Doug Schleeman enters his 20th year on the Oredigger coaching staff and was appointed Assistant Head Coach after being named the NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year following the 2010 campaign.
Schleeman played collegiately at Peru State College in Nebraska, where he was a four-year letterman and an All-Conference performer at center. He helped lead his team to the school's first-ever playoff appearance in his senior season. Following his playing career, Schleeman assisted in coaching Peru's offensive line before making his first move to Montana. From 1990-1992, he was the head coach at Shields Valley High School in Clyde Park, MT. In his three years at the helm, the Rebels made two State playoff appearances, and Schleeman served on the Class C All-Star game coaching staff both years.
Following his tenure at Shields, Schleeman returned to the college ranks and to his home state of Nebraska as an assistant at Chadron State College for two years, where he earned his Master's degree in secondary education. He then took over as head coach at Kemmerer High School in Kemmerer, WY, where he coached until 1996 when he joined the staff at Tech.
Coach Schleeman is a native of Culbertson, NE, and resides in Butte with his wife, Tara - who is part of the Occupational Safety and Health faculty - and their three children: Kenna, Kade, and Koda. Doug also has two older children; Nicole and Drew.
Travis Dean will be the offensive coordinator as well as the running backs coach. Dean played quarterback for Samson when he was the Offensive Coordinator at MSU-Northern. Dean was part of back-to-back state championships at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., and was the quarterback for MSU-Northern's explosive offense that ranked in the top of the NAIA in Total Yards and Completion Percentage.
Dean started his coaching career as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for Mark Samson at Havre High School in 2015 where he coached the Gatorade Player of the Year Dane Warp. After Havre High, Dean was the Quarterbacks and Running Backs Coach at Flathead High School under Kyle Samson. The Braves boasted the top offense in the AA and made it to the State Championship game in 2018. Dean coached current Oredigger running back Blake Counts when he set the Montana high school single season rushing record as a senior.
Travis and his wife Tricia join the Oredigger family with their two-year old son Bentley.
Khalin Anderson, who will coach the defensive backs, has spent the last six seasons coaching football for Sentinel High School in Missoula. From 2014-2019 he was the Defensive Backs Coach and spent the last two seasons as Defensive Coordinator. The Spartans reached the AA playoffs multiple times and made it the state semi-finals twice. He also spent the last six seasons as the horizontal jumps coach for Spartans Track and Field team. Sentinel won two girls state titles and one boy's state championship, along with multiple individual state champions during Anderson's time.
Anderson spent the 2009-2013 football seasons at his alma mater MSU-Northern coaching defensive backs and assisting with the strength program. Before he became a coach, Anderson played cornerback for the Lights from 2005-2009. He received three all-conference awards and one All-American honor. Khalin played and coached alongside Samson at MSU-Northern.
Khalin and his wife Anni join the Oredigger family with their one-year old daughter Everly.
Dan Thatcher returns to his hometown to coach the offensive line after spending eight years on the football staff at Bozeman High School. Thatcher was an all-conference selection on the offensive line for Butte Central High School as a junior and all-state as a senior. Thatcher was selected to play in both the Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl and the Montana East-West Shrine Game.
Thatcher has spent the last four years as the Offensive Line Coach for the Bozeman Hawks working under Coach Levi Wesche. Over the past four seasons, the Bozeman High offense ranked in the top-five in scoring and total offense three times and made the playoffs each year. The Hawks won the 2019 Montana AA State Championship this past fall after averaging 235 rushing yards per game and 6.4 yards per carry.
Cy Steele joins the staff fulltime after serving as a student assistant since January of 2018. Steele will serve as the Strength and Conditioning Coach and assist with linebackers. Steele played linebacker for the Orediggers in 2017 after transferring from the University of Montana. In high school, Steele was a first team all-state linebacker for Missoula Sentinel.
"We will work extremely hard to continue the success of our program on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. A common theme for all these coaches is loyalty and the ability to be great teachers of this game. Myself and my wife Brooke would like to personally welcome our new coaches and their families to Butte and can't wait to get work with them every day."