very impressive going from Montgomery GA to Michigan in 5 years. Nice to have a young up-and-comer.
BH: "I've just hired Jerry Montgomery. Because F-YOU, state of Indiana, that's why."
It looks like his sole responsibility at IU was to be just a DT coach. The ends were going to be handled by a guy who also did Special Teams.
More importantly, he's a young guy players/recruits can relate to differently than the older coaches.
There was a post a week or so ago (both on the main page by Brian and a few days earlier on the Board) about how the entire staff was old, crusty and white (exaggerating, obviously) and that this lack of diversity could (1) hurt recruiting potentially, and (2) leave certain players on the team feeling like they don't have a coach to come to who "gets" their background.
While I generally disagreed with this criticism, to the extent that the age / pigmentation of the staff was a negative, either from recruiting or mentoring, then this has now been addressed.
Personally, I would have liked to see someone with a bit more pedigree, but at the same time I guess we have that in Mattison. Position coaches are rarely impressive on paper.
I just did a scan of Indiana's recruiting class to see if there was a potential for him to snake oil anyone that he might have recruited. Aside from a 4* linebacker (who does list M as a school that he is interested in), there is nobody in their class that I would really care to get.
As mentioned a bunch of times, Hoke and Mattison aren't super young themselves, so it's nice to have a younger coach around to "groom" for higher positions.
So does this mean if no Chuck Heater, then we're counting the minutes to Hello: Teryl Austin (Again)??
I would be just fine with that. He coached DBs very successfully in the pros (Seahawks), and went to a Super Bowl.
He also coached in Florida last year and, while he didn't have a great tenure as DC, might have established some relationships with talented Florida kids who are class of 2012 over this past year.
Teryl Austin was just hired as the Baltimore Ravens DB coach. He may come here, but I doubt it.
When I saw his name, a black guy with a soul patch who could pass for 28 is the last picture I expected to see.
Shit. Now you've got me all worked up. Not so much as "potential creepy old man-ness", but the fact that some of those girls are younger than me (barely) and my life is slipping me by!
You must realize that one day you will die. Until then you are worthless.
It seems really, really odd that a position coach would agree to take a new job on the eve of signing day, especially three weeks after starting his current job, and double especially at another school in the same conference.
Of course, but the timing is really weird.
I don't believe it was supposed to get out
... UM is his dream job.
Super. All your DL coaches belong to us.
Clearly the #1 benefit of this hire is that every time Montogomery signs a recruit Hoke (and me) get to shout: "that's gold Jerry! GOLD!"
He's also apparently been a DC, albiet at a JUCO.
Someone please make a photoshop pic of Hoke in a wizard hat. He deserves one and I don't know how to photoshop.
undying love for the University of Michigan and its players.
That's quite the Shirt/Tie combo in his picture.
But can he play DT - oh wait, wrong thread.
Looks like a nice fit. Very Apollo ohno with the soul patch.
considering Oregon too?
Wait I'm confused. Is this guy our DL coach then?
At least Michigan DOMINATES one out of the three states it borders.
If you go to www.unipanthers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/montgomery_jerry00.html and then scroll down, you will see an irresistible picture of Jerry with wife Natalie and two of their three impossibly cute little boys. He could recruit with that picture alone.
Curt Mallory, son of former Indiana coach Bill Mallory, just got hired as Michigan's new secondary coach. He played for U-M from '88-92, and has coached DB's in the past for a number of years at Illinois. He left Illinois last year after getting demoted from co-defensive coordinator by Ron Zook, and subsequently took over the D-coordinator job at Akron. Got a text yesterday from my neighbor who is Bill Mallory's daughter, Curt's sister. Assume there will be an official announcement soon.