A popular Twitter hashtag for former Colorado School of Mines head football coach Bob Stitt is catching on quickly in Missoula, Mont.
#Stitthappens is moving to Montana.
Stitt, who won 63 percent of his games with the Orediggers and is the program’s all-time winningest coach, was named head coach at the University of Montana, a FCS school, on Tuesday.
"The past 15 years at Colorado School of Mines have been very special to me and my family,” said Stitt in a press release. “I will miss all of the students, faculty and administration who helped me during my tenure as head football coach. I am sad that I will not be coaching the great group of men who return to Mines next fall, but I am confident they will do great things in the future.”
Colorado Mines was 10-2 this season and finished in a tie for first in the Rocky Mountain Athletic conference with Colorado State-Pueblo. The Orediggers fell to Ohio Dominican in the regional quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs.
In 2004, Stitt led the Orediggers to the best season in school history as the team went undefeated (8-0) in conference play and captured its first RMAC title since 1958. In addition, the 2004 squad posted a perfect 11-0 mark in the regular season and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in program history.
The record-setting 2004 season helped earn Stitt RMAC Coach of the Year, Division II AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year and d2football.com Southwest Regional Coach of the Year accolades.
Colorado School of Mines has been hugely successful against the two local teams — South Dakota School of Mines and Black Hills State University, outscoring the Hardrockers 186-32 in the last three years and the Jackets 152-62 in that same time period.
Stitt replaces the retired Mick Delaney. The Grizzlies finished 9-5 this season, losing to Eastern Washington in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
Stitt’s first game next season will be against three-time defending national champion and current semifinalist North Dakota State.
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