Wolfpack Coaching Staff
Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator and Wide Receivers
The 2021 season will be Coach Bennett's 18th year as a head coach and 15th year at Glacier High School where, in only their 8th season as a program, he led the WolfPack to their first-ever Class AA football championship in 2014. After two initial building years, the WolfPack made the playoffs 8 straight seasons from 2009-2016. After missing in 2017, the Pack hasn't missed again bringing their playoff total to 11 appearances in 14 seasons. The WolfPack made the quarterfinals in '09, '10, '18, '19, and '20, the semifinals in '11, '12, and '15 and the championship game in '13, '14, and '16 finishing as runner-ups in '13 and '16 and winning the title in '14 with an undefeated 13-0 record. Over the past 12 seasons, the WolfPack's record is an impressive 95-40. Coach Bennett began his head coaching career with three successful seasons as the head coach at Flathead, his alma mater. Coach Bennett graduated from Flathead in 1986 where he earned All-State 1st Team honors in 3 different sports. He was an All-State QB, an All-State guard on a Braves basketball team that finished as state runner-ups and he won Class AA's 300 hurdle race. He is one of only a handful of class AA athletes to be named All-State 1st Team in three different sports in the same year. He went on to play Quarterback for the University of Montana where he established many single-season, career passing, and total offense records. He passed for 3,813 yards in 1989 leading the Grizzlies to their best finish in school history at the time, losing to eventual National Champion Georgia Southern in the semifinals. For his career, he passed for 8,594 yards and 55 touchdowns, both school records at the time. He was named 3rd team All-America his junior season. He graduated from UM in 1990 and after a brief stint with the BC Lions of the CFL, took his first teaching job back at his alma mater in 1991. He spent his first 2 seasons coaching the sophomore football team. He became the offensive coordinator in 1993 and spent 11 seasons in that capacity. He coached a fine list of record-setting Brave quarterbacks including Duncan McLean, Seth Arnoux, Billy Henderson, Matt Regier, Pete Shull, Kern Luhman, Mike Reilly, Clay Lindsay, and Brock Osweiler. Brock was a 2012 second-round pick of the Denver Broncos. Mike Reilly earned NFL roster time and is currently a starting QB in the CFL where he led the Edmonton Eskimos to the 2015 Grey Cup Championship and earned MVP honors. The success at the QB position has continued at Glacier High School as Shay Smithwick-Hann finished a fine career with the University of Montana Grizzlies and Colter Hanson and Taylor Hulslander made their mark on the school record books. Record-shattering QB Brady McChesney played collegiately for the Montana State Bobcats and set numerous state, all-class passing records in his career as well as going 24-2 as a varsity starter. Leif Ericksen (Whitworth), Tadan Gilman (Montana State), and JT Allen (Rocky) continued the trend putting up impressive numbers their senior seasons on their way to playing collegiately. Coach Bennett played in the East-West Montana Shrine Game in 1986, was an assistant coach for the West in both 1997 and 2007, and was the head coach of the 2012 West Shrine team. He also was an assistant coach for the Knights of Columbus Montana-North Dakota All-Star game in 2007 and as the head coach for the 2015 game, led Montana to a 40-25 victory over the North Dakota all-stars. In 2020, Grady was inducted into the Legends Wall of Fame. Grady teaches business at Glacier High specializing in accounting. He happily remarried in October of 2019 to Caroline and has 3 beautiful daughters, Reegan, Briahna, Hailee, grandsons Jack and Declan, and granddaughter Lenora.
Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs
Coach Deck graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1992 where he competed in football, hockey and baseball. During his senior year he earned all conference awards as a defensive back and kick returner. In hockey, he was a semifinalist for making the USA Junior Olympic Hockey Team. He obtained a Health Enhancement teaching degree from the University of Montana and a Masters degree in Sport Management from MSU–Billings. He began his coaching career at Missoula Big Sky in 1995 where he coached defensive backs for two seasons. He then moved to Billings Senior and was the head JV coach and defensive backs coach for eight seasons, while spending the last two years coordinating the special teams. Arron was a defensive coach for the East in the 2004 East-West Shrine Game and was chosen to coach in the 2005 Mon-Dak All-Star Game. He joined Coach Bennett as an assistant coach for the 2012 West Shrine team. Coach Deck first joined Coach Bennett at Flathead in 2005 and made the move to Glacier in 2007 to continue coaching linebackers and coordinate the WolfPack defense. In 2010, Coach Deck moved to the offensive side of the football to take over the offensive line and in 2011 became the offensive coordinator and has developed a prolific offense that has set numerous Montana state records for yardage, touchdowns and points scored. He moved to running backs in 2013. Coach Deck teaches Health Enhancement classes at Glacier High School and is also the head boys track coach. Arron is married to the former Rachel Gibbs and has four children, sons Brady and Drew and daughters Hannah and Emily.
Connor graduated from Glacier High School in 2010 as part of the second graduating class at Glacier High School. Connor was a very key part of the inaugural WolfPack football team and the effort it took to lay the foundation for all the success that has come after those first two seasons. He joins Coach Kramer Wilson as the second WolfPack football alumni to join the staff. During his playing time he received all-state honors as an inside linebacker and was elected team captain his senior season. He also competed in basketball and track for the Wolfpack. Following high school Connor continued playing football by enrolling at the University of Montana Western in Dillon. He received a bachelor’s degree from Montana Western in mathematics and health enhancement education. Connor began his teaching career in 2016 at GHS in the health enhancement department. Connor started his coaching career at Billings Senior High School where he student taught and helped assist the football and basketball programs in 2015. Connor is entering his 6th year coaching for the Wolfpack and after working with the secondary and special teams his first three seasons is in his third season coaching the offensive line.
Tight Ends and Specialists
Coach Kessler came to Glacier High School from Northern California in 2015. He graduated from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, California; participating in football, basketball, and baseball. After high school, he went on to play college football at Los Medanos College and Sonoma State University as a tight end and punter. He completed his B.A. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State and California Teaching Credential from St. Mary’s College followed by a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine. Mark began his coaching and teaching career at Las Lomas High School in 1992 coaching defensive backs and wide receivers before taking over as the Head Coach. In 1997 he began teaching and coaching at Benicia High School for two seasons as the defensive coordinator and two seasons as the head coach running the offense. In 2000 he joined the staff at Solano College as offensive coordinator helping lead them to the East County Growers and Graffiti Bowls. In 2004 he served as assistant coach at San Ramon Valley High School working with defensive backs and wide receivers for three seasons; defensive coordinator for two seasons; becoming head coach in 2009. During the 11 years with SRV, the Wolves compiled a record of 83-40-1 with 2 section championships, one runner-up and 11 straight playoff appearances. Mark was an assistant coach in the 1992 Contra Costa All-Star Classic and chosen as head coach of the 2000 Solano County Shriners game. Coach Kessler teaches Health Enhancement classes at Glacier High School and has three children; Kendall, Jarrett, and Brooke. 2021 will be his 7th season with the Wolfpack and after spending his first four with the offensive line, Mark coached wide receivers in 2919 and will again work with tight ends this season.
Dustin Haines enters his season coaching with the Wolfpack after spending the previous 4 years with Coach Scott Frost with stops at UCF and Nebraska. Haines helped Nebraska rank 25th nationally in total offense in 2018 while working specifically with the Tight End position group. Previously, he was an offensive graduate assistant at UCF in 2016 and 2017 working with the offensive line while obtaining his Masters Degree in Career and Technical Education. The Knights boasted the nation’s most improved offense in 2017 when UCF led the nation in scoring and ranked fifth in total offense. Haines played collegiately at Oregon from 2009 to 2013, where he was primarily a quarterback but also saw time at running back and wide receiver. A walk-on who earned a scholarship, Haines was a two-year captain at Oregon while Frost was a Duck assistant. Haines graduated from Oregon with a Bachelors Degree in General Science and General Social Science applied in economics and business from Oregon in 2014. He played in the Czech Republic Football League in the spring of 2015. Originally growing up in Bigfork, Coach Haines is excited to be back in the Flathead Valley giving back to the community that helped raise him. He coached running backs in 2020 and moves to quarterbacks for the 2021 season.
Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line
The 2021 season will be Coach Rigler's 11th season as the varsity defensive line coach at Glacier High School and his third season as the defensive coordinator. Coach Rigler spent a great deal of his childhood in the Flathead Valley before moving to Nebraska. There he graduated from Hastings High School. During his time as a Tiger at Hastings High, Coach Rigler earned All-State 1st team Honors in football and placed second in state for both wrestling and discus in track. Coach Rigler graduated as the valedictorian of his class. Coach Rigler’s academic success earned him the opportunity to attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League Institution. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Coach Rigler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with a finance concentration. Coach Rigler was a three-year starter on the offensive line for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers. During Coach Rigler's junior and senior year at the University of Pennsylvania, the Quakers’ offensive line finished in the top 3 of the nation for the least amount of sacks allowed in a season. Also while at Penn, Coach Rigler competed throwing discus on the track team for 3 years. During and after college Coach Rigler worked for several investment firms: Delaware Investments in Philadelphia, PA, Weiss Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund in New York City, and The Bank of Ireland in Stamford, CT. In 2009, Coach Rigler jumped at an opportunity to move back to the Flathead Valley and start his own business with Edward Jones, helping individual investors reach their financial goals. He currently helps clients in the Flathead Valley as well as all over the country plan, protect, and invest for their financial future. In 2010, Coach Rigler was the head coach of the 5th grade Bigfork, Lakeside, Somers little guy football team. The following year Coach Rigler was privileged to take on coaching the defensive line at Glacier. Coach Rigler is married to his high school sweetheart, Linden and they have two sons, Colt and Jace and one daughter Faith. Linden is a Speech Language Pathologist with a private practice.
Safeties, Special Teams and DFO
Jareth graduated from Flathead High School in 2006 where he played for Coach Bennett his junior and senior seasons. Jareth received all-conference honors and was elected team captain his senior season. He also competed in track in which he received both all-conference and all-state honors. Following high school, Jareth continued his football career at Montana Tech in beautiful Butte, Montana. He was a three year starter at wide receiver for the Orediggers and also contributed as a kick and punt returner. He received a bachelor’s degree from Montana Tech in Business & Information Technology and his teaching certification from the University of Montana-Western. Jareth began his teaching career in 2012 at GHS in the business department. He taught various business classes until the Fall of 2020 when he was hired as the Glacier High Libraries AV Media Specialist. He is married to Kate Wilson who teaches 2nd Grade at West Valley School. Jareth and Kate have one son, Ketcher who can normally be found running around at Wolfpack practices and one daughter, Renley, who is never far behind. Jareth is entering his 11th year coaching for the Wolfpack. He spent his first year on the offensive side of the ball helping with wide receivers as well as coordinating the JV offense. He moved to the secondary in 2012 where he coached the safeties and was also very involved with the WolfPack special teams. He moved back to the offensive side of the ball in 2016 to coach the wide receivers. This year Jareth will again be focusing on Safeties as well as Special Teams and directing all football operations.
Coach Records is from Spokane, Washington where he grew up playing football. He graduated from Mt. Spokane High School where he was a 3 year varsity starter and All Greater Spokane League Offensive Tackle as a senior. After he graduated college from Central Washington University, he moved to Walla Walla, Washington where he taught high school math and coached varsity defensive line and was a sub-varsity defensive coordinator for 6 years. He also coached track and field for more than 10 years specializing in shot put and javelin. Coach Records moved to Kalispell in 2015 with his wife, Liz. He teaches 8th grade math at Kalispell Middle School. After three seasons as the Wolfpack sub-varsity defensive coordinator, Jerry moved to become the varsity linebacker coach for the Pack in 2019.
