Oklahoma football: Jerry Montgomery joins OU staff as defensive line coach

Bob Stoops hired 33-year-old Jerry Montgomery to coach defensive linemen, making him Oklahoma's newest and youngest assistant coach. Montgomery, Michigan's defensive line coach the past two seasons, replaces former OU assistant Jackie Shipp.
BY JASON KERSEY Modified: February 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013
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photo - Wyoming nose guard Marcus Felker (93) goes through a drill during an indoor spring football practice Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Laramie, Wyo, as Cowboys defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, right, watches his players. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)
Wyoming nose guard Marcus Felker (93) goes through a drill during an indoor spring football practice Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Laramie, Wyo, as Cowboys defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, right, watches his players. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

NORMAN — Bob Stoops hired 33-year-old Jerry Montgomery to coach defensive linemen, making him Oklahoma's newest and youngest assistant coach.

Montgomery, Michigan's defensive line coach the past two seasons, replaces former OU assistant Jackie Shipp, who was fired earlier this month after 14 years on Stoops' staff.

An OU athletic department spokesman declined to comment, but a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Montgomery's hiring to The Oklahoman.

The news of Montgomery's hire was first reported by GoBlueWolverine.com, the Scout network site covering Michigan.

Michigan sophomore nose tackle Ondre Pipkins tweeted about Montgomery on Saturday afternoon.

“Want to wish Coach Montgomery and his family luck at Oklahoma,” Pipkins tweeted. “He taught me a lot and I'll never forget the talks we had ... Love you coach.”

Before arriving at Michigan, Montgomery coached Wyoming defensive linemen for two seasons. The 2002 Iowa graduate has also worked at Northern Iowa and, before that, Iowa City West High School.

Currently, 34-year-old co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is the Sooners' youngest assistant football coach.

Stoops fired three assistants earlier this month following Oklahoma's second straight 10-3 season. Offensive line coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle joined Shipp in being dismissed.