BILLINGS – Rocky Mountain College head football coach Jason Petrino informed the school Monday morning that he’s accepted a Division I assistant coaching position, according to a release from Rocky’s athletics department.
“Our goal is to have a new head football coach hired and in place in seven to 10 days,” said RMC Executive Vice President Brad Nason. “We want to thank Coach Petrino for all of his hard work and for what he and his staff have done to make our football program top in the Frontier Conference.”
Petrino just finished his third year with the program and won Frontier Conference Coach of the Year honors after guiding Rocky to its first league championship in 19 years. The Bears also earned a postseason berth but lost in the opening round at top-seeded Morningside, Iowa, 49-20. Rocky finished the 2018 season with an 8-4 overall record. The Bears were 4-7 in Petrino’s first year and and 6-5 last season.
Petrino came to Rocky from University of South Dakota, where he was a defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach under legendary coach Joe Glenn.
The release didn’t reveal Petrino’s next stop, but Nason said Petrino is leaving for an FCS school in the Midwest and that Rocky players were informed late Monday afternoon.
Petrino didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.