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Montana State officially announces Vigen as new head football coach

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BOZEMAN, Montana – Brent Vigen, offensive coordinator at the University of Wyoming since 2014 and a former player and assistant coach at North Dakota State, has become Montana State University’s 33rd head football coach, Director of Athletics Leon Costello announced on Monday.

“I’m excited to welcome Coach Vigen and his family, Molly, Jake, Grant and Luke, to the Bobcat family,” Costello said. “Brent brings a strong pedigree that has led to national championships in the FCS and tremendous success at Wyoming, and has a nationally-known reputation for identifying and developing NFL-caliber quarterbacks. I’m looking forward to working with Brent to build on the recent success of Bobcat Football. I also want to thank President Cruzado, the search committee and the student-athletes involved for their help throughout this process.”

Known nationally for his helping identify and mentor successful quarterbacks in a power offense, Vigen helped guide the Cowboys to bowl games in three of the last four full seasons. He spent the last 18 seasons with head coach Craig Bohl, from 2003-13 at his alma mater and the last seven at Wyoming. He was the primary coach in recruiting and developing Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen to Wyoming and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz of North Dakota State.

Vigen played at North Dakota State from 1993-97 on one North Central Conference title team (1994) and three that advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs (1994, 1995, 1997). His coaching career began with the Bison as a graduate assistant in 1998 under Bob Babich, NDSU’s coach during Vigen’s senior season, and he was promoted to tight ends coach in 2001.

In 2002 Vigen was named quarterbacks coach, and when Bohl took over in 2003 he became running backs coach. The next year, 2004, he was promoted to pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and in 2009 he took on offensive coordinator duties. He maintained that role through Boh’s hiring at Wyoming, adding the title of Associate Head Coach in 2018.

During his time as a player or coach Vigen’s teams won six conference or division championships and advanced to the post-season 11 times, including three straight FCS National Championships at North Dakota State (2011-13). He mentored all-conference quarterbacks Steve Walker  (Great West Player of the Year 2006-07) and Brock Jensen (Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year 2013), and also coached future NFL quarterback and 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year Carson Wentz during his first three seasons with the Bison.

A native of Buxton, North Dakota, Vigen played at NDSU from 1993-97 and started at tight end during his junior and senior seasons. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1998 and his master’s degree from North Dakota State in 2000. He started at tight end during his final two seasons.

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