New Montana State Football Coach Names 4 Assistants

Choate is retaining three assistants from the previous staff

By Dillon Tabish

BOZEMAN — Montana State’s new football coach Jeff Choate is retaining three assistants from the previous staff and adding Rocky Mountain College head coach Brian Armstrong as his offensive line coach.

Armstrong, like Choate, played college football at Montana Western. He was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Rocky in 2007-08 and has been head coach for the past seven seasons.

Choate also retained assistant head coach and linebackers coach Kane Ioane, a four-time All-American for the Bobcats. Ioane was a graduate assistant during the 2004 season and has been an assistant since then.

Bo Beck will continue as MSU’s recruiting coordinator and will switch coaching duties from the defensive line to tight ends. Michael Pitre will stay on as running backs coach.

Rocky Mountain athletic director Bruce Parker said he hoped to name a new coach for the NAIA school by early January.

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