Montana's quarterback is a candidate for the FCS's Freshman of the Year Award
Only one senior starter, but the group consists of a lot of experienced players
Three freshmen expected to contribute this season
Montana returns three of its top four running backs this season
Season opener against USD just a little more than three weeks away
Montana football spring game (4/14/12)
Timm Rosenbach begins his first season as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at The University of Montana. He replaced Jonathan Smith, who left UM to become the quarterback coach at Boise State.
Rosenbach, 45, was in private business last year and did not coach. Two seasons ago, in 2009, he was at New Mexico State, and served as the Aggies' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for one year.
Prior to NMSU, Rosenbach was the quarterbacks coach from 2003-07 at his alma mater Washington State. During his time with the Cougars, Rosenbach mentored second team All-Pac-10 selection Matt Kegel, who racked up 2,947 passing yards and 21 touchdowns in his first season as a starter. The Cougar passing offense finished third in the Pac-10 and 21st nationally, while WSU ranked eighth in the nation in total offense in 2005. Under Rosenbach's tutelage, Alex Brink (2004-07) became WSU's all-time leader in passing yards, completions, attempts and touchdowns.
Rosenbach (Rose-en-bah) set WSU single-season records in 1988 for total offense (3,422), passing yards (3,097), touchdown passes (24) and touchdowns responsible for (34) as the Cougars' quarterback. His total offense yards and passing yards per game were also Pac-10 records. He also had the highest quarterback rating in the nation that year, completing 218 of 338 passes with just 11 interceptions and 24 TD throws. He led the nation in passing efficiency his final season at WSU and finished seventh in the 1988 Heisman Trophy voting that year, and was an honorable mention All-American that season.
He was then the second pick in a supplemental NFL draft, taken by the Arizona Cardinals. Rosenbach was with the Cardinals for four years, and then spent a year (1994) with Hamilton of the Canadian Football League. In 1995, he signed a contract to play with the New Orleans Saints, but had to give up his career before the season because of a ruptured disk in his back.
After a few years in private business, Rosenbach began coaching in 1999 at Ambrose University in Iowa as quarterbacks coach.
Rosenbach joined the Eastern Washington staff as a part-time coach for one season (2000), and then moved into a full-time role as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2001. In his first season as offensive coordinator, the Eagles led the nation in total offense, averaging 514.5 yards per game, plus nearly 42 points per contest.
Griz head coach Robin Pflugrad and Rosenbach coached together at WSU for three seasons from 2003-05, with the 2003 squad posting a 10-3 record and a win over Texas in the Holiday Bowl.
Rosenbach's father, the late Lynn Rosenbach, was a long-time football coach in the state of Washington, and coached the running backs at Montana from 1980-82. Lynn left UM to become an assistant athletic director at Washington State. Timm was a three-sport star at Missoula's Hellgate High School before moving to Pullman, Wash., with his family.
Timm is married to former professional volleyball player Kim Exner. Kim and Timm have two daughters, five-year-old Reece Tammy and three-year-old Lane.
He earned his B.A. degree at WSU in social sciences in 2005.
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