Former Montana Grizzlies coach Bob Stitt named offensive coordinator at Texas State

Posted at 7:00 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 00:42:01-05

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Bob Stitt is the new offensive coordinator at Texas State, the program announced on Wednesday.

Stitt, the former Montana head coach who is widely considered one of the great offensive minds in football, will join Jake Spatival’s staff with the Bobcats. Spatival was named Texas State’s 20th head coach at a press conference on Nov. 30.

Spatival was previously the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at West Virginia. The Mountaineers ranked No. 8 nationally in total offense during the 2018 regular season, accumulating 5,724 yards. Spatival also had prior stops at California and Texas A&M.

Stitt is heading to Texas State after spending last season as an offensive analyst at Oklahoma State. He spent three seasons as the head coach at Montana, compiling a 21-14 record from 2015-17. He did not have his contract renewed after the 2017 season, opening the door for Bobby Hauck’s return to UM.

Stitt’s tenure at Montana couldn’t have started better. The Grizzlies defeated top-ranked North Dakota State 38-35 at Washington-Grizzly in Stitt’s first game on the sideline. UM went 8-5 that season, advancing to the FCS playoffs and defeating South Dakota State in the first round. The Bison topped the Griz 37-6 in the second round of those playoffs.

Stitt’s Grizzlies went 6-5 and 7-4 the next two seasons, ending each year with losses to rival Montana State and missing out on the playoffs.

Texas State is an FBS team competing in the Sun Belt Conference. The Bobcats went 3-9 last season and 1-7 in league play, ending the year with three consecutive losses in which they scored a combined 21 points.