Jerry Montgomery officially introduced as OU defensive line coach
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
NORMAN — Jerry Montgomery was officially introduced as Oklahoma’s defensive line coach by the school on Tuesday afternoon.
Montgomery had spent the past two seasons in the same capacity at Michigan.
“Jerry Montgomery is a talented coach who further strengthens our staff at the University of Oklahoma,” Bob Stoops said in a statement. “I have closely followed Jerry’s progress as he has ascended through the coaching ranks. I have been impressed by his ability to recruit some of the nation’s top student-athletes and then develop their skills once they arrive on campus. We are excited to have Jerry and his family join the Sooners.”
Montgomery replaces former assistant Jackie Shipp, who was named as Arizona State’s defensive line coach earlier Tuesday.
Montgomery played four seasons at Iowa (1998-2001). His coaching career included defensive line duties at Wyoming (2009-10) and Northern Iowa (2007-08).
“It’s truly a privilege to join the University of Oklahoma,” said Montgomery in a statement. “Coach Stoops and his staff have an unbelievable reputation in the coaching community, and I’m excited to get to work with them. I’m very appreciative that I was able to work with Coach (Brady) Hoke and our student-athletes at the University of Michigan.
“There were very few situations that could have convinced me to leave Ann Arbor, but the opportunity to join Coach Stoops and a storied program like the University of Oklahoma was one of them.”
Montgomery is 33 and now is the youngest assistant coach on OU’s staff. Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is 34.