Corners and Special Teams
Matt graduated from Helena High in 2009 where he played high school football for Tony Arntson and was a team captain. He was a 2x all-state honorable mention quarterback for Helena High. He also wrestled and was a 3rd place finisher his senior year. After high school, Matt signed a scholarship to play defensive back for the Carroll College Fighting Saints. He was coached and mentored by the legendary Mike Van Diest. While at Carroll, Matt was a part of 4 Frontier Conference championships (’09, ’10, ’11, ’13), 4 national semi-finals (’09, ’10, ’11, ’13), 1 national runner-up (’11), and was a member of the 2010 National Championship team. He was elected team captain for the Saints. While at Carroll Matt studied Math for Secondary Education and began his teaching career at Polson High. After Polson, Matt moved to Kalispell and took a job teaching and coaching at Flathead High School. He was the defensive coordinator for 4 years and head coach for 2. Matt joins the Wolfpack staff for the 2021 season and will coach cornerbacks and help with special teams. Matt is married to his wife Jenna and they have 2 children, daughter Nora and son Jay.
Defensive Data Analytics and Quality Control
Kramer Wilson is a 2009 Glacier High School graduate making him the first ever alumni to coach for the WolfPack. At GHS, Coach Wilson played cornerback and served as a team captain for the first 2 football seasons in school history. He also played basketball and ran track for the Pack. Coach Wilson continued his football career at Montana Tech where he played corner for 2 years before transferring to the University of Montana to obtain his English degree. In 2013, Coach "Kwils" student taught and coached at GHS before taking a long-term substitute position at Kalispell Middle School. He is now a media specialist at KMS. He moved to the varsity level in 2015 and focuses on corners. In 2014, Coach Wilson married his beautiful wife Ally who is a nurse at KRMC and they have one daughter Ryan and new twins.......
Sub Varsity Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs
Coach Turner graduated from Missoula Big Sky High School in 1993. He was a 3 year letter winner in football playing RB, DB and special teams. His senior year he was named all-state running back and punt returner along with being an all-conference safety. He finished his senior season with 13 school football records. While at Big Sky he was also a 4 year letter winner in track as a sprinter, placing at state all 4 years as a member of the relay teams and then in individual events his junior and senior year. Coach Turner went on to play running back for the Montana Tech Orediggers where he was honorable mention all-american his senior year. Coach Turner and his wife Susie have three boys, Drew, Dusty and Jake. Drew is a senior running back and Dusty a sophomore wide receiver and safety for the WolfPack. After volunteering at the freshman level in 2014, Coach Turner moved to the sub varsity level to coordinate the offense in 2015 and continues in that role.
Sub Varsity Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line
Coach “Stitch” McDowell graduated from Whitefish High School in 2008. During his playing time for the Bulldogs, he received all-state honors at Center and played in the East/West Shrine game at that position. He also participated in wrestling and track for the Dogs. He continued playing football at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. For the Bluehawks he played offensive line and long snapped. After graduating with an Exercise Science and Biology degree he moved to Denver, Co but eventually made his way back to the Flathead in 2016. Before joining the Wolfpack in 2018 he was a volunteer at the youth level. He currently owns an embroidery shop in Whitefish resulting in his very fitting nickname. After assisting Coach Rigler with the defensive line his first two seasons, Kevin will become the sub-varsity defensive coordinator this season.
Offensive Line Assistant
Josh Hausmann graduated from Great Falls High School in 1995. A three sport athlete in high school, Josh received a scholarship to play football at Montana State where he earned a degree in business. Josh earned all conference honors three times and was a captain his senior year. Josh and his wife Jenn have two boys, Tyler and Alex. Tyler is a safety for the Wolfpack and Alex is an incoming freshman WR and DB. Josh is the manager at Consolidated Electrical Distributors. This fall will be Josh’s 3rd year as a volunteer assistant working with the offensive line.
