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Jerry Montgomery

Jerry Montgomery
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive front assistant
Team Green Bay Packers
Biographical details
Born September 19, 1979
Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Iowa
Playing career
1998-2002 Iowa
Position(s) Defensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Iowa (SC)
Iowa City West H.S. (AC)
North Iowa C.C. (DC)
Northern Iowa (GA)
Northern Iowa (DL)
Wyoming (DL)
Indiana (DL)
Michigan (DL)
Oklahoma (DL)
Oklahoma (Co-DC)
Green Bay Packers (DFA)

Jerry Montgomery (born September 19, 1979) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive front assistant for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

Playing career

Montgomery played his high school football at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite, Nevada, where he was a Street & Smith All-American and the Nevada State Player of the Year in 1997.[1] Montgomery was also a member of the state basketball championship team as a junior.[2]

Montgomery was a four-year starter for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 1998-2002 under head coaches Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz. He concluded his college career in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game at the completion of his senior season. Montgomery graduated from Iowa with a bachelor's degree in African American Studies in 2002.[3]

Following his college playing career, he went to training camp with the New Orleans Saints in 2002, but was released before the season. Montgomery later played in the Arena Football League with the Chicago Rush, Colorado Crush, and Las Vegas Gladiators from 2003-2005.[4]

Coaching career

Montgomery began a career in coaching while he was playing in the Arena League, working as an assistant at Iowa City West High School and North Iowa Area Community College. He later served as a graduate assistant at Northern Iowa in 2006, before being promoted to full-time defensive line coach for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

In 2009, Montgomery moved west to serve as defensive line coach at Wyoming on the first staff of Dave Christensen, staying through the 2010 season.

In January of 2011, Montgomery briefly served as defensive tackles coach at Indiana under head coach Kevin Wilson.[5] However, he was soon hired away by Michigan and new head coach Brady Hoke in February of 2011. Montgomery served as defensive line coach for the Wolverines for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. With the Wolverines, Montgomery served as the chief recruiter for 5-star commitments Derrick Green and Ondre Pipkins[6]

From 2013-2014, Montgomery served as the defensive line coach at Oklahoma under head coach Bob Stoops, earning a salary of $325,000 in 2013 and $380,000 in 2014. He was promoted after two seasons with Oklahoma to co-defensive coordinator on January 6, 2015, where he was expected to lead the defense alongside Mike Stoops.[7]

His tenure as co-defensive coordinator with the Sooners was brief.[8] On February 12, 2015, the Green Bay Packers of the NFL confirmed that they hired Montgomery, giving him the title of "defensive front assistant".[9] Montgomery stated that the Packers "offered an unbelievable opportunity" to pursue his dream of coaching in the National Football League.[10]


Montomgery and his wife, Natalie, have four children. Daughter Talayla and sons Jayden, Tevyn, and Jace.