Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers
Montana Head Coach Bobby Hauck has mostly stuck to a clear formula when hiring his coaching staff since taking the reins of the Grizzly football program in November: get coaches with experience at the highest levels of college football, and get coaches with Montana in their blood.
On Tuesday Hauck once again checked both of those boxes, officially welcoming back Griz legend Brent Pease to his staff to serve as the assistant head coach and receivers coach.
Pease, a prolific Grizzly quarterback and national championship winning assistant coach under Don Read, returns to Missoula after six years playing professionally and 27 years coaching some of the premier programs in the nation. With the addition of Pease, Hauck's staff now carries with it a total of 185 combined years of coaching experience.
"To have Brent Pease as the Assistant Head Coach to help guide and lead the program is a great benefit to Montana football. With his experience and both he and Paula’s ties to the university, it is a big win for our school and our program to have him back," said Hauck.
Over the last two decades, Pease has served as a position coach and offensive coordinator for notable programs such as Kentucky, Baylor, Boise State, Florida, Washington, and most recently, Texas El Paso.
"Brent has coached for a lot of years at a lot of great programs with a lot of great coaches. He has a strong background in offensive football, and his ability to help us put our offense into place as well as being able to coach any position on the field is going to enhance our ability to move the football and score points."
As a senior on the 1986 Grizzlies, Pease led the nation all of DI-AA football in total offense, averaging over 309 yards per game, and passing for 3,056 total yards and 30 touchdowns, a school record at the time.
After playing professionally for six seasons in the NFL and the World League, he returned to his alma mater to begin his coaching career in 1991 as an offensive assistant. He would remain on the Grizzly staff until 1998, serving as the OC his final three years.
With so much history at the University of Montana, Pease says the decision to return was an easy one when Hauck came calling in late 2017.
"It really didn't take me long to answer him. I am very excited about coming back to the tradition and everything this place is about," said Pease. "Whenever you get a chance to come back to a school you have a tremendous amount of passion for, I think the decision making process is easy."
Not only is Pease coming back to a place he has a passion for, he's reconnecting with an old classmate in Hauck, making the coaching reunion that much more meaningful.
"Coach Hauck and I have been friends ever since we went to school together here. I was very humbled an honored to be a part of what he's putting together on his second time around," Pease added.
"I've followed this place since the day I left. I know what this school has been built on, I know the DNA of it, and I want it to win. I'm just excited to be part of it."
After graduating from Montana, Pease was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the eleventh round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He spent his first two seasons in the league with the Houston Oilers before moving to the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears for one season each. He finished his playing career in the World League and Arena League, suiting up for Birmingham, New York/New Jersey and Cincinnati.
Upon picking up a whistle at Montana, Pease served as an offensive assistant under Read through the 1995 season, when he was promoted to offensive coordinator. That season, Pease's offense, led by quarterback Brian Ah Yat, set still-standing school records for most passing yards in a game (560) and most passing touchdowns in a season (42) en route to the 1996 national championship game.
After a two year stint as the OC at Northern Arizona under former Griz coach Jerome Souers, Pease went on to the SEC where he was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator of the Kentucky Wildcats under head coach Guy Morriss. After two years at Kentucky, Pease followed Morriss to Baylor for three seasons.
Pease then joined head coach Chris Petersen at Boise State in 2006 as a receivers coach, getting promoted to assistant head coach a year later. During his time at Boise State, Pease helped mentor Heisman Trophy finalist and record-breaking quarterback Kellen Moore, who became the first quarterback in FBS history to win 50 games in his career.
In his six seasons in Boise, Pease and the Broncos played in six-straight bowl games and helped lead the team to a No. 4 ranking.
Pease then took over as the OC for the Florida Gators in 2012 and 2013 before re-joining Petersen at the University of Washington as the receivers coach. After two seasons in Seattle, Pease then took over at the OC at UTEP in 2016 and 2017.
With experience guiding numerous future NFL players and some of the most productive offenses in college football, Pease says hopes to lead Montana's receiving corps in the same direction.
