BOZEMAN — Rob Ash has worked with over 100 assistant coaches during his four decades as a college football head coach, but none quite like Bo Stringer.
Ash appointed Stringer as Special Assistant to the Head Coach this spring, a volunteer, off-the-field position entailing administrative and leadership duties. The traditional function of football operations director – including team travel and helping coordinate the program’s community service activities – lie within Stringer’s responsibilities, but he will also work directly with MSU coaches and players on issues outside of football.
“This is an experimental position and a new concept for our coaching staff,” Ash said. “This position is designed to provide mentorship for our players and feedback for coaches on issues that come up regularly.”
Stringer has more than 20 years coaching experience in the Florida high school ranks, but Ash is most enthused about Stringer’s background outside of football. The Florida State University graduate rose through the ranks of the financial services industry in Florida over three decades, eventually serving as president and chief executive officer of two firms in the last 15 years.
“Bo’s experience in the business arena, combined with his football background, gives him a unique perspective,” Ash said. “He brings a fresh viewpoint to our staff and I think his insight will benefit everyone in the program.”
With his roots in the private sector, Stringer will help mentor Bobcat football student-athletes with post-graduate career plans and character development. He will also aid the coaching staff in the areas of program development and organizational growth.
“Working with the Montana State University football team is a lifetime dream of mine and I am truly blessed and honored to be part of such a successful and well respected program,” Stringer said. “I recognized at an early age that to be great in life requires passion, hard work, willingness and determination. This insight helped me become a successful CEO, entrepreneur and coach. I plan to share what I have learned over the years to help guide and motivate these young players both on and off the field.”
— MSU Sports Information