Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator
Brian Armstrong enters his sixth season at Rocky Mountain College and fourth season as the head coach. In 2010, Armstrong was also recognized as the Frontier Conference Coach of the Year. Before becoming the head football coach, Armstrong was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He will be coaching the quarterbacks, as well as calling the plays this season. While at RMC, Armstrong has produced a nationally ranked offense.
Armstrong comes to RMC after having been the head football coach at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla., where he compiled a 21-6 record in two years. In his two years, his teams won two District 10 titles and were regional finalists in 2005 and regional semi-finalists in 2006. Armstrong was also voted regional and District 10 "Coach of the Year" while at Kathleen.
Before taking the head coaching position at Kathleen, Armstrong spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons as a graduate assistant at Utah State University, working with the offensive line and special teams.
During the 2001 season Armstrong worked as an assistant coach at Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, Fla., before being named the head coach there in 2002. His Lake Gibson team went 11-3, winning the District 4A-7 championship and making it to the regional finals. For his teams efforts, Armstrong was named District 7 "Coach of the Year," Lakeland Ledger "Coach of the Year," and Tampa Tribune "Coach of the Year."
Armstrong started his coaching career in 1996 at Western Montana College before moving to Morgan (Utah) High School in 1997 and then to Broadwater High School in Townsend, Mont., in 1998-99.
Armstrong played offensive line at Western Montana College from 1992-95 and was an All-American his senior year, as well as a two time all-conference selection. He also wrestled at Western Montana, and his team won the national championship his sophomore year.
He is a 1992 graduate of Helena High School and earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Western Montana in 1998. He then earned his master's of education in physical education from Utah State University in 2004.
Armstrong and his wife, Julie, have two children, Michael and Alissa.
Recruiting territory: Local schools (Billings, Bozeman, Helena), transfer students
Defensive Coordinator / Asst. Head Coach
Matt Hollowell begins his sixth season with the Battlin' Bears and his fifth season as defensive coordinator.
Hollowell comes to RMC from Belgrade (MT) High School where he was the head coach for seven seasons. While there he led the Panthers to six playoff appearances, one conference title, and a 41-26 record.
He completed his playing career and earned his bachelor's of science degree in elementary education from Dickinson State University (ND).
Hollowell and his wife, Treba, have two children, Janie and Bon.
Recruiting territory: Eastern Montana, Wyoming, California
Strength and Conditioning / Running Backs
Dan Watson is entering his first year with the Battlin' Bears and will serve as the strength and conditioning coach and running backs.
Watson comes to RMC from Indiana State University where he was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for two years and graduated with a master of science in physical education – coaching. Prior to his time at ISU Dan worked at Putnam High School in Roachdale, Ind., with the offensive line, linebackers, and assistant strength and conditioning coach, helping the Cougars to their first State Championship appearance.
Watson is a 2011 graduate of Marian University majoring in exercise science. While at Marian, he was a member of the inaugural football team and was a team captain and a member of the track team.
A native of Terre Haute, IN, Dan has two brothers and is the son of Marguerite and William Watson.
Coach O’Neill grew up in Billings and graduated from Billings Central in 1992. While attending Billings Central High School, he played football, track, and basketball. After high school, O'Neill continued his education and playing career at Dickinson State University. While playing for the Blue Hawks, he was a four-year letter winner while playing outside linebacker. In his last year at Dickinson, 1995, the Blue Hawks finished the season with their first ever 10-win undefeated regular season. He later transferred to MSU-Bozeman and earned his bachelor's degree in business management in 1998.
In 2001, O'Neill started his coaching career at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. During his tenure at Colorado School of Mines, he coached the wide receivers. From 2002 through 2006, O'Neill coached football at Niwot High School in Niwot, Colo. While at Niwot, O'Neill was the head freshman coach, head J.V. coach, as well as the coach for the varsity offensive line, wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends. From 2007 to 2009, O'Neill was the linebacker coach/defensive coordinator at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont. Coach O’Neill returns for his second season coaching the linebackers at Rocky Mountain College.
He and his wife, Solange, have two boys, Aidan and Ronan.
Wide Receivers / Returners, Specialists
Coach Barnett is in his third season of coaching the wide receivers at RMC. Born and raised in southern California, Nathan Barnett played receiver at Rocky Mountain College in 2009 and 2010 and was named first team all-conference after his senior season. He's a recent RMC graduate with a bachelor's of science in health sciences. In the offseason, Coach Barnett is a certified personal trainer and is studying to become a firefighter.
Recruiting territory: California
Offensive Assistant / Video Coordinator / RMC Athletics Social Media
Chad Smith “Smitty” begins his forth season of coaching at RMC after playing linebacker for the Battlin' Bears. His duties include offensive assistant and scout defense and handling the film duties for football. Coach Smith also takes care of social media for RMC athletics as well as the football program. Prior to the 2013 season Coach Smitty has worked with running backs, offensive line, and tight ends.
Chad is an RMC graduate with a major in exercise science and a minor in aviation and coaching. Smith comes from the ranch community of Eden, Mont., where he played 8-man football in Centerville and was part of the 2004 state semi-finalist team.
Coach Honeyman grew up in Billings and graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School, where he was a member of the Rams football team. After graduating from Central, Sam continued his football playing career at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. He graduated from Dickinson in 2009 with a degree in history education.
Honeyman came to RMC from Highland Community College in Kansas where he spent the 2011 season as the defensive line coach. Prior to that, he was the special teams coach at Missoula Hellgate High School in 2010. At RMC, Coach Honeyman worked with the running backs in 2012. This season Coach Honeyman will work with the linebackers.
Recruiting territory: Idaho, California
Coach Carich is beginning his third year with the Battlin' Bears working with the offensive line.
Bryce graduated from RMC in 2011 with a bachelor's of science in exercise science. After transferring from Missouri Southern, Coach Carich helped lead the Battlin' Bears to their first winning season in nine years anchoring the center position and receiving Frontier Conference All-Conference honors in 2010.
Coach Husk grew up in Colorado Springs playing football at Mitchell High School. In 2005, Adam came to RMC and played defensive line and graduated with a degree in physical education and health. Coach Husk is now a P..E. teacher and strength coach at Huntley Project High School as well as working with the Battlin' Bears.
Adam coaches the defensive line where he has helped to produce players who have received all-conference 1st team honors.
Wide Receivers / Tight Ends
In his time at RMC, Bo played linebacker for the Battlin' Bears before his coaching career. Coach Grandahl worked with the wide receivers in 2012 and will continue with them along with the tight ends this season. He graduated from Sheridan High School in Wyoming.
Student Asst. Corners, Safeties & Strength / Conditioning
Ridge finished his playing career last fall after receiving all-confrence honors at corner. He will help in the weight room and defensive back field. Coach Fuentes is working on finishing his degree and is from Lewiston, Idaho.
Student Assistant, Defensive Line
Tyler is in his second year assisting the Battlin' Bears with the defensive line. Coach Fritz is from Omaha, Nebraska, and played football at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, and then helped coach defensive line at Minnesota West Community College. He is working on graduating this fall with a physical education and health degree.