Rumors started circulating on Sunday evening that Philip Montgomery had been hired as offensive coordinator of the Auburn Tigers. The University officially announced the hiring today.
“Philip is one of the brightest offensive minds in college football and has had experience developing and coaching some great quarterbacks in the last 20 years, including a Heisman Trophy winner in Robert Griffin III,” Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze said. “He does a tremendous job schematically and has had success being multifaceted in both the running and passing games. I’ve known Philip for a long time and am excited to finally work with him.”
Montgomery has been the head coach of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane for the past eight seasons, being fired after this season. His tenure included four bowl game appearances and a 10-win season in 2016.
“I have been fortunate to work with several great offensive coaches in my career and can’t wait to work with another in Coach Freeze,” Montgomery said. “We want to bring an exciting, up-tempo offense back to Auburn. This is a tremendous football school with a history of some of the greatest talents to play the game. Our goal is to add to that tradition and help restore Auburn football to a championship-caliber level.”
Montgomery got his first collegiate coaching job as the quarterbacks and running backs coach for the Houston Cougars in 2003. He added co-offensive coordinator to his title in 2007. From 2008-2011, Montgomery held the same role at Baylor. From 2012-14, he held the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. 2015 is when his time as the head coach of Tulsa began.
Montgomery brings a lot of experience to the Auburn Football Program. Time will tell just how beneficial he will be to it.