The next coach at Montana will be ...

2009-12-23T15:10:00Z The next coach at Montana will be ...Greg Rachac The Billings Gazette

Hauck is introduced at UNLV

... somebody with a great coaching background, somebody with some kind of tie to the Grizzly program, and a person the athletic department is certain can continue the winning tradition left behind by Bobby Hauck.

What ... you thought you'd get the answer here already? The least we can do is give you a few potential candidates for what is the most high-profile FCS coaching job in the nation.

Here are some names to chew on:

  • Robin Pflugrad - Wide receivers coach, Montana: Pflugrad was most recently the wide receivers coach at Oregon for three seasons, as well as the tight ends coach at recruiting coordinator at Washington State from 2001-05. Pflugrad is in his third stint as an assistant coach with the Grizzlies.
  • Dave Doeren - Defensive coordinator, Wisconsin: A true up-and-comer, Doeren was the defensive backs coach for two seasons at Montana - as well as recruiting coordinator for one year - under Joe Glenn, winning a national title in 2001. Doeren earned his bones under Rob Ash at Drake as a player and coach in the 1990s.
  • Dave Schramm - Offensive coordinator, Utah: Schramm was the tight ends/offensive tackles coach as well as recruiting coordinator under Hauck from 2003-04. He has been at the helm of a great offense in Utah, one that helped beat Alabama in last year's Sugar Bowl.
  • Brent Pease - Wide receivers coach, Boise State: Also the assistant head coach at Boise State, Pease played quarterback at Montana from 1985-86. He was one of the architects of Dave Dickenson's success as Montana's quarterbacks coach in the mid-1990s. He reportedly is a finalist for the offensive coordinator position at Arizona State.
  • Mike Van Diest - Head coach, Carroll College: Van Diest, who recently finished his 11th season at Carroll, has won five NAIA national championships in the last eight years. The 1970 graduate of Helena High School was a defensive assistant coach at Montana from 1980-85.
  • Bart Andrus - Former head coach, Toronto Argonauts: He might be a longshot, but Andrus, a UM alum, and Griz A.D. Jim O'Day go way back and his kid is on the team. Andrus has been everywhere, but his last head coaching stint at the college ranks came at Rocky Mountain College in the mid-1990s.
  • Kraig Paulson - Defensive coordinator, Montana: Perhaps the feel-good pick, Paulson has been leading the Grizzlies defense since 2005. He is a Grizzly through and through, having coached with the program for a total of 19 years.

Other than that, your guess is as good as ours. Who is your pick to be Montana's next head coach? Whoever it is, he's got an uphill climb to match Hauck's success.

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