Brady Hoke vows to make quick hire after Jerry Montgomery's move to Oklahoma becomes official
Oklahoma officially announced Tuesday that it has hired former Michigan defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, according to an online release.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke issued a statement a short time later vowing to quickly fill the opening.
"We appreciate the work Jerry did in his two seasons here with the defensive ends and continuing to help build the foundation on our defensive line," he said. "We wish Jerry, Natalie and their entire family nothing but the best.
"You always hate to lose members of your staff, but you know going in that at a program like Michigan, other schools and NFL teams are going to come after them. However, I am confident that we will name a new coach who fits in very well with our staff soon."
Reports surfaced last week that Montgomery, who spent two years with the Wolverines, would be hired to replace Sooners defensive line coach Jackie Shipp.
Montgomery, making his first comments since the move, said Oklahoma presented a unique opportunity that was too too much to turn down.
"Coach (Bob) Stoops and his staff have an unbelievable reputation in the coaching community, and I'm excited to get to work with them," Montgomery said according to a release posted on Soonersports.com. "I'm very appreciative that I was able to work with Coach (Brady) Hoke and our student-athletes at the University of Michigan.
"There were very few situations that could have convinced me to leave Ann Arbor, but the opportunity to join Coach (Bob) Stoops and a storied program like the University of Oklahoma was one of them."
Montgomery officially becomes the first departure of Hoke's tenure at Michigan. The staff was one of just three nationally that had remained intact since the 2011 season.
The Wolverines, who open spring camp in less than three weeks, will look to quickly fill the opening. But it remains unclear whether the hire will be made for defensive line, where Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison have extensive experience.
Hoke already personally coaches the defensive tackles.
Montgomery's loss will be felt most in recruiting, where he had a hand in securing three of Michigan's four 2014 commitments.
He also played a key role in six signings from 2013, including the two highest-rated players according to Rivals, tailback Derrick Green and defensive tackle Henry Poggi.
"Jerry Montgomery is a talented coach who further strengthens our staff at the University of Oklahoma," Stoops said in a release. "I have closely followed Jerry's progress as he has ascended through the coaching ranks.
"I have been impressed by his ability to recruit some of the nation's top student-athletes and then develop their skills once they arrive on campus. We are excited to have Jerry and his family join the Sooners."
Montgomery was a four-year starter at Iowa. He coached the defensive line at Wyoming before joining Hoke's first staff at Michigan in 2011.
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