UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western announced the appointment of Ryan Nourse as the new Bulldog head football coach. UMW NEWS BUREAU [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="157" caption="Ryan Nourse"][/caption] The University of Montana Western announced the appointment of Ryan Nourse as the new Bulldog head football coach. Nourse comes to Montana Western from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where he was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator during 2010 and the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 2003 to 2008. Nourse earned a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science Education from Montana Western in 1997. He was also a starting wide receiver for the Bulldogs and was part of the Hall of Fame 1994 Frontier Conference Championship team. “This university really helped mold me into a teacher and coach,” Nourse said of his alma mater. “It has been a driving force in my career since then.” Nourse also earned a Masters of Arts in Professional Education from Morningside College in 2007. While he had a very successful career at Morningside, including earning the 2007 NAIA National Assistant Coach of the Year award, Nourse said he jumped at the opportunity to return to Montana Western and Dillon. “To come back and see the changes made and how vibrant the campus is further validated this decision for me,” Nourse explained. “I find the very unique academic environment here provides tremendous opportunities to recruit new student athletes. The potential here is amazing.” Montana Western Athletic Director Mark Durham said Nourse is a perfect fit for the Bulldog football program. "I can't express how excited I am to have Ryan as our new football coach,” Durham said. “Not only is he very knowledgeable and organized, but he really has a plan in place to get Montana Western football back on track. He is very connected to our alumni base and his values on and off the field are exceptional." Nourse said instilling that vision in his players and coaches is his first priority. “From day one I’ll be working at instilling a vision for our young men, giving them a worthy goal and something bigger to believe in,” Nourse explained. “The place to start is to create belief in the vision we’ve set for the program. Day one is a clean slate. We want to turn UMW into a program that competes for championships.” While at Morningside, Nourse also served as the strength and conditioning coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and on special teams. In 2005, Nourse helped lead Morningside College to an undefeated season and the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship. Nourse served as defensive coordinator for Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. from 2008 to 2010; defensive backs coach for Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. from 2000 to 2001; head football coach at Salmon High School in Salmon, Idaho from 1997 to 1999; and defensive backs coach at the University of Montana Western from 1995 to 1996. Nourse’s appointment at Montana Western is pending approval by the Montana Board of Regents as is required with all head coach appointments in the Montana University System.