Orediggers name new coordinators

Montana Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell announced a couple coaching changes today. Special Teams and Linebackers Coach B.J. Campbell was promoted to Defensive Coordinator, and Pete Sterbick will take the reins of the offense as the new Offensive Coordinator.

“Coach Campbell is deserving of the title as he called defensive plays for the Diggers this past season,” Morrell said.

This last fall was Coach Campbell’s third season in Butte arriving with Morrell in 2010. In the past three years, Campbell’s coached four All-Conference selections on defense and helped the Oredigger defense to a top 10 rank nationally in total sacks the last two seasons. The Tech linebackers produced 14.5 and 16.5 total sacks in 2012 and 2013.

On special teams, Tech ranked 11th in the country in punting in 2012 with punter Travis Farewell receiving a first team All-Conference nod averaging 39.8 yards per punt.

“We certainly had to be creative with the number of injuries we had this past season and still stayed towards the top of the conference statistically, and B.J. was a significant part of that success.  I’ve definitely seen him grow over the four years we have worked together and have relied heavily on his input as we have grown the Tech program.”

Sterbick is a new addition to the staff after Corey Fipps left at the conclusion of the season.

“Coach Sterbick has had offensive success at every portion of his coaching career,” said Morrell. “He has an established history of coordinating and will bring creativity and multiple personnel groups with diverse play calling to our offensive sets.”

Prior to the Mining City, Sterbick was the head coach and offensive coordinator for McPherson College. McPherson is part of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) in the NAIA. Sterbick posted a 9-11 overall record and 8-9 in conference play in two seasons.

The Bulldogs averaged 375 yards per game and 26.2 points in that time. Sterbick coached multiple All-Conference selections including Julius Record who led the NAIA in reception per game (9.2) in 2012.

Prior to McPherson, Sterbick was the offensive coordinator at Grand View University helping the Vikings start their football program from scratch. In four years and three seasons at Grand View, the Vikings averaged 375 yards and 27.5 points per game. Grand View was the NAIA Russell Athletic National Champion this past year defeating the University of Cumberlands 35-23. Sterbick produced over ten All-Conference players and two AFCA All-Americans. He was voted Midwest Conference Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011.

“Coach Sterbick played a major role as the offensive coordinator at Grandview for four years helping grow that program from a start-up to a national contender under Coach Mike Woodley, whom I have utmost respect for.  Grandview winning the NAIA National Championship this past season certainly points to the development that has taken place there.”

Sterbick was an offensive graduate assistant at Washington State before arriving in Grand View. Bill Doba was the head coach at that time. The Cougars pass offense was ranked first in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation in 2007.

“Pete has had unique experiences learning from some great offensive minds.”

Originally from Iowa, Sterbick was a wide receiver and defensive back in high school in Des Moines before a college career at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Coach Morrell played collegiately at nearby University of Sioux Falls.

Accompanying Sterbick to the Mining City is his wife Brendee and daughter Bree.

— Montana Tech Sports Information



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