“I want to make them understand what the standard of the position is and the standard of this place is all about. To make them understand what the expectations are, and there is a level to achieve,” said Pease.
“I'm here to make them a better football player so they can be the best version of themselves and be productive members of the community.”
Pease's wife, the former Paula Good, is also a Montana alum and member of the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame. The former Grizzly Track and Field star was a member of the 1987 team that scored 173 points on the final day of Mountain West Conference Track Championships to win the team title. She won the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and was a member of the winning 400 and 1600 meter relay teams, earning her Mountain West MVP honors that year.
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
When Bobby Hauck was introduced as the Grizzlies' 37th head football coach, he made recruiting the state of Montana one of his top priorities – and he wasn't just referring to the student-athletes.
Having already retained three assistant coaches with deep ties to UM, Hauck has added another coach with Montana roots to his staff, bringing back Timm Rosenbach as the Grizzlies' offensive coordinator.
"Timm brings a wealth of experience and a long, distinguished football background. Our players will benefit from being around him every day," said Hauck. "Coach Rosy has a complete and intimate understanding of what we want to do and what we need to do here at Montana. He is a good person and a great football coach."
Rosenbach returns to lead Montana's offense for the second time in his career after serving as the OC for one season in 2012. In that season, the Griz operated the No. 14 offense in the FCS, averaging over 452 yards per game.
His Montana roots run deeper than that, however, having played two years of high school football at Missoula Hellgate while his father Lynn was an assistant coach at UM in the early 80's.
"Once you're in Missoula, it's always in your blood. It's a cool place, the people are awesome, and the football is some of the best anywhere," said Rosenbach. "Very seldom in your adult life do you get an opportunity to come back to a place you love so much and get a chance to work to try to make the place better."
The former Heisman candidate quarterback at Washington State and NFL veteran also served as Hauck's offensive coordinator at UNLV in 2013 and 2014 before taking over as the head coach at Division-II Adams State from 2015 - 2017 season.
"Over the last five years working for Bobby and as a head coach, I probably learned more coaching in those years than up to that point," Rosenbach added.
"You don't take a job like this if you're not ready to bow up and compete. I'm excited to be working for a guy I have a tremendous amount of respect for at a place I think is second to none. As a competitor, what else would you want from the expectations and level of competition here at Montana?"
I his playing days at WSU, Rosenbach finished seventh in the 1988 Heisman Trophy voting. He earned an All-America honorable mention after setting single-season program records for total offense (3,422), passing yards (3,097), and touchdown passes (24) in his final season.
"Coach Rosy" began his coaching career as the quarterback coach at NAIA St. Ambrose in 1999 after nearly a decade of productive, but injury-riddled seasons of professional football.
He then made his first foray into the Big Sky Conference as an assistant at Eastern Washington in 2000 and took over as the Eagle's offensive coordinator from 2001-2002. As the OC, Rosenbach led EWU to the nation's top overall offense in 2001 (514.5 yards per game) and orchestrated a 30-21 win over the Griz in 2002 with 541 yards of total offense.
After two successful seasons at Eastern Washington, Rosenbach returned to his alma mater to serve as the quarterback coach at Washington State from 2003-2007.
In his first year at WSU, the Cougars went 10-3, finishing at No. 9 in the final AP poll with a 28-20 win over Vince Young and No. 6 Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Under Rosenbach's tutelage, quarterback and Havre, Mont., native Matt Kegel threw for 2,947 yards and 21 touchdowns as an All-Pac-10 second team selection.
Rosenbach also coached Cougar great Alex Brink who was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2008 and played four more seasons in the CFL after setting several WSU school passing records. Brink was also a two-time Wuerffel Trophy finalist, honoring the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
After a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator at New Mexico State, Rosenbach returned to Missoula in 2012. He then went on to Las Vegas, and was the offensive coordinator for Hauck's UNLV Rebels.
