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Ty is now in his 11th season overall as a coach at Montana. This is his third season as the Grizzlies' defensive coordinator.
Last season the Griz "D" was ranked second in the FCS in turnover margin (+1.4), fifth in fumble recoveries (16), eighth in total turnovers (32), ninth in red zone defense and 28th in scoring defense (allowing 22.9 ppg). Two seasons ago UM was second in the nation with 3.73 sacks a game, and fourth in rush defense (allowing 92.6 yards a game).
Gregorak, 35, 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 10 seasons with the Griz they have won eight league championships, and have an overall record of 106-28. Those teams advanced to three (2004, 2008, 2009) FCS title games and two semi-finals (2006 and 2011).
In his 10-year tenure at UM he has coached 23 all-conference players. This past season Griz linebackers J.P Kanongata'a and Jordan Tripp were a 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 for the 2014 season.
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 fourth (335), Ryan is eighth (304), Lebsock is 10th (294), Coyle and McSurdy are tied for 11th (293), and Kanongata'a is 17th (269).
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, who is an assistant volleyball coach at UM. He earned a B.A. degree at Colorado in Communication in 2001. Ty has a son, Gage, 5, and daughter, Gabby, who will be one in November of 2014.
Kelly, a four-time all-conference player at MSU, was the head women's volleyball coach at North Idaho College in 20111 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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