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Feb 22, 2012 7:30 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Griz name new offensive coordinator

MISSOULA- Former Washington State football standout and National Football League quarterback Timm Rosenbach has been selected as the new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at The University of Montana UM head coach Robin Pflugrad announced.

"Timm has a lot ties to Missoula," Pflugrad said "Timm's father was a football coach here at The University of Montana and went on to Washington State as an administrator. The family knows a lot of people from the state of Montana and a lot of people from the state of Washington. He should be a great asset for us not only on the field, but in the recruiting area as well."

Rosenbach, 45, was in private business last year and did not coach. Two seasons ago, in 2009, he was at New Mexico State, and served as the Aggies' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for one year.

Prior to NMSU, Rosenbach was the quarterbacks coach from 2003-07 at his alma mater Washington State. During his time with the Cougars, Rosenbach mentored second team All-Pac-10 selection Matt Kegel, who racked up 2,947 passing yards and 21 touchdowns in his first season as a starter.

The Cougar passing offense finished third in the Pac-10 and 21st nationally, while WSU ranked eighth in the nation in total offense in 2005. Under Rosenbach's tutelage, Alex Brink (2004-07) became WSU's all-time leader in passing yards, completions, attempts and touchdowns.

Rosenbach (Rose-en-bah) set WSU single-season records in 1988 for total offense (3,422), passing yards (3,097), touchdown passes (24) and touchdowns responsible for (34) as the Cougars' quarterback.

His total offense yards and passing yards per game were also Pac-10 records. He also had the highest quarterback rating in the nation that year, completing 218 of 338 passes with just 11 interceptions and 24 TD throws.

One of the highlights of the 1988 season was WSU's 34-30 win at UCLA over the Bruins, who were ranked No. 1 in the nation that week. Rosenbach threw for 272 yards and two scores against the Bruins.

Following his junior season and after WSU defeated Houston, 24-22, in the Aloha Bowl, Rosenbach announced he would not return for his final year with the Cougars.

He led the nation in passing efficiency his final season at WSU and finished seventh in the 1988 Heisman Trophy voting that year, and was an honorable mention All-American that season.

He was then the second pick in a supplemental NFL draft, taken by the Arizona Cardinals.

Rosenbach was with the Cardinals for four years, and then spent a year (1994) with Hamilton of the Canadian Football League.

In 1995, he signed a contract to play with the New Orleans Saints, but had to give up his career before the season because of a ruptured disk in his back.

After seeing spot duty his rookie year in 1989, Rosenbach started all 16 games in 1990, taking every offensive snap for the Phoenix Cardinals.

He played for the Cardinals from 1989-92, but missed the 1991 season because of a knee injury suffered in training camp.

"As a player in the National Football League he had some ups and downs and some rocky roads, and he overcame a lot of those issues," Pflugrad said. "He played in Canada then went back to the NFL for a little bit. He's seen the good times and the bad times of not only the playing profession, but also the coaching profession."

After a few years in private business, Rosenbach began coaching in 1999 at Ambrose University in Iowa as quarterbacks coach.

When his Cougar teammate (and former WSU head coach) Paul Wulff was named Eastern Washington's head coach in 2000, Rosenbach joined the staff as a part-time coach for one season, then moved into a full-time role as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2001.

In his first season as offensive coordinator, the Eagles led the nation in total offense, averaging 514.5 yards per game, plus nearly 42 points per contest.

In 2002, the Eagles averaged 447.7 yards per game to rank sixth nationally in total offense, and finished third in passing offense, 317.6 yards per game was 13th in scoring, 33.2 points per game.

"As we looked at our candidates we did want someone who had some Big Sky ties, there's no question about that," Pflugrad said. "We had, in my opinion, some excellent candidates and a few of them rose above the others. When you do work with somebody I think that always helps in the selection process when you hire a coach, because we spend so much time together on an off the football field.

"It is important to have some chemistry within your coaching staff," Pflugrad said. "I always respected the job that ‘Rosie' did when we were together at Washington State. We got to go to the Holiday Bowl (in 2003) and we beat Texas 28-20), and that was a really, really neat experience. He called all our plays (at WSU) for the three years I was with him."

As a graduate of WSU he comes from a school which has produced several other NFL quarterbacks, including Mark Rypien, Drew Bledsoe, Ryan Leaf, and Jason Gesser.

Pflugrad and Rosenbach coached together at WSU for three seasons from 2003-05, with the 2003 squad posting a 10-3 record and a win over Texas in the Holiday Bowl.

Timm's father, the late Lynn Rosenbach, was a long-time football coach in the state of Washington, and coached the running backs at Montana from 1980-82.

Lynn left UM to become an assistant athletic director at Washington State. Timm was a three-sport star at Missoula's Hellgate High School before moving to Pullman, Wash., with his family.

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