Youngstown State offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery will be recognized tonight as the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation's 2014 College Assistant Coach of the Year.
Montgomery, who has been with the program for the past four seasons, serves as the Penguins' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He will receive his award tonight at the Chapter's 26th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet at the LaCentre Banquet Facility in Westlake, Ohio. The event is also sponsored by the Cleveland Touchdown Club.
In addition to Montgomery, former YSU quarterback Kurt Hess will receive a postgraduate scholarship from the organization at the event.
In his four years with the program, the Penguins have consistently put up impressive offensive numbers. In each season, YSU has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 2,000 yards. The program has accomplished the feat 11 times in school history with the seven other times coming in seasons where the Guins reached the postseason.
In the past four seasons: YSU has scored more than 27 points on 32 occasions and had more than 400 yards of total offense 23 times; the Penguins have scored 112 rushing touchdowns and 78 passing touchdowns; completed 62 percent of its passes and YSU has attempted more than 448 rushing attempts in each year and attempted 292 passes or more in each season.
Montgomery and Hess helped rewrite the Penguins' record books. Hess, who started 45 consecutive games, finished his career as the school-record holder in completions (706), attempts (1,135), yards (8,925), touchdown passes (75), yards per game (198.4), 200-yard passing games (24), passer rating (144.96), TDs responsible for (87), four-touchdown passing games (six), total offensive yards (9,459) and total offense per game (210.2).
In 2013, the Guins had a very-balanced offense averaging 204.8 yards passing and 195.8 yards rushing to post an 8-4 overall record, which included a six-game winning streak and 5-0 conference start. Hess - a second-team All-MVFC pick - passed for 2,229 yards marking the fourth straight season he eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark.
YSU had 31 rushing touchdowns and 23 passing scores on the year. It was just the third 30-20 campaign in school history joining the 1999 and 1979 squads in the department. The 31 rushing scores were the most since 2006 while the 23 passing scores were the second most in school history. Impressive, seven players caught at least two touchdown passes, a first for the program.
Also, YSU threw just seven interceptions - the fewest since 2007 - and tied the school-mark with three 50-plus point performances. For the campaign, YSU averaged 33.8 points per game, scoring 405 for the year. The Penguins set a school record for total offensive with 718 yards in a win over Morehead State. Amazingly, YSU had 359 yards rushing and passing in the contest.
In the red zone, YSU was 43-of-47 (91.5 percent) and finished second in the FCS in that category behind Coastal Carolina.
Greg Pruitt and Doug Dieken will receive awards a the event while former YSU head coach Jim Tressel will be on hand to honor the Lee Tressel College Coach of the Year.