The average football fan isn’t supposed to know the name of a Division II coach at a highly-academic engineering school tucked near the Rocky Mountains. Nothing, however, is conventional about Bob Stitt.
Stitt, a 15-year coach at the Colorado School of Mines, is set to become the new head coach at FCS powerhouse Montana, according to reports late Friday night from Bruce Feldman of FoxSports.com and FootballScoop.com.
Stitt rose to prominence in the aftermath of the 2012 Orange Bowl after West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen credited him with the nuanced fly sweep that his Mountaineers used to eviscerate Clemson, 70-33. From there, CBSSports.com and USA Today wrote features on Stitt, the coach who managed to build a winning team and a high-flying offense at a school with an average ACT math score of 29 and a 36.4 percent acceptance rate.
In a decade and a half at the helm, Stitt led the Orediggers to a 108-62 record with three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. He twice won the RMAC Coach of the Year award, and earned regional coach of the year honors from D2Football.com and the American Football Coaches’ Association in 2004. Mines consistently moved the ball well through the air, and this year was no exception; the Orediggers ranked second in Division II with 378.3 passing yards per game en route to a 10-2 finish. Clearly, Stitt can coach.
A punny last name – #StittHappens – and good marketing didn’t hurt, though.
— Bob Stitt (@CoachBobStitt) October 8, 2013
Stitt will take over a Montana program that claims two national titles, seven national championship appearances and 18 conference championships. The Grizzlies will open the 2015 season with three-time (and counting) defending national champion North Dakota State in Missoula.