Former Iowa State standout Bob Montgomery is in his fifth season with the Bears after joining the program in the spring of 2008 as the program's tight end coach. He also assists with special teams personnel and instruction for the MSU coaching staff.
Montgomery's coaching tenure with MSU has included mentoring arguably the best tight end in Missouri Valley Football Conference history in consensus All-American Clay Harbor. Harbor was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft after sweeping FCS All-America honors his senior season and setting the school record for career receptions (150) and consecutive games with a pass reception (33). Harbor earned First-Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors three straight seasons and was one of five Bears named to the MVFC All-Silver Anniversary Team squad.
In 2010, he accepted the challenge of replacing Harbor by bringing fifth-year senior Wes Miller into the fold as the primary starter, while junior college transfer Matt Thayer also earned time in the starting lineup and emerged as a physical presence on the offensive line. The pair combined to 17 catches for 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but more importantly provided ample blocking up front for the 11th-best rushing attack in the Division I FCS ranks.
In 2011, Thayer broke through with All-MVFC honorable mention honors as a junior, finishing third on the team with 20 receptions for 247 yards and three touchdowns.
Likewise, Montgomery's special teams group have been equally impressive over the years with four-year starting punter Jordan Chiles also earning All-MVFC honorable mention status in 2011 after ranking 31st nationally in punting average and earning the MVFC President's Council Academic Excellence Award as well as Academic All-MVFC first team.
Montgomery started his coaching career with three seasons as offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Bryant (R.I.) University, advancing to associate head coach in 2007. Over three years, Bryant averaged 390.3 yards a game and 200 yards per game on the ground. The Bulldogs won the Northeast 10 Conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2006 and 2007. Montgomery also was strength and conditioning coordinator.
A 2004 Iowa State graduate in exercise sports medicine, he was on the ISU Dean's List six times and was a four-year letterman and three-year offensive line starter for the Cyclones. He was a Big 12 Conference all-academic pick four times and an all-Big 12 pick as a junior and senior. He received the ISU Scholar-Athlete Award four times and was the football team captain as a senior.
Montgomery was also an assistant coach at Ames (Iowa) High in 2004-05.
Montgomery's wife, Kirby, is a native of Lincoln, Neb., and also is an Iowa State graduate. The couple are parents of two daughters, Kinsley and Kollins.