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Morrell to lead Oredigger Football


12/20/2010

Montana Tech is thrilled to announce they have hired Chuck Morrell as their new head football coach. "We are excited that Chuck accepted the head football coaching position," announced Joe McClafferty, athletic director at Montana Tech. "When Chuck came to our campus, he talked a lot about family and we are pleased that he will now become a member of the Montana Tech and Butte families. Chuck’s success is unprecedented and I feel he has the knowledge, skill set, and blueprint to help us complete our mission of winning championships with student-athletes who graduate." Chancellor Frank Gilmore added, "Chuck is an excellent fit for Montana Tech, our programs, and the Butte community."

Morrell will immediately take over the coaching duties at Montana Tech. He and his family will relocate from Tyndall, South Dakota to Butte.

"I am excited to be joining the Montana Tech family. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Coach Bob Green," explained Coach Chuck Morrell. "The contribution Coach Green has made to Montana Tech, to Butte, and to the Frontier Conference is unequaled." Morrell goes on to say, "I would like to thank Chancellor Frank Gilmore, Joe McClafferty, and the search committee for making me feel welcome during my time in Butte. This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to leading the student-athletes at an outstanding academic institution in an esteemed conference."

On December 9, Montana Tech announced they narrowed their pool of candidates for the head football coaching job down to two finalists. The finalists were on the Montana Tech campus last week for interviews.

About Chuck Morrell: Currently, Chuck is the defensive coordinator for the University of South Dakota (USD). Prior to going to USD, Chuck was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of Sioux Falls (USF) from 1998 through 2009. During his time at USF, the team won national championships in 2006, 2008, and 2009. In 2007, the team was national runners-up. From 2005-2009, Sioux Falls’ overall record was 67-3 with Chuck as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

Chuck has a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-medicine from the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD. He was a defensive back for the University of Sioux Falls from 1995-97 and was an outside linebacker for the University of South Dakota from 1993-94.

All inquiries regarding Montana Tech Athletics should be directed to athletic director, Joe McClafferty at 406-496-4301.