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Jason Semore enters his second season as the Grizzlies’ defensive coordinator in 2017 after serving one year as Montana’s special teams coordinator and secondary coach under head coach Bob Stitt in 2015.
In his first season as the Grizzlies DC in 2016, his defense finished second in the nation in the third down conversion defense, fifth in red zone defense and ninth in team tackles for loss. The 2016 Griz produced the Big Sky’s top total defense, allowing teams just 349 yards per game.
In Semore’s defensive setup, Montana linebacker Josh Buss finished his team defensive MVP sophomore season with the most tackles for loss in the league, averaging 1.82 per game for a total of 20 on the season, 15 of which were solo.
Semore joined the Grizzly football staff in December of 2014 after a one-year stint with Stitt at the Colorado School of Mines where he served as the defensive coordinator. Last season the Orediggers went 10-2 overall and tied for the league title with an 8-1 record.
Prior to his position at Mines, he had a two-year stint (2012 and 2013) as a defensive assistant at Oklahoma State University where the Cowboys were ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in five defensive categories, including 14th in scoring defense. OSU competed in the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl and the 2014 Cotton Bowl, finishing 10-3 overall and ending the season ranked No. 17 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
Prior to his time at OSU, he spent two-and-a-half years at the University of Tulsa as an outside linebackers coach. His Golden Hurricane defensive unit led the country in interceptions and in turnover margin and advanced to the 2010 Hawai’i Bowl and the 2011 Armed Forces Bowl.
Semore served as the co-defensive coordinator, secondary coach and special teams coordinator at his alma mater, Adams State, for three seasons.
He got his collegiate coaching start at Mines where he served as a secondary coach with the Orediggers in 2007. His first coaching berth was in 2006 when he served as the defensive coordinator for Round Valley High School in Springerville, Arizona. His defense led Arizona’s Class 3A in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense.
He played linebacker at Adams State from 2001-05, and earned a B.A. in History, Government and Philosophy from there in 2005. He got an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2007. He later received his M.A. in Educational Methods from the University of Tulsa in 2012.
He has two daughters, Paityn and Palmer.