Mike Breske
Mike Breske

Defensive Coordinator


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Mike is in his second season as Montana's defensive coordinator and coach of the safeties, and is serving as UM's D-coordinator for the second time in his long and successful coaching career.

He is no stranger to Grizzly football, as he was the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Montana for head coach Joe Glenn from 2000-2002.

During his previous three seasons as a Griz coach, Montana prospered, winning the Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA) national championship in 2001, finishing as the runner-up in 2000, and advancing to the quarter-finals in 2002.

Mike made an immediate impact in his first season back with the Griz, as they were ranked 10th in the nation in total defense, giving up just 289.82 yards per game. In 2010, Montana was ranked 14th in the FCS in tackles for loss (7.64 pg) and 18th in sacks (2.64 pg). Last season UM held opponents to 28% (49-of-172) in third down conversions.

Last season strong safety Erik Stoll was a first team All-Big Sky selection, while free safety Jimmy Wilson was an honorable mention pick.

Breske (pronounced bress-key), has 30 years of coaching experience. Prior to re-joining the Grizzly program in 2010, he served a one-year stint as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at North Dakota State University.

Prior to the NDSU job he was as the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator and secondary coach for Glenn at the University of Wyoming from 2003-08. In 2006 the Cowboys were ranked ninth in the nation in total defense, while they were 22nd in 2007, and 43rd in 2008.

He was the defensive coordinator for Northern Colorado's powerhouse teams from 1987- 99. He was also the defensive coordinator at Wayne State College (Neb.) from 1983-87; the secondary coach at Yankton (S.D.) College in 1982-83; and was a graduate assistant coach at Northern Iowa from 1981-82.

Breske was an all-conference cornerback and team captain at South Dakota State, playing there from 1976-80.

He earned a bachelor's degree at SDSU in 1981 and a master's at Northern Iowa in 1982. Mike and his wife Tami have three children, Cari, Adam, and Taylor. They have four grandchildren: two granddaughters, Mikayla and Katelyn, and two grandsons, Bryson and Dylan.

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