After eight years of winning titles and capturing the league’s highest ever attendance, Montgomery will retire from football in 2018, according to a tweet from the head coach.
A statement from the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday said the team is “very pleased to welcome Monty to the team in his new role as a coach.”
Montgomery, who spent two years as the team’s head coach in 2013 and 2014, had an illustrious career that spanned four seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Missouri and two years at Alabama.
He helped lead the Crimson Tide to the national championship game in each of his first two seasons, and his team reached the NCAA title game in his final season in St. Peters, where he coached from 2007-2011.
“My goal as coach of the St Louis Rams was to produce players that would make a positive difference in their communities,” Montgomery said in a statement on Tuesday.
“I would like to thank the many fans, media members, media friends and everyone who has supported me over the years.
The football team and the entire St. Martin’s community will be forever grateful for the support that has come from all of you.”
The Rams had their bye week before the regular season and Monty’s announcement comes as they face a two-game losing streak.
In their last five games, they’ve dropped eight of their last 10.
Montgomery said in his statement that he will “remain in close contact with the team,” adding that he hopes the Rams can build on this season and become a contender.
“I’m looking forward to coaching the Rams and continuing to build a winning program for our fans,” he said.
“The fans deserve to see our young men compete every day and I look forward to building on this historic season.”
Monty is the fourth coach in the history of the Rams to leave the team.
The first two were Brian Polian and Bill Callahan.