BUTTE – One of the items on Jeff Choate’s checklist when he took over as Montana State’s head football coach position 10 days ago was to “get the best coaches in the state of Montana on my staff.”
He took another step in that direction Wednesday morning, hiring Montana Western head coach B.J. Robertson.
Robertson, who joins the staff as assistant coach/director of high school relations, comes to the Bobcat program after three seasons spent reviving the Western program as its head coach.
Robertson is the third Montana Western alum to be hired by the Bobcats. New head coach Choate is a ’93 graduate of UMW and earlier this month Rocky Mountain head coach Brian Armstrong, a ’98 UMW grad, was named to the staff.
Robertson led the Bulldogs to a 7-3 record in 2015, a No. 15 ranking in the final NAIA Coaches Poll, and just missed the Frontier Conference title and a trip to the NAIA playoffs. Robertson, who compiled a 17-13 record in three seasons at Western, announced his decision to the Western team Wednesday morning.