Mick Dennehy

Michael Dennehy (born June 13, 1950) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Montana Western (1988–1990), the University of Montana (1996–1999), and Utah State University (2000–2004), compiling a career college football record of 68–62.

Mick Dennehy
Biographical details
Born (1950-06-13) June 13, 1950 (age 72)
Butte, Montana, U.S.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975–1978Colton HS (WA)
1979–1981Helena HS (MT)
1980–1981Montana State (assistant)
1982–1987Gillette Campbell County HS (WY)
1988–1990Montana Western
1991–1995Montana (OC)
2000–2004Utah State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2006–2007Boulder (MT) Jefferson HS
Head coaching record
Tournaments3–4 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
3 Big Sky (1996, 1998–1999)

Playing careerEdit

As a safety on the Grizzlies' football team from 1971 to 1972, Dennehy earned first-team all-Big Sky Conference honors in 1972. He is tied for second in single-season Big Sky history with 10 interceptions in 1972, while leading the league that year, as well. Dennehy is tied for ninth in league history with 16 career interceptions.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Dennehy started his college coaching career as an assistant coach for Montana State before switching to coach at high school level for a number of years. He returned to college football coaching at the University of Montana Western, a small NAIA school, before moving on to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Montana. In 1996, he was promoted to head coach of the Montana Grizzlies, but left following the 1999 season to take at post as the head coach of Utah State, replacing Dave Arslanian.[2] In 2005 Dennehy was fired as head coach of Utah State after compiling a record of 19–37.

Dennehy became athletics director at Jefferson High School in Boulder, Montana in 2006.[3][4] Dennehy resigned after the 2006–07 school year.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Montana Western Bulldogs (Frontier Conference) (1988–1990)
1988 Montana Western 1–5 1–5 T–3rd
1989 Montana Western 4–4 2–4 3rd
1990 Montana Western 5–3 3–3 T–2nd
Montana Western: 10–12 6–12
Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (1996–1999)
1996 Montana 14–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Championship
1997 Montana 8–4 6–2 2nd L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
1998 Montana 8–4 6–2 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
1999 Montana 9–3 7–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
Montana: 39–12 27–5
Utah State Aggies (Big West Conference) (2000)
2000 Utah State 5–6 4–1 2nd
Utah State Aggies (NCAA Division I-A independent) (2001–2002)
2001 Utah State 4–7
2002 Utah State 4–7
Utah State Aggies (Sun Belt Conference) (2003–2004)
2003 Utah State 3–9 3–3 4th
2004 Utah State 3–8 2–5 9th
Utah State: 19–37 9–9
Total: 68–61
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Biography". www.utahstateaggies.com. Archived from the original on March 30, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "Mike Dennehy" (PDF). MontanaGrizzlies.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 14, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Cotton, Tom (April 19, 2006). "Dennehy to lead Boulder athletic program". Montana Standard. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Neighbor, Fritz (September 17, 2006). "The New Mick: Ex-UM coach Mick Dennehy surfaces in Boulder, where the fishing's good and life is great". The Missoulian. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Lincoln, Marga (May 11, 2007). "Dennehy resigns at JHS". Helena Independent Record. Retrieved May 5, 2015.