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Michael “Torrey” Myers has been named the wide receivers coach at The University of Montana, announced Grizzly head coach Mick Delaney today (Thursday, Jan. 17).
Myers came to Montana from the University of Washington, where he was a defensive graduate assistant and quality control coach since 2008.
“Torrey Myers is a fella that I didn’t know, but I had great reports on him from ‘Sark’ (UW head coach Steve Sarkasian) and the people at the University of Washington,” Delaney said in a recent phone interview. “He’s been in administration there, and was a quality control guy, doing all of the hard work that nobody else wants to do.
“He has a huge knowledge of both sides of the ball,” Delaney said. “He has worked on the offensive side and coached tight ends and wide receivers. He’s also coached DBs and linebackers, and brings a little bit of everything.
“He also brings a lot of energy, which I was really concerned with, and was one of the priorities, which were loyalty and energy,” Delaney continued. “I think all our new coaches will bring that to the table.”
During his stint with the Huskies he assisted with the defensive line and linebackers, tracked opponent and self-tendencies on game day, and assisted in the film breakdown for all of the opponents.
Before going to UW he was the tight ends coach at Western Washington University during the spring of 2008. In 2007, he was an offensive intern for the Vikings.
His first job was at his alma mater, Rio Grande High in Albuquerque, where he was offensive coordinator in 2002 and 2003. After that he moved to Carlsbad (N.M.) High, where he also served as offensive coordinator. After two seasons at Carlsbad, he went to Coolidge High School (Ariz.), where he was the defensive coordinator, where the Bears went 12-1 en route to the state championship in 2006.
Myers played wide receiver at Western New Mexico University from 1997-2001, and earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from there in 2002. He was a three-year starter, and team captain and offensive MVP as a senior at WNMU. In 2008, he earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington.
As a prep he was an all-state defensive back at Rio Grande High School, and team captain and MVP there his junior and senior seasons. He is a member of his high school’s hall of fame.
Myers is the second new assistant coach coming to UM. He joins Jake Cookus, who was named the Grizzlies’ safeties coach on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Myers will begin his duties Friday, Jan. 18. Delaney said he will announce the hiring of one more assistant coach tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 18).