Va. - The defensive coordinator of one of the most successful Division
III football programs in the nation has been selected as head football
coach at Emory / Henry College.
Don Montgomery, an assistant football coach at Mount Union College in
Alliance, Ohio, will replace retiring E/H head football coach Lou
Montgomery, who has served Mount Union's athletic program for 27 years,
was part of a coaching staff that since the early 1990s has established
Mount Union as the most consistent and one of the strongest teams in Division
Each year since 1995, Mount Union has reached the semi-finals of the NCAA
championship playoffs. Mount Union has won seven national championships
in the last twelve seasons and have won 104 straight regular season games.
During those years, Montgomery has served as an offensive line coach,
a defensive line coach, an inside linebacker coach and, for the past 19
years, the defensive coordinator. In addition, he has been the school's
head wrestling coach and strength and conditioning coach.
E/H President Thomas R. Morris said Montgomery has been a big part
of the football success at Mount Union and will be a "good fit"
for Emory / Henry. "It is fitting that the strong football tradition
at Emory / Henry would draw upon the talents of someone who has helped
build another strong program in our
division. We are very excited that Don will be joining our community,
and we believe that he will do a fine job in carrying on the great E/H
Montgomery said he brings not only a strong coaching resume, but also
solid recruiting talents. "Emory / Henry will be a good match
for me. It reminds me a great deal of Mount Union, and I believe I will
enjoy working here very much." He looks forward to not only recruiting
good athletes, but also working with
those athletes to increase their excellence. "I enjoy working with
individual athletes, especially with regard to their strength training.
If you can make an athlete stronger, he's going to be faster and more
capable on the football field."
Montgomery is a 1977 graduate of Mount Union and holds a master's degree
in physical education from Indiana State University. As a college football
athlete, he was named All Ohio Athletic Conference Offensive Guard in
1976. In that same year, he also was named team co-captain and Offensive
Most Valuable Player. In 1975, he received the Jack Thorpe Memorial Football
Montgomery replaces outgoing head coach Lou Wacker, one of Emory /
Henry's most successful football coaches. Wacker announced his retirement
last month, ending a 23-year E/H coaching career that was marked by
unprecedented accomplishments, including 11 Old Dominion Athletic Conference
championships (an ODAC record); five trips to the NCAA playoffs and two
undefeated regular seasons.