In his first season with UNLV, the Rebels advanced the Heart of Dallas Bowl, their first bowl appearance since in 15 years and the team's only appearance this century. Rosenbach's offensive unit tallied the second-most points in school history that season, as quarterback Caleb Herring set a UNLV season-record by completing 63 percent of his pass attempts.
As the head coach at Adams State from 2015-2017, The ASU Grizzlies engineered the biggest comeback in NCAA history in a 52-51 double-overtime game against Western State, trailing 42-6 in the second quarter.
Rosenbach holds a bachelor's degree from Washington State in social sciences. He and his wife Kim Exner (a former professional volleyball player) have two daughters, Reece Tammy and Lane.
Running Backs / Recruiting Coordinator
Green, from San Diego, Calif., has worked with the running backs at UM the past six seasons. He worked as a student assistant coach at Montana in 2011, also working with the running backs.
He coached one of the most prolific halfbacks in school history in Jordan Canada. Canada is ranked fourth at Montana in rushing yards (3,435) and rushing touchdowns (40). In his senior season of 2014 he rushed for 1,207 yards the seventh most ever in a year. In 2014 he became the second player in UM history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons (he gained 1,062 in 2013).
2017 marks the first season Green has not coached one of the Nguyen brothers, who each rank in Montana’s top ten all-time rushers. Peter Nguyen is ranked eighth in school history with 1,985 career rushing yards from 2009-12. Peter’s brother John Nguyen finished his career at UM in 2016 as the Grizzlies’ sixth all-time leading rusher with 2,066 career yards. Both brothers earned All-Big Sky honors during their career.
Green had a stellar two-year career at running back at Montana, and he also played for four seasons in the National Football League.
He rushed for 1,784 career yards in his two seasons at Montana in 2003 and 2004, which ranks him 11th in school history. As a junior, he rushed for 1,146 yards and 14 touchdowns, and was chosen the Big Sky "Newcomer of the Year."
He was a fifth round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2005, and had a four-year career in the NFL. He played three seasons at fullback for the Ravens, and then played one year for the Phoenix Cardinals for one season.
Between his stint with the Ravens and Cardinals, he coached for one season at Berean High School in Walnut Creek, Calif., working with the running backs, linebackers, and cornerbacks. He returned to Berean High School again, after his final NFL season with the Cardinals, once again working with the running backs, linebackers, and cornerbacks.
He came to Montana from San Diego Mesa College where he played for one season (2002), and was team captain and co-MVP, rushing for 874 yards and 7 TDs, and was a JC Gridwire All-America honorable mention. He started his college career at San Diego State, where he redshirted in 2000, and he lettered for the Aztecs in 2001.
He was a standout running back at University of San Diego High School where he rushed for 5,397 career yards which at the time was the most in San Diego County history. He was a first team All-C.I.F. selection as a junior and senior. His junior year in high school he rushed for 2,385 yards, which was the fifth most in California prep history, while his senior season he rushed for 1,801 yards and 20 TDs, and was tabbed a USA Today honorable mention All-American.
He earned a degree in sociology at UM. Justin and his wife, Meghan, have two daughters, seven-year-old Giana, and Karis, who is two years old.
Veteran mentor Chad Germer returned to his alma mater for the third time in 2015, and in 2017, enters his third season serving as the Grizzlies’ run game coordinator and offensive line coach. 2017 is also his 20th year of coaching at the college level.
Germer (pronounced “JUR-mur”) came back to Montana from UNLV in 2015, where he coached under former Griz mentor Bobby Hauck for the past five seasons (2010-14). He returned to Montana and coached for one season in 2009 and joined Hauck’s staff the following year at UNLV.
In his first season back at Montana under Coach Stitt (2015), he coached offensive tackle John Schmaing to a place on the second team all-Big Sky Conference squad. In 2017, Germer coached O-linemen to All-Big Sky honors, with David Reese, Jackson Thiebes and Devon Dietrich each earning accolades.
At UNLV, he coached second team All-Mountain West honoree and four-year starter Brett Boyko, who became the first Rebel offensive lineman to be honored by the league since 2004. Boyko was invited to play in the 90th East-West Shrine game, Jan. 17, 2015.
