Colorado School of Mines has hired former New Mexico State offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon as head coach to replace the departed Bob Stitt, who took the head coaching job at Montana last month.

Mines announced Brandon's hire Tuesday.

Brandon, who just finished his second season at New Mexico State, has coached experience with seven Division I programs and more than 33 years as a coach in all.

FBS New Mexico State ranked No. 54 in the nation among FBS schools this past season in passing yards per game (241.6) and 50th in total offense (5,051 yards).

Brandon has held coaching positions at Wyoming, Bowling Green, Utah State, Northwestern, Colorado, Virginia, as well as with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.

Stitt was hired as the 36th head coach in Griz program history Dec. 16.