UM President Dr. Royce Engstrom has announced that former UM associate head coach Mick Delaney will serve as the Grizzlies’ interim head football coach, while Jean Gee has been selected as the school’s interim athletic director.

Delaney recently concluded his fourth season as an assistant coach at Montana and working with the running backs, and was the associate head coach. A veteran mentor, Delaney has been in coaching ranks 44 years, with 29 of them at the collegiate level.  Originally from Butte, he came to Montana from Colorado State where he was an assistant coach from 1993-2007.

Prior to coaching the Rams, Delaney was the head football coach and athletic director at Western Montana in 1991-1992. He served as the athletic director at Montana Tech in Butte from 1983-1985.  He began his coaching career at Butte Central High School (1964-1967) as head wrestling coach and assistant football coach.

Delaney was an assistant football coach under head coach Jack Swarthout at UM from 1968-1969. He was the head wrestling coach at Montana at that time also.  He then moved on to Great Falls High School (1969-1976) where he taught English and was the assistant wrestling and track and field coach. He coached at Montana State from 1979-1980.

Mick earned his B.A. in education at UM Western (Western Montana College) in 1964. He is an inaugural inductee into the Western Montana College Sports Hall of Fame.

Gee has been involved with Grizzly Athletics for the past 15-plus years. She has served as the associate athletic director and senior woman administrator for Grizzly Athletics for the past eight years.

Prior to that, Gee was assistant athletic director for Compliance & Academic Services at UM for almost six years.

A native of  Lewistown, Mont., Jean received a B.A. in psychology from UM in 1995 and a master’s degree in public administration in 2006.