Big Sky Conference

Rosenbach returns as offensive coordinator for the Griz


Timm Rosenbach has left Adams State, but he’ll remain a Grizzly.

Less than a day after he resigned as Adams State’s head coach, Skyline Sports confirmed with multiple sources late Wednesday night that Rosenbach would return to Montana, where he spent the 2012 season as offensive coordinator, to serve in the same position under new head coach Bobby Hauck. Rosenbach is a Missoula native. first reported the news. An official announcement is expected from Montana in the coming days.

Rosenbach’s appointment as Montana’s offensive coordinator ends weeks of speculation as to whom Hauck would hire to guide Montana’s offense. Even before Hauck was officially hired on Dec. 1, it was speculated that he would choose between Rosenbach and former Griz quarterback and coach Brent Pease, who was also one of Hauck’s college roommate.

Not only would Rosenbach’s return mark the second time he has worked at Montana, it will also be his second stint with Hauck, whom he worked for as offensive coordinator at UNLV during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Timm Rosenbach

Before heading south to Las Vegas in early 2013, Rosenbach guided the Grizzlies’ offense during a 5-6 season that was rife with transition and controversy. Rosenbach was hired by Robin Pflugrad, but worked under Mick Delaney after the university fired Pflugrad and former athletic director Jim O’Day in response to a sexual assault scandal that rocked the campus and attracted national news and federal investigations.

Rosenbach’s offense, which started redshirt freshman Trent McKinney for eight games and sophomore Shay Smithwick-Hann for three, averaged 452 yards – 236 of it on the ground – and 31.6 points. But the Griz struggled with turnovers, committing almost two per game, in their most difficult season in three decades.

Shortly after the 2012 season ended, Rosenbach agreed to become offensive coordinator at Weber State, but accepted Hauck’s offer to join UNLV less than two months later.

In two years with Rosenbach orchestrating the offense, UNLV’s offense languished near the bottom of the Mountain West, never averaging more than 397 yards or 30 points.

Following Hauck’s resignation from UNLV after the 2014 season, Rosenbach was hired by Division II Adams State as its head coach. In his three seasons with the Grizzlies, Rosenbach finished 9-23.

Rosenbach gained national headlines in April when he became the first NCAA football coach to offer a scholarship to a woman. Becca Longo, a kicker from Chandler Basha (Ariz.) High School, accepted a scholarship to play for the Grizzlies. She redshirted during the 2017 season.

Rosenbach previously coached in the Big Sky Conference, serving as the offensive coordinator on Paul Wulff’s staff at Eastern Washington from 2000 until 2002. He coached at Washington State. his alma mater, from 2003 until 2007 for Bill Doba before spending two seasons as the OC at New Mexico State on Hal Mumme’s staff. The Everett, Washington native and former professional quarterback – he played for the Phoenix Cardinals from 1989 until 1992 before a one-year stint in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and a season in 1995 with the New Orleans Saints before retiring – did not coach during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

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