With Kurt Roper leaving for Florida, Duke had a vacancy at offensive coordinator. However, they had a short list for his replacement, and head coach David Cutcliffe promoted receivers/quarterbacks coach Scottie Montgomery to the position of associate head coach and offensive coordinator. In addition, Montgomery will call the plays on gameday.
Montgomery is one of the top receivers in Duke history, finishing his career with 171 receptions for 2379 yards and 13 TDs, and adding 150 yards and 2 scores on the ground. His success with the Blue Devils was enough to see him signed as a rookie free agent by Carolina, and he played 4 years in the NFL and 1 year with the AFL’s Georgia Force.
He returned to Duke after his playing career ended, coaching wide receivers from 2006-2009, before spending 3 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He returned to Duke in 2013 as receivers coach again, and had a hand in the Blue Devils setting numerous school records.
Duke has been churning out all-ACC receivers lately, and expect that to continue with Montgomery around for the foreseeable future. Having a pro receiver/coach is always a draw for recruits too.