UM practices three times next week and takes April 2-6 off for spring break
First of three scrimmages slated for Saturday morning in WGS
Griz gridders will be in full gear and begin contact drills this Friday
First scrimmage is just five days away on Saturday, March 24th
Robin Pflugrad finished his second season at Montana with an 11-3 record, and was named the 2011 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year. He was also one of 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the FCS's top mentor. He is 12-4 (.750) in Big Sky games.
He was 7-4/5-3 in his inaugural season in 2010. He returned to Montana in 2009 and served as the wide receivers coach and also assisted with the offense.
His 18 career wins tie him for the eighth most in school history (Frank Milburn, 18-22, 1926-30).
"Pflu" is a veteran coach who was an assistant coach in the prestigious Pac-12 Conference for 13 seasons with stints at Oregon, Washington State, and Arizona State. He has been a coach for 30 seasons overall and has worked 27 of those years at the college level.
He came to Montana from the University of Oregon where he served as the wide receivers coach for the previous three seasons (2006-08).
Prior to his stint in his hometown of Eugene, Rob coached the tight ends and served as assistant head coach and the recruiting coordinator for five seasons (2001-05) at WSU. During his stint at WSU, the Cougars won an amazing 30 games in three seasons, an accomplishment that had not been reached since USC accomplished that in the mid 30's.
He was the wide receivers and recruiting coordinator at Arizona State from 1995-2000. In 1996 the Sun Devils were undefeated and Pac 10 champs.
During his career he has been instrumental in the development of numerous quarterbacks and wide receivers who have received All-American recognition, along with several all-conference honorees, academic all-conference athletes, and academic All-Americans. He has also coached numerous players who have gone on to play in the NFL or CFL.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, PSU, in 1980. A year later he had a one-year stint at South Eugene High School and then returned to the college ranks for good.
He came to Montana in 1986 when Don Read was named UM's head coach. Pflugrad was an assistant coach for the Griz from 1986-94. While at UM he worked with the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, and was promoted to assistant head coach in 1991.
One of the Grizzly standouts he worked with was quarterback Dave Dickenson, who won the Walter Payton Award in 1995, broke 25 school records and three national marks, and guided Montana to the national championship (1995).
Pflugrad is a 1980 graduate of PSU with a degree in business administration. He was a wide receiver and team captain as a senior in 1979 for the Vikings.
Robin and his wife Marlene are heavily involved in the Missoula community, donating time and energy to many charitable organizations. Pflugrad has also developed the "Pflu Crew," a program for current Griz players to volunteer for community service projects.
He and Marlene have a son, Aaron, and a daughter, Amanda.
The Pflugrad File
Born: Nov. 29, 1957 in Portland, Ore.
Education: B.A. in Business Administration, Portland State, 1980
Overall Coaching Experience:
2010-Present University of Montana, Head Coach; 2011: Advanced to FCS Semifinal Game
2009: University of Montana, Wide Receivers (Advanced to FCS Title Game)
2006-08: University of Oregon, Wide Receivers: 2006: Las Vegas Bowl (BYU 38, Oregon 8); 2007: Sun Bowl (Oregon 56, South Florida 21); 2008: Holiday Bowl: (Oregon 42, Oklahoma State 31).
2001-05: Washington State, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends: 2001: Sun Bowl; 2003: Rose Bowl and Holiday Bowl (WSU 28, Texas 20) 2001: Northern Arizona, Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator (First Round FCS Playoffs)
1995-2000: Arizona State, Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord.; 1997: Rose Bowl; 1997 (Dec. 31): Sun Bowl; 1999: Aloha Bowl; 2000: Aloha Bowl
1986-94: University of Montana, Wide Receivers/Running Backs (1991-94) and Wide Receivers/Running Backs (1986-90): 1989: Division I-AA Semifinal; 1993: I-AA First Round; 1994: I-AA Semifinal.
1983-85: Portland State, Wide Receivers/TEs: Western Conference Champions
1982: Portland State, Dir. of Football Ops.
1981: South Eugene High School, Wide Receivers.
1980: Portland State, Graduate Assistant.
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