Martello takes over for Goode as Western DC

Martello takes over for Goode as Western DC
Jason Ferris (33) runs onto the field with teammates, from left, Kyrin Allen, Riley Martello, Cody Connolly, Connor Schulte and Kyle Schulte before Montana Western’s Oct. 6, 2018 game against Montana Tech in Dillon. (Butte Sports file photo)

DILLON — A Bulldog is coming home.

Former Montana Western standout linebacker Riley Martello has been hired as the defensive coordinator for the Bulldog football team, the school announced today. The Bozeman native replaces Rob Goode who left to take a position at Loras College.

Martello was a three-year captain who appeared in 29 total games for the Bulldogs. He finished his career with 117 total tackles, nine and a half tackles for loss, four sacks and three interceptions including one for a touchdown.

He was named the team’s Special Teams Player of the year in 2015, earned Frontier Conference Defensive player of the week in 2018, and named the STEP player of the year (Team MVP) in 2018.

“I’m very honored and grateful to be back here at Montana Western,” Martello said in a statement.  “This university and football program gave me a chance and an opportunity to pursue my goals and passions. I’m excited to give back to all the current and future Dawgs to make this a great experience and to continue the Dawg traditions and standards.”

Martello returns to Montana Western after a year at Montana Western followed by stops at Carroll College, Loras College and most recently Montana State University. He’s married to former Bulldog women’s basketball player Taylor Howlett and the couple is expecting their first child in June.

“Riley brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm to the position,” Western head coach Ryan Nourse said. “His experience at UMW as a player and coach gives him a jump on starting the position and making an immediate impact. The program is fortunate to have a loyal, trustworthy and talented former Dawg to lead the defense.”

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