Freshman Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks, Running Backs and Linebackers
Coach Pelc is originally from Helena, MT where he was a three sport varsity athlete at Helena High School playing football, basketball and track and field. He was a three year starter on the offensive line, which led to a career at the University of Montana. Coach Pelc was a 4 year letterman for the Grizzlies playing offensive line from 1999-2002. He was the starting center for the 2001 National Championship team. Coach Pelc and his wife, Kelli live in Kalispell with their two boys, Cooper and Jackson.
Freshman Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs and Wide Recievers
Jesse Johnson is from Bismarck, ND where he graduated from Century High School in 2004. During his high school career he was a three-sport athlete in football, wrestling and track and field. Jesse earned 1st Team All State honors as a senior offensive lineman and 1st Team All-Conference defensive lineman. Jesse went on to play defensive line for the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND for two years. Jesse continued his education at the University of Hawai’i Hilo and Minnesota State University Moorhead where he graduated with a BS in K-12 Physical Education, K-12 Adapted Physical Education and a Minor in Coaching in 2009. Coach Johnson began his coaching career in Western Minnesota with freshman football and has since held positions as a junior varsity defensive coordinator and junior high defensive coordinator in both ID and WY. This season marks Coach Johnson’s 7th season coaching football at the high school and junior high levels. Jesse is not new to the WolfPack tradition as he assisted with the men and women’s track and field teams from 2014-2017. Jesse is currently obtaining his Masters of Leadership in Physical Education and Sport from NDSU in Fargo. Jesse married his best friend in 2018, Brianna Perry from Great Falls, MT. Brianna also coached jumps for the WolfPack from 2014-2016 and currently is a Veterinarian Technician at Alpine Animal Hospital in Whitefish. Jesse is currently the K-5 Physical Education Teacher at Russell Elementary School in Kalispell.
Freshman Offensive and Defensive Lines
Coach Roe grew up in Havre, Montana in a family of five and attended Havre High School, where he was a standout lineman on both offense and defense. His sophomore year he earned Honorable Mention All-Conference at left tackle. In his Junior year, he earned Second Team All-Conference at right tackle. As a senior, he was a captain and an All-State selection for both the O and D lines and helped lead the Class A Blue Ponies to a state runner-up finish. He attended college at the University of Mary, where he played football for four years, three as a starter at left guard on the offensive line. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Behavioral Science with a minor in History. He then came home and attended MSU-Northern, where he coached the o-line for two years and earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree with an emphasis in Social Science broad field. After graduating with his teaching degree, he began to teach at St. Jude Thaddeus School and coached the o-line for three years for the Havre Blue Ponies, going to the playoffs each year. He moved with his wife of eleven years to the Flathead Valley in 2012. They have three children, 8-year-old twin daughters, and a 3-year-old daughter. Coach Roe taught at Glacier High for two years and coached for three years. In his first stint with the Wolfpack (2012-2014). He was the assistant o-line coach for one year before taking over the varsity o-line position in 2013. The o-line was a well-developed, fundamentally sound, cohesive group. In his two years at the helm, the Wolfpack had their first two 1,000 yard rushers in school history, and went to the state championship game both seasons, winning it all in 2014. After earning his Masters in Counseling, he, unfortunately, had to leave the program in 2015 after accepting the position of school counselor at Bigfork High School where he was for three years. He took a two-year break from coaching before coaching for a year as a "jack of all trades" coach with the Bigfork Vikings, making it to the first round of the playoffs. He is currently a Mental Health Counseling intern at Oxytocin Clinic and is working on his LCPC. This will be his fourth year coaching the Wolfpack freshmen O and D linemen, and he looks forward to developing great young talent for their high school careers.