SHREVEPORT, La.--Miami University Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced tonight prior to the playing of the 29th Independence Bowl that RedHawk offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery has been named the 32nd head coach of Miami's venerable football program. Montgomery, who has been with the program as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2001, succeeds Terry Hoeppner, who accepted the head coaching position at Indiana University on Dec. 17.
"After a search process that moved quickly but with purpose, it became clear that Shane Montgomery is the right man to continue the advancement of Miami University's proud football tradition," Bates said. "Coach Montgomery has been a key factor in the recent successes of this program and is truly one of the rising stars in the college coaching profession. I'm excited about the innovative mind and energy he brings to the position and see a promising future for Miami's football program under his guidance."
With his hiring, Montgomery, who turns 38 in March, surpasses Greg Schiano of Rutgers (38), as the youngest head football coach in NCAA Division I-A.
"I'd like to thank Dr. Garland and Brad Bates for giving me the opportunity to become head football coach at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation," Montgomery said. "To know that my name will now be included among the Cradle of Coaches is truly an honor. I look forward to being a part of and continuing the proud tradition of Miami football."