Catching Up with the Cats

Catching up with the ‘Cats – Mike Rider, captain of 2010 Big Sky champions


Mike Rider went from Class AA state champion at Billings West in 2006 to walk-on fighting for an opportunity at Montana State. By 2010, Rider was an All-Big Sky Conference safety and a captain for a team about to win its first of three league titles.

Rider went on to coach defensive backs at his alma mater and now serves as the color commentator for the Bobcat Radio Network and select ESPN+ broadcasts alongside Voice of the Bobcats Zach Mackey.

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.