Rocky names Stutzriem as 18th head football coach

Rocky names Stutzriem as 18th head football coach

BILLINGS — Rocky Mountain College announced Chris Stutzriem as the school’s 18th head football coach Thursday afternoon.

Stutzriem will replace Jason Petrino, who recently accepted the defensive coordinator position at Southern Illinois University.

Stutzriem is returning to Rocky after serving as an assistant at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a NCAA Division II program, for the past season. Prior to that, he served two years as the Rocky Mountain College offensive coordinator under Petrino. Stutzriem first came to Rocky after spending three seasons as the offensive coordinator at William Penn University.

“After reviewing applications from across the country, the search committee unanimously agreed that Coach Stutzriem is an excellent fit for the program,” said Jeff Malby,  Rocky’s athletics director. “Chris’s experience with the program and his commitment to academic and athletic excellence stood out amongst the candidates.”

Stutzriem said he is excited to become the next Battlin’ Bears head football coach.

“I am thrilled to be selected as Rocky’s head football coach,” he said. “I can’t wait to dig in and get to work. My first priorities are to reach out to current student athletes and coaching staff. I recognize the excellence in both the athletes and the staff and it is my hope that we will be able to retain them.”

Stutzriem will arrive in Billings next week and will officially begin soon after.

— Rocky Mountain College

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