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B.J. Robertson, Montana State’s special teams coach, runs drills April 8.

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BJ Robertson, Montana State’s special teams coordinator since 2016, has resigned from that position to pursue professional opportunities outside of college coaching, MSU announced Tuesday.

This marks the third assistant to leave the Bobcats’ staff since previous head coach Jeff Choate became a co-defensive coordinator at Texas.

New Bobcats head coach Brent Vigen has spoken highly of Robertson, who was recently given the role of associate head coach, since taking over. Vigen will begin the 2021 season with different offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators than when Choate was at MSU.

“In a very short amount of time, it became apparent that BJ is an excellent football coach with deep connections in the state of Montana,” Vigen said in a news release. “He’s been invaluable to me through the transition, and I’ve enjoyed working with him but respect his decision to begin a new chapter. He will always be a member of the Bobcat Football family, and we wish him the absolute best.”

A long-time fixture on the Treasure State coaching scene, Robertson molded MSU’s special teams units into one of the most productive in the FCS.

MSU’s Jered Padmos ranked fifth nationally in yards per punt in 2019. Kevin Kassis finished fifth in punt return yards in 2016. The Bobcats were in the top 20 in net punting in each of Robertson’s four seasons.

Before arriving at MSU, Robertson served as Montana Western’s head coach from 2013-15, compiling a 17-14 record. He followed the Bulldogs’ 6-5 record in 2014, UMW’s first winning season in a decade, with a 7-3 mark in 2015.

Before that, he was an assistant coach at Rocky Mountain (2007-12), Southern Oregon (2006) and Rockford (2001-05). The Sheridan, Montana, product graduated from UMW in 1998 and earned his master’s degree from Rockford in 2003.

“I’m thankful to Coach Vigen and Coach Choate for providing me an opportunity to live a dream and goal of being a part of the Bobcat Football Family,” Robertson said. “I’m leaving Montana State to invest my time in other areas of my life. The Bobcat players made my experience one that I will always cherish.

“I have gained many lifelong relationships during my time at MSU. I especially want to thank the Montana high school coaches for their dedication in keeping the love of the greatest game alive in their players. It allowed me to pursue my passion for teaching and coaching football at the collegiate level. Thank you Bobcat Nation for your support.”

MSU assistant head coach and linebackers coach Bobby Daly will assume an elevated in-state recruiting role.

“We will transition Helena native and former Bobcat great Bobby Daly into the lead role recruiting Montana,” Vigen said, “while continuing to make recruiting our great state the top priority.”

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.

This article originally ran on bozemandailychronicle.com.

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