Philip Montgomery is in his fifth season at Baylor and serves as the
offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He served as the QB coach
for 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and calls plays for the
Bears' high-powered, record-breaking offense.
Montgomery's association with Art Briles dates back to Stephenville
High School, and he has coached alongside Baylor's head coach for 14
Following Baylor's record-breaking 2011 season, Montgomery was
named the national Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com as
well as the Quarterback Coach of the Year by
As backfield coach in 2011 Montgomery coached two All-Americans --
in addition to mentoring RG3, the most prolific quarterback in school
history who set 54 school records, he also tutored future NFL Draftee
Terrance Ganaway who set the Baylor single-season records for rushing
yards (1,566) and rushing TDs (21).
The 2011 Baylor offense set or tied 101 offensive school records, ranked
No. 2 nationally (587.1 yards per game), and was the only offensive unit
nationally to rank in the top 10 in both passing (fourth, 351.5 ypg) and
rushing (10th, 235.6 ypg). BU also ranked fourth nationally in scoring,
averaging 45.3 points per game.
The Bears finished the 2011 season with a 10-3 record, including a
memorable 67-56 Alamo Bowl win over Washington, and ranked 12th
(coaches) and 13th (AP) nationally.
In 2010 Montgomery coached honorable-mention All-American and
NFL Draftee Jay Finley, who broke the Baylor single-season rushing
record by running for 1,218 yards. Griffin III set or tied 11 school records
including the then-single-season passing mark with 3,501 yards. In all,
Montgomery assisted a BU offense that ranked 13th nationally (475.3 ypg)
to 55 new school records.
Montgomery coached a 2008 Baylor backfield that was productive as
any BU offense in more than a decade. The Bears total points (28.0),
rushing yards (2,349) and rushing TDs (29) were the most since 1994, and
the total offense average (376.4) was the highest since 1995. Montgomery
mentored Freshman All-America quarterback Griffin III, who threw for
2,091 yards, rushed for 843, and accounted for 28 TDs.
Montgomery came to Baylor after five seasons coaching the backfield
at Houston, the final year also serving as co-offensive coordinator. During
his time at UH, the Cougar offense ranked as one of the nation's most
prolific, in large part due to contributions of Montgomery and co-coordinator
Randy Clements. In the 2007 regular-season, Houston ranked
fourth nationally in total offense (513.17 ypg), 10th in rushing offense
(239.92 ypg), 17th in scoring offense (36.33 ppg) and 27th in passing
offense (273.25 ypg).
In 2007, Houston's Anthony Alridge rushed for a team-high 1,568
yards and 14 touchdowns while catching 41 passes for 424 yards and five
scores en route to second-team All-Conference USA honors for the second
consecutive year. He ended the regular-season ranked seventh nationally
in rushing and 12th in all-purpose yards per game at 180.1. Alridge and
Jackie Battle both rushed for more than 800 yards in 2006 to receive
second- and third-team all-conference honors respectively.
Montgomery also played a key role in the development of Kevin Kolb,
who was named 2003 Conference USA Freshman of the Year. His first
season at Houston also saw running back Anthony Evans rush for 1,149
yards en route to second-team All-Conference USA honors and Jackie
Battle earn team MVP honors after rushing for 124 yards and three
touchdowns in the 2003 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
Two years later, Kolb was a third-team all-league performer and
running back Ryan Gilbert was a first-team Conference USA honoree
after rushing for more than 1,000 yards.
Prior to joining the Cougars' coaching staff, Montgomery served one
year as the offensive coordinator at Denton (Texas) High School and
helped the team to a 10-2 record and the 2002 bi-district crown.
Montgomery spent six seasons as the quarterbacks and backfield coach
at Stephenville High School, where he helped coach Art Briles' program
to back-to-back state 4A Division II state championships in 1998 and 1999.
Among his pupils at Stephenville were all-state quarterback Kelan
Luker and all-state running back Zac Hunter, who helped power the
team's offense to a national record 8,664 total yards in 1998. He also
coached Kendal Briles, the 1999 4A Division II Texas Offensive Player of
the Year, as well as Tie Lassater and Kolb to 4A Division II Texas
Offensive MVPs in 2000 and 2001, respectively.
A four-year letterman at Tarleton State, Montgomery began his
coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater working with the
running backs and serving as the summer weight room coordinator for
The Eastland, Texas, native received his bachelor's degree in exercise
and sports studies from Tarleton in 1995. He and his wife, Ashli, have
two children, Cannon and Maci.