BOZEMAN – Montana State running backs coach Michael Pitre is leaving the Montana State Bobcats for the same job at Oregon State, the university announced Wednesday. Pitre has been with the Bobcats since 2014 and was their longest tenured assistant coach.

Pitre turned the Cats into the best rushing team in the Big Sky Conference with 249.5 yards per game. In each of his four seasons, MSU finished in the FCS top-20 rushing teams.

The former UCLA starting fullback, who blocked for NFL star Maurice Jones Drew, spent time this summer with Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, coaching and learning with the pros. Now he takes those talents to the Beavers, who have strong Montana connections.

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First-year head coach Jonathan Smith was an assistant for Montana during the 2010-20112 season and worked with Montana State head coach Jeff Choate at Washington from 2014-2015. Pitre isn’t the only Bobcat on OSU’s staff: Former assistant Jim Michalczik is the team’s offensive line coach and run-game coordinator.

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