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Jimmy Morimoto
Director of Football Operations

A Maui native, Morimoto enters his first year as Montana's assistant athletic director for football operations in 2018 after one season as the director of operations at Hawaii.

Prior to that, he spent two years overseeing recruitment as Fresno State's director of player personnel (2015-16) and eight years at UNLV (2007-14), where he served under current UM head coach Bobby Hauck as the director of player personnel.
In Las Vegas he served as the Rebels’ assistant video coordinator and assistant recruiting coordinator for two years before spending six seasons as the director of player personnel.
A former head coach at Baldwin High School in Maui, Morimoto led the Bears to a 21-2-1 record and a pair of league titles in two seasons. He served on the Baldwin staff for a total of 15 years.
Morimoto earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in 2002, and a teaching certificate from Chaminade in 2004. He also received a master’s degree from Walden University in 2007.
He and his wife Tammie have four children, Alyssa, Jimmy Jr., Karissa, and Jaden.

Matt Nicholson
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Nicholson is in his third season as the Grizzly football program’s strength and conditioning coach. He also serves at the team's NFL Liaison.

He came to Montana from Colorado School of Mines in 2015 where he worked with Griz head coach Bob Stitt for two seasons. At Mines, Nicholson coached the linebackers as well directed the strength and conditioning program for the football team, in addition to other sports.

In his last season at Mines, the Orediggers went 10-2 and tied for the conference championship with an 8-1 league record and advanced to the NCAA playoffs. The 10-2 record gave Coach Stitt his 13th winning season in 15 years and program-record eight-straight winning seasons overall. Two of Nicholson’s linebackers, Kole Kadavy and Billy Sprague, were selected to the first team All-RMAC.

In 2013, the Orediggers posted an 8-3 record, including a 7-2 record in the RMAC to finish 2nd in the league. Nicholson’s pupil, Tyler Denson, was a first team All-RMAC selection.

Prior to Golden, Nicholson spent three years as an assistant coach at his alma-mater, the University of Houston. He spent nine months as a weight room assistant before joining the football staff as a graduate assistant. He assisted with the linebackers in 2011 and helped the club to rank amongst national leaders in sacks, tackles-for-loss and interceptions. Additionally, the Cougars posted a 13-1 record and won the Ticket City Bowl against Penn State in the 2011 campaign. In 2012, he was a defensive backs assistant before returning back to a linebacker assistant in 2013.

Nicholson also was selected to be the head football coach for the Houston Youth Impact Program in 2011. The Youth Impact Program was designed to mentor at-risk youth by combining academic and life skills tutoring with football skills. Over 100 middle school-aged boys joined the program.

Nicholson played linebacker at Houston from 2006-2010, racking up 179 tackles, despite missing 20 games his final three season due to injuries. Starting his career as a walk-on and progressing to a scholarship player, he played in 47 career games for the Cougars and served as a team captain during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He was named Tom Wilson Off-season MVP in both 2009 and 2010 and was also named Houston’s special teams player of the year in 2006 as a true freshman walk-on. He was also a 2010 Burlsworth Trophy nominee, which is awarded to college football’s most outstanding player who began their career as a walk-on.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology/Sport Administration from Houston in December 2010. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development in the spring of 2013 from Houston as well.

A native of Plano, Texas, and a product of Plano Senior High School, Nicholson helped carry the Wildcats to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the regional finals as a senior. Nicholson was an honorable mention 5A all-state selection as a senior for the wildcats in football in addition to being named first-team all-state in lacrosse.

Matt has a son, Ryan.

Lennard Manke
Video Coordinator

Manke is in his third season on the Montana staff, and 2017 will mark his first year as a wide receivers assistant coach. In 2016 Manke served as a defensive analyst fo the Griz. He started in 2015 as the team's video coordinator.