Former Griz QBs Dickenson and Edwards to speak, 2013 team captains to be announced
Sophomore defensive end from Missoula is ranked fifth in the FCS and leads the league in sacks
Junior LB a candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year in the FCS
Montana to hold second & final scrimmage of fall camp Saturday morning
Montana must replace three starting defensive backs this season
Montana vs. Eastern Washington (12/6/14)
Montana vs. Sacramento State (11/1/14)
Montana vs. Montana State (11/23/13)
Action shots of Scrimmage
Montana vs. Idaho State (10/26/12)
Ty is now in his 12th season overall as an assistant coach at Montana overseeing the linebackers, and his third as the Grizzlies' defensive coordinator.
Montana led the Big Sky Conference in five defensive categories in the 2014 season and ranked among the national leaders in four categories. The Griz were ranked third in the FCS in turnover margin (+1.23); seventh in sacks (3.29 pg); 13th in red zone defense (70.8%); and 19th (tie) in scoring defense (allowing 21.0 ppg).
Senior defensive end Zack Wagenmann was named the league's defensive player of the year in 2014, and all 11 starters received all-conference recognition, with three selected to the first team. UM's three junior linebackers, Kendrick Van Ackeren, Jeremiah Kose, and Herbert Gamboa, earned second, third, and honorable mention all-conference recognition.
A year ago, the Griz were ranked third in turnover margin (+1.0), fifth in fumble recoveries (16), eighth in total turnovers (32), ninth in red zone defense and 28th in scoring defense (allowing 22.9 ppg). Three seasons ago Montana was second in the nation with 3.73 sacks a game, and fourth in rush defense (allowing 92.6 yards a game).
Gregorak, 36, returned to Montana in 2011after a one-year stint at Central Washington, where he worked with the tight ends for the 8-3 Wildcats. Prior to his one-year stint at CWU, he had a seven-year tenure at Montana under the tutelage of former mentor Bobby Hauck. In his 11 seasons with the Griz they have won eight league championships, and have an overall record of 115-33. Those teams advanced to three (2004, 2008, 2009) FCS title games and two semi-finals (2006 and 2011).
Ty is in his 15th season of coaching in the college ranks. During his 11-year tenure with the Grizzlies he has coached 26 all-conference players. In 2013, Montana linebackers J.P Kanongata'a and Jordan Tripp were first team all-league picks, while fellow senior Brock Coyle was a second team selection. Tripp played in the 2014 Senior Bowl and participated in the NFL combine. Coyle played in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Tripp was drafted in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins, and Coyle was an undrafted free-agent who signed with the defending Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks, and both linebackers made the 53-man roster for those respective teams in 2014.
Other standout linebackers he has coached at Montana include Tyler Corwin, Brandon Fisher, Shawn Lebsock, Tyler Joyce, Shane MacIntyre, Kyle Ryan, and Loren Utterback - all of whom were All-Big Sky picks. Joyce is ranked second in school history with 356 career tackles, while Tripp is fifth (335), Ryan is ninth (304), Lebsock is 11th (294), Coyle and Caleb McSurdy are tied for 12th (293), and Kanongata'a is 18th (269). McSurdy was tabbed the Big Sky player of the year on defense in 2011, and drafted in the seventh round by the Dallas Cowboys.
Gregorak coached the secondary in his first season (2003) at Montana. Before coming to Montana, Ty served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Washington in 2001 and 2002.
He was a three-year letterman at linebacker for the University of Colorado, from 1997-2000. He was the recipient of the Lee Willard Award (outstanding freshman) for the Buffaloes in 1997. In 1998, CU played in the Aloha Bowl, while the 1999 squad played in the Insight.Com Bowl. He was a 2000 Academic All-Big XII selection, and a finalist for the National Academic-Athletic Achievement Award that year.
He was a standout prep athlete at West Valley High School in Spokane, Wash., and in 1996 was Washington's Defensive Player of the Year and voted Super Prep Magazine's West Coast Defensive Player of the Year.
In 1997, he was named West Valley High School's Student-Athlete of the Year. He was named to several All-American teams that year, including USA Today. He was named team captain of the East squad in the Washington State All-Star game in 1997. He was team captain for the West in the 1997 High School All-American Game in Orlando, Florida.
Ty is married to former Montana State volleyball standout Kandice Kelly. He earned a B.A. degree at Colorado in Communication in 2001. Ty has a son, Gage, 6, and a 1-year-old daughter, Gabby.
Kelly, a four-time all-conference player at MSU, was the head women's volleyball coach at North Idaho College in 2011 and 2012, when her teams placed eighth and ninth in the nation, and she was twice voted the conference's "Coach of the Year."
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