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Griz Defensive Coordinator Leaves for Montana State

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When Jeff Choate began identifying candidates to become defensive coordinator on his first Montana State coaching staff, his priority list included the ability to motivate players, a strong record of success, and if possible ties to the state of Montana.

Choate found his man in Ty Gregorak, linebackers coach at the University of Montana for 12 years and defensive coordinator for the last four. Gregorak has coached 26 All-Big Sky players in his time at Montana, including current NFL linebackers Brock Coyle and Jordan Tripp.

“I’m extremely excited to hire a coach with Ty’s reputation for coordinating defenses and coaching young men,” Choate said. “His ability to communicate and motivate players is one of his strong suits, and that was one of my top priorities in a defensive coordinator. His record of leading outstanding defenses speaks for itself. His familiarity with our conference and his credibility in Montana are great assets. This is a home run hire for the Bobcats, and I'm very happy to welcome Ty.”

Choate indicated that Gregorak will coordinate the Bobcats’ defense without assignment to a specific position group. “That will allow him to really dig into coaching the coaches and making sure our defense is on track,” Choate said. “I know he will coach a dominating defense here at Montana State.”

Gregorak and Choate met many years ago through former Montana head coach Mick Delaney, who coached at Choate's alma mater, Western Montana College (now UM Western). "I've always felt we think about football in a similar way," Choate said. "I think it should be a great fit."

A Spokane native, Gregorak was a graduate assistant at Washington in 2001 and ’02 after finishing his playing career at Colorado (1997-2000). He is married for former Bobcat volleyball standout Kandice Kelly.

Griz head coach Bob Stitt made the following statement on Gregorak's departure

“We would like to thank Coach Gregorak for his years of service to the Montana football program, and we wish him all the best in his career moving forward. We will make an announcement regarding the new Defensive Coordinator in the near future.” 

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