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Montana Tech football coach Chuck Morrell to take assistant job at Fresno State

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Posted at 7:54 PM, Jan 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 01:04:13-05

(Editor's note: This story will be updated.)

BUTTE -- MTN Sports has confirmed that Montana Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell will accept an assistant coaching position at Division I Fresno State University.

Morrell wrapped up his ninth season with Montana Tech in 2019 after initially being hired in December of 2010. During his tenure in Butte, Morrell earned the Frontier Conference coach of the year award in 2012, 2015 and 2016, and was also named the AFCA regional coach of the year in 2015 and 2016.

The Orediggers' 2012 Frontier Conference title was the program's first since 2004, included an eight-game win streak and qualified the program for the NAIA postseason for the first time since 2005.

Morrell's teams posted a 52-44 record in his nine years with the program, including a 6-4 mark this fall.

Morrell will join the recently-hired Kalen DeBoer at Fresno State, after the Bulldogs hired their former offensive coordinator away from Indiana last month. DeBoer was the head coach at the University of Sioux Falls at the same time Morrell was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. From 2006-09, DeBoer and Morrell helped lead USF to three NAIA national championships, including a 23-7 victory over Carroll College in 2008.

Sioux Falls was the most dominant program in the NAIA at the time, posting a record of 56-1, with the lone loss a 17-9 defeat to Carroll College in the 2007 national championship game.

Morrell also served as the University of South Dakota defensive coordinator in 2009-10, before moving to Montana Tech the following season.

Morrell and DeBoer were also teammates at Sioux Falls, where Morrell was the leading tackler for the Cougars' 1996 NAIA D-II national championship team. He is an inductee in the Cougars' athletic hall of fame.

Montana Tech's athletic administration has yet to comment on Morrell's departure.