Orediggers hire offensive coordinator

Montana Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell announced an addition to his coaching staff today.

Corey Fipps joins the Oredigger football staff as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“We are pleased to have Coach Fipps on board here at Tech,” said head coach Morrell.

The offensive coordinator position became vacant after Ted Schlafke accepted a position on the Western Illinois staff. He joins his former head coach and longtime Minnesota Duluth head coach Bob Nielson on the staff of the Leathernecks. Nielson is in his first year at Western Illinois.

The new addition will be a smooth transition as Fipps expertise is the up-tempo spread offense currently used at Tech, Morrell said. Fipps has implemented the high-octane scheme for a number of different teams.

Fipps comes to the Mining City from Sacramento City College where he served as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator last season. In just one season with the Panthers, he increased the offensive production by 150 yards and 11 points a game.

Prior to his time with Sacramento, Fipps spent three seasons with NAIA Faulkner University as the offensive coordinator and lead recruiter. After bringing in the new offense, he increased offensive production each season. In 2011, the Eagles ranked first in the nation in total offense per game (520 yards), first downs (30.2) and passing offense (397). They were also the third best scoring team in the NAIA averaging 43.5 points per game.

While at Faulkner, Fipps coached 2011 AFCA All-American Josh Hollingsworth. The standout quarterback passed for 3,937 yards and 43 touchdowns for the Eagles in Fipps offensive scheme.

Fipps also spent time at NCAA D-II Harding University, First Baptist Academy and the Frisco Thunder of the Indoor Football League.

As a player, Fipps played offensive tackle at Harding University. While playing for the Bison, he obtained Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Education and Kinesiology.

“Corey brings in a high powered style of offense that fits our personnel well,” said Morrell. “He has significant experience calling plays and is a man of character, which were the two key ingredients I was looking for.”

Montana Tech finished 8-3 this past season reaching the NAIA Football Championship Series for the first time since 2004. The postseason coaches’ poll ranked the Orediggers No. 12.

Joining Fipps in Butte is his wife Jennifer and daughter Kensley.

“I believe he and his family will be a perfect fit for the Orediggers,” Morrell said.

— Montana Tech Sports Information