Scottie Montgomery, a 2000 graduate of Duke University, serves as the program’s Baxter Family Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator while mentoring the Blue Devil quarterbacks.
The 2015 campaign marks Montgomery’s second as both primary offensive play-caller and quarterbacks coach at Duke. Montgomery, who starred as an All-ACC wideout at Duke from 1996-99, rejoined the Duke staff prior to the 2013 season after serving the previous 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.
During his first year as offensive coordinator, Montgomery oversaw an attack that tallied 421 points, the second-highest single season total in program history, behind only the 2013 squad, which Montgomery served as Duke’s wide receivers coach. The Blue Devil offense finished 2014 averaging 32.38 points per game, marking the first time in program history to average 30.00 or more points for three straight years. The 2014 unit also racked up 5,178 yards of total offense, reaching the 5,000-yard plateau for the third straight season, a first in program history. Last season’s Blue Devil offensive unit became the first in school history to average 180-plus rushing yards and 210-plus passing yards per game.
Montgomery will be tasked with grooming a new starting quarterback in 2015 following the graduation of Anthony Boone, who left Duke as the all-time winningest starting quarterback and agreed to terms with the NFL’s Detroit Lions in the spring. Boone was an All-ACC pick as a senior and finished his career having completed 540-of-923 (.585) passes for 5,789 yards with 38 touchdowns and 24 interceptions while rushing 230 times for 800 yards and 16 touchdowns.
In 2013, Montgomery guided Duke’s receiving unit that included first team All-ACC wideout Jamison Crowder, who set a conference single-season record with 108 pass receptions for 1,330 yards and eight touchdowns.
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 previous 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 is etched into the Duke record book for longest plays with an 88-yard pass 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, Montgomery established the school standard for all-purpose yards in a season with 1,565 and he 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 (born September 24, 2009) and Moses (born June 27, 2013).