Chad Germer seems to have a hard time staying away from Missoula.
Montana's latest -- and former -- offensive line coach is in his third stop with the Grizzlies, four if you count those years as a player when he was an All-American center in the early 90s.
Missoula may have changed some in that time -- there's how many mega stores out on Reserve Street now? -- but Coach Germer, now 46, sure hasn't.
"I'm the same," he said, plainly, before elaborating on his time away. "You learn every year no matter where you are, try and improve and learn new things. I try to keep it simple and play confident and aggressive."
After graduating from UM in 1993 with a degree in business administration, the Three Forks native made a go of it in the NFL as a free-agent signee with Cincinnati in 1992. He started his coaching career back at Montana in 1998 as O-line coach before leaving for Wyoming to work with former Griz head coach Joe Glenn.
In 2009, Germer made another stop in Missoula, though for just one season, following head coach Bobby Hauck to UNLV. After five years, the mountains of western Montana came calling again.
He joined new head coach Bob Stitt's staff in December as one of the first positional coaches hired under Stitt.