BOZEMAN — Montana State football coach Jeff Choate announced a reordering of responsibilities on his coaching staff Wednesday, including naming B.J. Robertson as associate head coach — putting him in charge of the team should Choate be unavailable to coach a game or games.
Robertson has been MSU’s special teams coach since joining Choate’s original staff in 2016. Jimmy Beal, the team’s running backs coach, remains in his role as recruiting coordinator, and assistant head coach and linebackers coach Bobby Daly now coordinates the defensive recruiting.
“I had the opportunity to watch what other programs are going through this fall and how they’ve handled the circumstances we all find ourselves in,” Choate said, “and I think this restructuring gives us a better balance of responsibilities. If for some reason I’m unavailable B.J. will manage that game, and that’s an appropriate role for him. He has head coaching experience, and it wouldn’t really disrupt his special teams responsibilities. That also allows everyone else to remain in their game-day roles without any adjustment.”
This restructuring was informed by personal experience, Choate said.
“I probably shouldn’t have coached that game in 2018 (at South Dakota State, when he was suffering from appendicitis)," Choate said, "but we didn’t have a plan in place. This gives us a plan.”
Choate said Daly’s elevation into a formal recruiting role streamlines the flow of information in that process.
“It creates a more efficient line of communication between the defensive staff and the recruiting coordinator,” he said. “This formalizes the process that has developed over the past few months.”