Nov 17, 2010 1:19 AM by Aslan Hodges
Fifteen All-Americans coached. Sixteen seasons atop the Frontier Conference, or in second place. Twenty four seasons patrolling the sidelines of Alumni Coliseum and stadiums across the country. On Tuesday, Bob Green made it official.
The face of Montana Tech football announced his retirement in front of a packed house in the Copper Room of the Tech student union building.
It was apparent that, while he touched the lives of thousands of players he coached in his 24 years, he himself savored the support of the Butte-based campus.
"Montana Tech is a unique and special place," Green said while fighting back emotion. "In recruiting, I can talk about Tech as a coach of 24 years, and as a parent...it's where my kids went to school."
Athletics director Joe McClafferty did not speak to the plans of the football program in finding a replacement, but did note the direction of Digger Athletics makes it a handsome opportunity. Tech last had a head coaching vacancy in football in 1986, and the man they hired, Green, led them to the greatest heights yet.
"It's always a great day to be a Digger," said McClafferty, "but today is a little bit tougher here at Montana Tech as we come to the end of the most successful era of football in the history of Montana Tech."
Tech finished their season at 5-6, Coach Green retires with a career record as Diggers head coach of 140-116-1.