Jerry Montgomery begins his second season with the Packers in 2016 as defensive front assistant, his first coaching position in the NFL after coaching at the collegiate level for 11 seasons and at the high school level for two seasons. Named to his position on Feb. 12, 2015, by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Montgomery has been a part of eight teams as either a player or coach that have earned postseason berths.
In his first season with the team, Montgomery helped guide the Packers to their seventh consecutive playoff berth while primarily assisting defensive line coach Mike Trgovac. The defensive line was led by ascending talent DT Mike Daniels, who led the defensive line in tackles (66) and sacks (four). He also finished third on the team with 12 QB hits.
Montgomery spent two seasons (2013-14) as the defensive line coach at Oklahoma, where he also played a big role in recruiting, earning Scout.com’s Big 12 Recruiter of the Year after the 2014 season. After joining the Oklahoma staff on Feb. 25, 2013, he helped revamp the Sooners’ defensive line with young players that included Charles Tapper, a 2013 All-Big 12 first-team selection by the conference’s coaches.
In his first season, OU led the Big 12 and ranked 10th nationally in third-down conversions (60). The Sooners also led the Big 12 in total defense (350.2 ypg) and pass defense (212.5 ypg) and ranked second in turnover margin (plus-9), rush defense (137.6 ypg) and third-down percentage (33.7).
In his two years at Michigan, the Wolverines posted a 19-7 record and limited opponents to 18.6 points per game, and two of Montgomery’s linemen, Mike Martin and Craig Roh, earned All-Big Ten second-team honors. In his final season in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines earned a berth in the Capital One Bowl and ranked 13th among FBS schools in total defense (320.0 ypg). In 2011, Michigan allowed 131.7 rushing yards per game, third best in the Big Ten, and finished 11-2 with a victory in the Sugar Bowl.
Montgomery helped produce three All-Mountain West Conference players in two years at Wyoming. In his first season, he guided John Fletcher to an All-MWC first-team selection and Mitch Unrein to All-MWC honorable mention and selection as the 2009 New Mexico Bowl Defensive MVP. In Montgomery’s second season, Josh Biezuns was named to the All-MWC second-team.
Montgomery’s tenure at Northern Iowa began as a graduate assistant in 2006 and finished with two years (2007-08) as the defensive line coach. UNI advanced to the FCS playoffs in each of his three seasons, won the 2008 Missouri Valley Football Conference championship and finished with 12 wins in both 2007 and 2008. UNI’s defense was ranked in the top 10 in total defense among FCS teams in each of his final two seasons.
In two years as defensive line coach at UNI, he had three all-conference selections each season: James Ruffin (first-team All-Gateway and first-team All-MVFC), Mark Huygens (second-team All-Gateway), Jordan Lacy (honorable mention All-Gateway), Everette Pedscleaux (first-team All-MVFC) and Jeremy Robertson (second-team All-MVFC).
Montgomery began his coaching career as a student assistant at Iowa. He was part of a Hawkeye staff that helped Iowa post an 11-2 record and play in the 2003 Orange Bowl. Montgomery continued coaching as an assistant at Iowa City West High School (2003-04) and as the defensive coordinator at North Iowa Community College (2005) while also playing for the Chicago Rush, Colorado Crush and Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League (2003-05).
Montgomery played defensive tackle for Iowa, starting three of his four years for the Hawkeyes. As a senior in 2001, he helped Iowa tie for a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten, its highest since 1996, and beat Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl. He played in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game following his senior season and spent the 2002 training camp with the New Orleans Saints.
Born Sept. 19, 1979, in Los Angeles, Calif., and raised in Mossville, La., prior to going to Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite, Nev., Montgomery was named a Street & Smith All-American two consecutive years at Virgin Valley High as he recorded 38 career sacks, including 16 as a senior. He was named the Nevada Player of the Year in 1997 and was also a member of the basketball state championship team as a junior.
Montgomery and his wife, Natalie, have three sons, Jayden, Tevyn and Jace, and a daughter, Talayla.