(Editor’s note: Montana Tech athletics release)
BUTTE – Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter announced today that External Associate Athletic Director Matt Stepan has been promoted to Director of Athletics.
The planned transition will see Stepan move into the AD role currently held by Montana Tech head football coach and director of athletics Chuck Morrell. Morrell has served as AD since 2014 and head football coach since 2011. He will remain as the head football coach. “The stability is there and the timing is right for Matt to move right into this role,” noted Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. “We are fortunate Matt is part of the Montana Tech team. I have confidence that he will continue to drive Montana Tech Athletics forward. We are grateful for Coach Morrell’s dedication to Montana Tech and thank him for serving in this role for the past three years.”
Matt joined the Montana Tech Athletic Department in 2014. Stepan, originally from Butte, graduated from Butte Central High School in 1999 and then went on to receive a degree in Business & Information Technology at Montana Tech while playing football under Bob Green.
“It has been an honor to serve as Montana Tech’s athletic director for nearly three years,” noted Chuck Morrell. “I will be forever grateful for the support that I received from Chancellor Blackketter, the coaches and the athletic department staff. Digger Athletics is functioning in a very stable and positive direction, and I am ecstatic that Matt Stepan will be stepping into the role of athletic Director. I can think of no better choice to represent the Butte community and the Orediggers.”
Stepan’s vision for Oredigger athletics is strong. He would like to build on the strong relationships in the community and grow engagement and participation levels by casting a wider net with our alumni base all around the world.
“I am humbled and honored to assume the responsibility of leading our great coaches and student-athletes at Montana Tech. As a former Oredigger and the son of an Oredigger, Montana Tech is much more than a place to work. I’m excited to continue and strengthen the great relationship between my hometown and my alma mater. We are on a very positive and exciting path thanks to the leadership of Coach Morrell and the hard work of Nick Bowsher and all of the Athletics department staff. I am forever indebted to Coach Morrell for his guidance over the past three years, Chancellor Blackketter for the opportunity to serve one of the finest institutions in the country, and to the Butte community for the incredible support they’ve shown to me and Montana Tech Athletics.”
The change will become effective September 1, 2017. For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Nick Bowsher, Associate Athletic Director of Facilities & Communications, at 406-496-4737.