MISSOULA — Bobby Hauck is back.
The former Montana Grizzlies football coach is returning as the program’s 37th head coach, according to a report from Skyline Sports, which cited eight anonymous sources. MTN Sports’ confirmed the report through another source.
UM athletic director Kent Haslam denied the report Wednesday when asked if Hauck has been hired, simply saying, “No.”
Hauck was the Griz head coach from 2003-2009, accumulating an 80-17 overall record and winning seven Big Sky Conference championships. He guided the Grizzlies to the FCS national championship games in 2004, 2008 and 2009.
Hauck left Montana to become the head coach at UNLV, where he led the Rebels from 2010-2014. In 2013, UNLV made its first bowl appearance since 2000. He’s spent the past three seasons at San Diego State as the special teams coordinator and the past two seasons as the associate head coach.
Hauck will replace Bob Stitt, who will not have his contracted renewed after three years. Stitt compiled a 21-14 overall record, including a 14-10 mark in the Big Sky Conference, during his tenure, which started with an impressive win over North Dakota State. Stitt led the Grizzlies to the playoffs in his first season, but failed to qualify for the postseason each of the past two years, ending each season with a loss to rival Montana State.
Hauck went 5-2 against MSU during his seven-year run and never finished a season with more than four losses, going 9-4, 12-3, 8-4, 12-2, 11-1, 14-2 and 14-1.
Hauck’s hiring must still be approved by the Board of Regents and will not be official until the University of Montana announces it.