Mick Delaney

Mick Delaney

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Offense has breakout evening in final scrimmage of spring drills

Six different players score touchdowns as the offense racks up 465 yards on a beautiful night in WGS


A look at practice No. 13 as Griz prepare for their final scrimmage

Former Griz QBs Dickenson and Edwards to speak, 2013 team captains to be announced


Griz football team to host spring ball finale on Friday

Enjoy an evening of football, festivities, and fun.


A review of Griz spring football practice No. 12

Final scrimmage slated for Friday, April 19; former Griz QBs Dickenson and Edwards will be on hand


Griz look sharper in spring practice No. 10

Kickers Chris Lider and Harrison Greenberg end practice by nailing eight field goals in a row


Spring Scrimmage

Action & event photos


Montana vs. Coastal Carolina (12/7/13)

Montana vs. Coastal Carolina (12/7/13)


Montana vs. Montana State (11/23/13)

Montana vs. Montana State (11/23/13)


Montana vs. Weber State (11/16/13)

Montana vs. Weber State (11/16/13)


Montana vs. Eastern Washington (10/25/13)

Montana vs. Eastern Washington (10/25/13)

Mick Delaney is in his second season as the head football coach at The University of Montana.

He recently completed his fifth season overall at Montana. From 2008-11 he was UM's associate head coach and oversaw the running backs.

Delaney coached Peter Nguyen, who finished his career in 2012 ranked sixth in school history with 1,985 career rushing yards from 2009-11. He was also instrumental in the development of running back Chase Reynolds, who rushed for 4,067 yards and a school-record 52 touchdowns from 2008-10.

A veteran mentor, Delaney began his coaching career in 1964. The 2013 season will be his 29th season of coaching football at the collegiate level.

Originally from Butte, he came to Montana from Colorado State where he was an assistant coach for former head coach Sonny Lubick for 15 seasons from 1993-2007. Former Griz head coach Bobby Hauck hired Delaney in 2008, and former mentor Robin Pflugrad retained him as he was the lone holdover from Hauck's staff.

While at CSU, Delaney coached some of the finest running backs in school history, including five first-team all-conference selections such as Cecil Sapp (2000). Sapp was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's most outstanding running back and set a school rushing record with 1,601 yards in 2002. Sapp went on to play with the Denver Broncos.

Prior to coaching the Rams, Delaney was the head football coach and athletic director at Western Montana, Dillon, in 1991 and 92. He served as the athletic director at Montana Tech in Butte from 1983-85.

Delaney began his coaching career at Butte Central High School (1964-67) as head wrestling coach and assistant football coach. He also taught English at Central.

Delaney was an assistant football coach under former UM head coach Jack Swarthout from 1968-69. He was the head wrestling coach at Montana at that time as well.

He then moved on to Great Falls High School (1969-76) where he taught English and was an assistant and football coach (1974-77) and also served as the head wrestling coach. He was also an assistant track and field coach. He was an assistant coach on Lubick's staff at Montana State from 1979-80.

He earned his B.A. in education at UM-Western (Western Montana College) in 1964. He is an inaugural inductee into the Western Montana College Sports Hall of Fame and was honored by the Montana Coaches Association in 1972 as the Wrestling Coach of the Year. In 1974 he was named the Football Coach of the Year by that organization. He also belonged to many associations during his athletic career including the Montana Coaches Association from 1968-present.

Mick and his wife Cheri have three children, son Mike, daughters Shauna Basile and Melissa Ossello, and nine grandchildren. His grandson, Mick, will be playing for the Grizzlies in 2013.

Coach Delaney College Coaching Time Line

2012-current: The University of Montana, Head Coach

2008-11: The University of Montana, Associate Head Coach & Running Backs

1993-2007: Colorado State University, Running Backs

1991-92: Western Montana College, Head Coach/Athletic Director

1978-81: Montana State University, Assistant Football Coach

1968-69: The University of Montana, Head Wrestling Coach & Assistant Football Coach

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