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Bob Stitt, Montana parts ways

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Montana Grizzlies have decided to part ways with head coach Bob Stitt. His contract was not renewed by the school after three seasons.

“These decisions are always difficult,” athletic director Kent Haslam said. “…and I understand how this impacts many people. I appreciate Bob’s contributions to the University of Montana and Grizzly Athletics. He worked tirelessly to move the football program forward with a focus on overall student-athlete success.”

Former Montana Grizzlies head coach Bob Stitt (Getty Images)

Former Montana Grizzlies head coach Bob Stitt (Getty Images)

A national search has begun immediately by the school. Yet, Haslam mentioned that he has not talked to any potential candidates yet.

The Grizzlies lost for the past two seasons against rival Montana State Bobcats. The team has also missed out on the FCS playoffs for the second straight year.

Stitt has gone 21-14 in three seasons with the team. Montana had a 7-4 record this season.

“One thing I’ve really appreciated about coach Stitt is the culture that he created,” Haslam said. “This culture of team unity, of respect, of collaboration. I’m confident we’ll attract a highly qualified coach.”

Prior to becoming the Montana head coach, he spent 15 seasons as the Colorado Mines head coach. As the Orediggers head coach, he went 108-62, including 83-44 within the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

He guided the Orediggers to three playoff appearances. His teams lost twice in the NCAA Division II first round and lost in the NCAA Division II second round in 2004.

In Stitt’s first season with the Grizzlies, he went 8-5 and lost in the FCS playoffs second round.

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