Dec. 28, 2004
SHREVEPORT, La.--Miami University Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced tonight prior to the playing of the 29th Independence Bowl that RedHawk offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery has been named the 32nd head coach of Miami's venerable football program. Montgomery, who has been with the program as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2001, succeeds Terry Hoeppner, who accepted the head coaching position at Indiana University on Dec. 17.
"After a search process that moved quickly but with purpose, it became clear that Shane Montgomery is the right man to continue the advancement of Miami University's proud football tradition," Bates said. "Coach Montgomery has been a key factor in the recent successes of this program and is truly one of the rising stars in the college coaching profession. I'm excited about the innovative mind and energy he brings to the position and see a promising future for Miami's football program under his guidance."
With his hiring, Montgomery, who turns 38 in March, surpasses Greg Schiano of Rutgers (38), as the youngest head football coach in NCAA Division I-A.
"I'd like to thank Dr. Garland and Brad Bates for giving me the opportunity to become head football coach at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation," Montgomery said. "To know that my name will now be included among the Cradle of Coaches is truly an honor. I look forward to being a part of and continuing the proud tradition of Miami football."
Montgomery, who came to Miami in 2001 as one of the youngest coordinators in the nation, injected new life into a RedHawk offense that has consistently ranked among the nation's best under his tenure. Since Montgomery's first season, Miami has never ranked outside of the top 45 nationally in total offense and has consistently ranked among the top 30 in passing offense. In 2003, Montgomery's offense ranked second nationally at 501.1 yards per game and shattered Mid-American Conference records for yards of total offense in a season (7,016) and touchdown rushing and passing in a season (74). This season, Montgomery's offense is producing 408.0 yards of total offense per game and ranks 11th nationally in passing offense (282.9) despite losing five starters--two of which are starting in the NFL.
As quarterbacks coach, Montgomery has been instrumental in the development of Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie Ben Roethlisberger and current Miami junior Josh Betts. Together, Roethlisberger and Betts have combined to assemble the top four single-season passing seasons in program history, including the only four 3,000-yard passing campaigns in Miami history. Roethlisberger, who finished his career as Miami's all-time leader in passing yardage (10,829), completions (854) and touchdowns (84), was a three-time all-MAC selection who earned league MVP honors and was a third-team AP All-American in 2003. Betts, in his first year as a starter, ranks 12th nationally in total offense at 280.3 yards per game and entered the Independence Bowl with 3,255 yards passing--the second-highest single-season total in program history.
A 2003 finalist for the prestigious Frank Broyles award, which is given annually to the nation's top assistant coach, Montgomery has guided four of the five top offenses in Miami history, based on yards of total offense, and has helped the RedHawks to back-to-back MAC East Division titles, MAC Championship game appearances and bowl game invites. Miami's four-year record with Montgomery on staff has been an impressive 35-15 (.700).
A native of Newark, Ohio, Montgomery came to Miami from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he had served in several capacities from 1993-2000. Montgomery joined the I-AA Moccasins as quarterbacks coach in February of 1993 and served in that capacity until June of 1995. During the 1995 campaign, Montgomery's role expanded to include co-offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator duties as well as quarterback coaching responsibilities for a team that featured eventual NFL All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens. Montgomery finished his well-rounded career at Tennessee-Chattanooga as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, guiding a different wide receiver to first-team all-league plaudits in each of his final four years.
After an impressive playing career at North Carolina State, Montgomery made his coaching debut as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, where he worked from 1991 to 1993. As a quarterback for the Wolfpack from 1987-89, Montgomery earned three straight varsity letters and saw action in three straight bowl games. The Offensive MVP of both the 1988 Peach Bowl and 1989 Copper Bowl, Montgomery was a second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior. He finished his collegiate career completing 421-of-746 passes for 5,298 yards and 31 touchdowns. In a 1989 contest versus Duke, Montgomery passed for 535 yards, which still stands as N.C. State's single-game record.
Montgomery was recruited to N.C. State from Newark Catholic High School, where he starred on the football field from 1981-85 and helped the Green Wave to two state championships. In 2001, he was inducted into the Newark Catholic Hall of Fame.
"Ohio has some of the greatest high school football in the country, and being able to compete at that level while I was in high school meant a lot to my development as a player and coach," Montgomery said. "I look forward to continually developing relationships with the high school football coaches in Ohio."
Montgomery resides in Oxford with his wife, Sandy, and two sons Tanner (7) and Trent (4).