UM Football Coach Names Two Assistants

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – University of Montana football coach Robin Pflugrad has named two veterans of Pac-10 programs to his coaching staff.

Dick Arbuckle was named the special teams coach while Rob Oviatt was named the strength and conditioning coach.

Arbuckle has been a volunteer assistant coach at Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore., for the past five seasons as the team won a string of 57 games and won state 6A championships in 2007 and 2009. He has 15 years as an assistant at Pac-10 schools including Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State and Oregon. He most recently was tight ends and special teams coach at ASU from 1992-2000.

He has also written a book titled, “Special Teams: The Winning Edge.”

Oviatt has been involved in strength and conditioning for the past 30 years, including 19 years at Pac-10 schools. He was most recently assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning at Washington State from 2000-2008.

Oviatt has also worked at Louisiana State and Kentucky, where he was named the SEC strength coach of the year in 1997 and 1998. He was director of strength and conditioning for all sports at Oregon State from 1985-1994. Oviatt served as president of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association from 2004-08.