He also coached three-time honorable mention all-league center and Rimington Trophy Watch List selection Robert Waterman at UNLV.
Germer’s lines helped produce the school’s all-time leading rusher as Tim Cornett finished with 3,733 yards, which is also the second-most in conference history.
Prior to taking the position at UNLV, Germer spent six seasons coaching the offensive line at the University of Wyoming from 2003-08, working for former Griz head man Joe Glenn.
He began his coaching career at Montana as a restricted earnings coach in 1998 and was elevated to full-time status the following season. He coached for the Grizzlies from 1998-2002.
At Montana, his lines opened up holes for standout running back Chase Reynolds who rushed for 1,502 yards and 22 touchdowns and was a second team All-America pick in 2009 as a senior. That season the Grizzlies ranked 18th in the FCS in fewest quarterback sacks allowed.
A 1991 All-America center at Montana, he began his coaching career at his alma mater and went on to coach four All-Americans during his first stint at UM, which lasted five years.
Germer earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UM in 1993. Chad and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Nicholas and Alex.
Montana Head Football Coach Bobby Hauck has finalized his staff ahead of the 2018 season with the addition of Jace Schillinger, who will serve as the Grizzlies' tight ends coach.
Though not an alum of the University of Montana, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone with deeper family ties to the program and deeper family ties to football in the state of Montana.
As he settles into his new office in the halls of the Hoyt Athletic Complex, Schillinger might even be too close to those deep family ties, now working alongside his brother Shann Shillinger, UM's safeties coach since 2015.
"I wish our offices weren't right across the hall from one another, but I don't think there will be any wrestling matches," Jace says with a laugh.
"Coaching with Shann will be a unique and fun experience. There are not many chances in life to coach with your brother, especially at a place like the University of Montana. I grew up a Griz fan as a kid, so it's a pretty special opportunity to coach at a school you're passionate about."
Jace Schillinger comes to Missoula after a successful career as both the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at his alma mater Dickinson State in North Dakota, following in both his brother's and his father's footsteps.
"We are really pleased to welcome Jace to the Grizzly family, even though he comes from an extended family with his brother Shann and his dad Jim both former players here," said Hauck.
"Jace brings many years of collegiate coaching experience to our offensive staff. I think he'll do a great job coaching our tight ends, recruiting, and assisting in other areas."
In addition to his brother and father, Jace's football legacy goes deeper than that at the high school level in the Treasure State. His uncle, the legendary Don Schillinger is the second-winningest coach in Montana history with an amazing 318 wins over a 37-year career.
At Dickinson State, Schillinger led the Blue Hawks to three-straight North Star Conference Championships and NAIA Playoff appearances from 2015 to 2017. His offenses averaged 442.7 yards and 37.6 points per game in 2017, a school record.
He also served as Dickinson State's Track and Field coach in 2015, guiding the Blue Hawks to men's and women's North Star Conference Championships and garnering him three Coach of the Year awards.
In 2009 and 2010, Schillinger served as the running backs coach at the University of North Dakota, mentoring two Great West all-conference running backs in Mitch Sutton (2009) and Josh Murray (2010).
His 13-year coaching career also includes stops around Montana at Billings Central Catholic High School, Park High School in Livingston, and his alma mater, Baker High School.
Schillinger graduated from Dickinson State in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. He won three consecutive DAC-10 championships from 2002 to 2004 as a tailback for the Blue Hawks. He was a two-time team captain in 2003 and 2004 and was also a two-time NAIA All-American and first team all-conference selection.
In 2004, he was the recipient of the NAIA Champions of Character Award and was named the DAC-10 Conference Football Athlete of the Year. He was also named the DSU Outstanding Male Physical Education Student of the Year in 2005. He is Dickinson State's all-time leader in rushing yards, all-purpose yards and points scored. In 2014 he was inducted into the Blue Hawk Hall of Fame.
Schillinger graduated from Baker High School in 2000 and won both football and basketball state championships with the Spartans in 1999 and 2000.