MISSOULA — Former Montana wide receiver and wide receivers coach Mike Ferriter has been hired at Idaho State as offensive coordinator, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told 406mtsports.com on Friday afternoon.
Ferriter will be replacing Matt Troxel, who is heading to Oregon State, the source said. Troxel briefly coached wide receivers at Montana before heading back to Idaho State.
Madison Guernsey of the Idaho State Journal first reported the news.
Ferriter, a graduate of Helena High, has multiple connections to Idaho State's head coach Rob Phenicie. Phenicie was the offensive coordinator at Montana while Ferriter suited up for the Griz. Phenicie was also a coach at UNLV when Ferriter was a graduate assistant coach there.
Ferriter previously coached inside receivers at Idaho State for two seasons in 2013-14 before coming back to UM to coach inside receivers under Bob Stitt. He coached both inside and outside receivers at Montana and was the pass game coordinator in 2017.
When Bobby Hauck was hired at Montana, Ferriter was not retained, a move that shocked many. Ferriter's contract at Montana officially ends at the end of the month.
While at Montana, Ferriter coached Ben Roberts, who had a brief stint on the Tennessee Titans' practice squad.
This season, four of Ferriter's receivers eclipsed 500 yards receiving. No other team in the league accomplished that in 2017.
Then-junior Keenan Curran led the way with 803 yards — No. 6 in the Big Sky. Then-sophomore Jerry Louie-McGee (and Ferriter recruit) had 645 yards receiving. Redshirt-freshman Samori Toure had 553 yards in his first college campaign. Then-sophomore Justin Calhoun had 505.
Two of those players — Curran and Louie-McGee — earned Big Sky honorable mention accolades this season.
As a player at Montana, Ferriter is one of 14 Grizzly wideouts that had more than 2,000 yards receiving. The only receivers to achieve 2,000 career receiving yards since are Jamaal Jones, Marc Mariani and Ellis Henderson.
Montana and Idaho State do not meet on the gridiron next season. The next time the schools play is Oct. 5, 2019, in Missoula.