Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Following three seasons on the coaching staff with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, former Duke football standout and assistant coach Scottie Montgomery returned to his alma mater in February, 2013 and serves as the program’s Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator/Passing Game while mentoring the Blue Devil wide receivers.
Montgomery, who starred as an All-ACC wideout at Duke from 1996-99, re-joins the Duke program after serving the last three seasons (2010-11-12) as an assistant coach with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cleveland County, N.C., native spent four seasons (2006-07-08-09) on the Blue Devil staff under head coaches Ted Roof and David Cutcliffe.
Coaching the wide receivers, Montgomery helped the Steelers to a three-year regular season record of 32-16 including the 2010 AFC North division championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XLV, where Pittsburgh fell to the Green Bay Packers, 31-25. The Steelers also reached the playoffs in 2011. Among the wideouts mentored by Montgomery were Hines Ward, Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. A four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Ward finished his career as the organization’s all-time leader in receptions (1,000), receiving yardage (12,083) and receiving touchdowns (85). Wallace earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2011 after catching 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns while Brown was the Steelers’ team MVP in 2011 after becoming the first player in NFL history to amass 1,000-plus yards both receiving and on kick returns.
During his four-year coaching tenure at Duke, Montgomery mentored several of the finest wide receivers in school and ACC history. Eron Riley was a two-time All-ACC selection in 2006-07 and caught 144 career passes for 2,413 yards and 22 touchdowns while his 16.77 career yards per catch averaged was the fourth-highest in Duke history at the time of his graduation. Donovan Varner and Conner Vernon both were recruited to Duke by Montgomery out of Miami and enjoyed outstanding careers in Durham. A first team All-ACC pick in 2009, Varner caught 207 passes for 2,660 yards from 2008-11 while Vernon, a three-time (2010-11-12) all-league selection, became the ACC’s career leader in both catches (283) and receiving yardage (3,749).
As a wide receiver for the Blue Devils from 1996-99, Montgomery paced Duke in receiving three straight seasons (1997-98-99) and twice earned the program’s Carmen Falcone Award (1998 & 1999) as the Most Valuable Player. He became just the third player in school history to lead the program in receptions in three straight years, joining Howard Pitt (1951-52-53) and Stan Crisson (1961-62-63), and became just the sixth Blue Devil to earn multiple team MVP honors.
Montgomery closed his own collegiate career with 171 catches for 2,379 yards and 13 touchdowns. He caught 51 passes in both 1997 and 1999 and registered a career-high 60 receptions as a junior in 1998.
Montgomery’s name also is etched into the Duke record book for longest plays with an 88-yard pass reception from Bobby Campbell against Vanderbilt in 1998 and a 99-yard kickoff return versus Wake Forest in 1999. Montgomery finished his career ranking among Duke’s all-time leaders in kickoff returns (63) and kickoff return yards (1,515) and all-purpose yardage (4,188).
During his senior campaign in 1999, he established the school standard for all-purpose yards in a season with 1,565 — a mark that was broken in 2001 when Chris Douglas amassed 1,849 yards. Montgomery continues to hold two of Duke’s top single-game totals for all-purpose yardage with 262 versus Vanderbilt in 1998 and 250 against Virginia in 1999. In the Vanderbilt contest, he registered 243 receiving yards, a total that at the time marked the fourth-highest single-game performance in school history.
Montgomery played professionally with the NFL’s Denver Broncos (2000-02) and Oakland Raiders (2003). He is married to the former Ebony McDuffie of Detroit, Mich., and the couple has two sons, Cassius and Moses.