MISSOULA – University of Montana President Royce Engstrom has announced that former UM associate head coach Mick Delaney will serve as the interim head football coach, and Jean Gee has been selected as the school’s interim athletics director.
Delaney recently concluded his fourth season as an assistant coach at Montana working with the running backs, and was the associate head coach. A veteran mentor, Delaney has been in the coaching ranks 44 years, with 29 of them at the collegiate level. Originally from Butte, he came to Montana from Colorado State University, where he was an assistant coach from 1993 to 2007.
Prior to coaching the Rams, Delaney was the head football coach and athletic director at Montana Western in Dillon from 1991 to 1992. He served as the athletic director at Montana Tech in Butte from 1983 to 1985. He began his coaching career at Butte Central High School (1964-1967) as head wrestling coach and assistant football coach.
Delaney was an assistant football coach at UM under head coach Jack Swarthout from 1968 to 1969. He also was the head wrestling coach at Montana at that time. He then moved on to Great Falls High School (1969-1976) where he taught English and was the assistant wrestling coach and track and field coach. He coached at Montana State University from 1979 to 1980.
Delaney earned his bachelor’s in education at Montana Western in 1964. He is an inaugural inductee into the Western Montana College Sports Hall of Fame.
Gee has been involved with Grizzly Athletics for more than 15 years. She has served as the associate athletics director and senior woman administrator for Grizzly Athletics for the past eight years.
Prior to that, Gee was assistant athletics director for Compliance & Academic Services at UM for almost six years. A native of Lewistown, Gee received a bachelor’s in psychology from UM in 1995 and a master’s degree in public administration in 2006.