AJ Wilson, Defensive Line
AJ Wilson is a Helena, Mont. native and a 2012 graduate of Helena Capital High School.
The 2016 campaign will be the first for Wilson on the Bulldog coaching staff, he will coach the defensive line and assist in day-to-day operations and the strength and conditioning program.
He joins the staff after an illustrious playing career in Montana Western black and red; he was named an AFCA NAIA All-American his senior season as well as being named first-team all-Frontier conference and the Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Wilson totaled a team-high 73 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and most impressive, three defensive touchdowns. He was also named the Frontier Conference Player of the Week two times last year.
Before his senior season, Wilson was named a second team all-Frontier conference performer and a preseason NAIA All-American. Wilson finished his career with 233 total tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks and five interceptions.
Not only successful on the playing field, Wilson was a three-time academic all-conference selection, two-time NAIA-Daktronics Scholar Athlete and inducted into the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society.
Wilson will graduate in the Spring of 2016 with a degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education.
Dane Vanderpan, Defensive Backs
Dane Vanderpan is from Bismark, N.D. and a 2008 graduate of Century High School.
The 2016 season marks Vanderpan's first at Montana Western where he will coach the defensive backs and assist in the day-to-day operations of Bulldog football.
Vanderpan comes to Montana Western after playing for four-years on special teams and as a safety at NCAA DII Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. A high school standout and a team captain, Vanderpan was an all-state selection, he played in the Montana-North Dakota Badlands Bowl and the North Dakota East-West Shrine Game.
Vanderpan graduated with a degree in general studies from Northern State.
He is the son of Doug and Laurie Vanderpan, has two sisters (Mindy and Molly) and one brother (Kevin).
Chase Colvin, Wide Receivers
Chase Colvin is a native of Big Pine, Calif. and a 2007 graduate of Big Pine High School.
In his first season on the Bulldog coaching staff, Colvin will coach wide receivers and assist in recruiting and day-to-day operations of the football program.
Colvin played wide receiver at NAIA-member Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa from 2007-2011, where he had a very successful career. Colvin was a three-time GPAC all-conference performer and was named first team all-conference his senior season. During his career, Colvin racked up 182 receptions for 2,198 yards and 16 touchdowns, including career-highs his final season of 69 catches, 810 yards and six touchdowns.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports management in 2011 and a master's degree in health care administration in 2014 from Briar Cliff. While completing his master's degree, Colvin served as a graduate assistant with the Charger football team for two seasons.
Ryan Nourse, Head Coach
Ryan Nourse returns to the helm of Bulldog football after serving as the University of Montana Western Athletic Director from (2013-2016). Before accepting the role as AD, Nourse was the head football coach from the Spring of 2011 through the Spring of 2013, where he led the team for two regular seasons.
On top of serving as the head coach, Nourse will be the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and coach the kickers and punters. He will oversee all assistants and monitor recruiting, academics, camps, travel and strength and conditioning.
In his first stint as the head man for Montana Western, he took over a 1-10 team that has suffered seven double-digit defeats, and led them to a 2-9 overall record and a 2-8 record in the Frontier Conference in his first season, that included a 55-16 beating of rival Montana Tech. The Bulldogs had five Frontier all-conference selections, including three first team selections. During the first year, Nourse also had 25 players named academic all-conference and two academic All-Americans.
Year two saw another doubled win total as the Bulldogs finished with a 4-6 record, featuring two games that were one possession losess. Again Montana Western had five players named to the Frontier all-conference team, including three underclassmen. Academically, the Bulldogs continued to make strides under Nourse as they placed 23 student-athletes on the academic all-conference team and had two academic All-Americans.
During Nourse's three-year tenure as the Athletic Director, Montana Western added cross country and cheerleading as varsity sports. He has also been credited with growing athletic fundraising efforts including installing a corporate sponsorship program and signiificantly increasing revenue from the Bulldog Booster Bash, the Athletic Departments major fundraising event.
Nourse earned a Bachelor of Science in history and political science education from Western Montana College (now the University of Montana Western) in 1997 and a Master of Arts in professional education from Morningside College in 2007.
Before returning to his alma matter, Nourse served as the offensive coordinator at Morningside College in 2010-2011, his second stint at Morningside, where he also coached the quarterbacks and was the recruiting and camp coordinators. The offense ranked in the top-25 in total offense and scoring offense with Nourse at the helm.
From 2008-2010, Nourse was the defensive coordinator at Truman State University in Missouri and served as the linebackers coach and the academic coordinator.
Nourse was at Morningside College from 2001-2008 where he spent his last six seasons (2003-2008) as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. During this stretch, he served as the strength and conditioning coordinator, recruiting coordinator and special teams coach. From 2004-2007 Nourse helped Morningside compile a 38-10 overall record and only allow 12 points per game on defense. The team also qualified for the NAIA National Playoffs every season, including quarterfinals appearances from 2005 to 2007 and three consecutive top-8 finishes in the NAIA rankings.
In 2007, Nourse was named the American Football Coaches' Association Assistant Coach of the Year for his dedication to Mustang football and outstanding performances from his units.
In 2000-2001 Nourse coached defensive backs at Western State College in Colorado. Prior to Western State, he served as the head football coach at Salmon High School for three seasons.
As a student-athlete at the University of Montana Western, Nourse was on the 1993 and 1994 Frontier Conference championship teams as a wide receiver. In 1994, he helped lead his team to the NAIA National Semi-Finals. His 1994 team in now in the Montana Western athletics hall of fame for their accomplishments.
A Libby, Mont. native, Nourse graduated from Libby High School in 1990.
He is married to Tracy Nourse and they have two children; Olivia (13) and Eli (11).
Phil Selin, Defensive Line
Phil Selin is from Great Falls, Montana where he graduated from C.M. Russell High School in 2011.
Selin had a very successful playing career for the Bulldogs of Montana Western, he was a four-year starter from 2011-2015. Selin was a two-time Frontier Conference first team all-conference selection in 2014 and 2015, where he led the Frontier Conference in sacks both seasons, a USA College Football All-American in 2015, and the 2015 Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year. Selin recorded 143 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, and 27.5 sacks in his career.
2015 is Selin's first on the coaching staff at Montana Western where he coaches the defensive line.
Selin is currently finishing a degree in Health and Human Performance at Montana Western.
Torrey Vezina, Running Backs
Torrey Vezina is from Dillon, Montana and a 2010 graduate of Beaverhead County High School.
Vezina was a four-year letterwinner for the Montana Western Bulldog football team, 2010-2013, where he played defensive back. During his playing career, Vezina recorded 40 tackles and one interception and earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete awards in 2012 and 2013.
2015 is Vezina's second season the Bulldog football staff.
Vezina will graduate in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Secondary Education and History.
Casey Lamping, Wide Receivers
Casey Lamping is from Helena, Montana where he graduated from Helena Capital High School in 2009.
Lamping played wide receiver for the Bulldogs from 2011-2013, before injuries cut his career short, Lamping had 30 receptions gaining more than 500 yards and hauling in four touchdowns, in only eight games as a Bulldog.
2015 is the second on staff for Lamping, as he coached defensive backs in 2014, and coaches the wide receivers in 2015.
Lamping will graduate in the fall of 2015 with a degree in Secondary Education and History.
Kasey Griffith, Defensive Backs
Kasey Griffith is from Emmett, Idaho and is a 2009 graduate of Emmett High School.
Griffith had a successful career playing middle linebacker for the Bulldogs from 2010-2015. During his time on the field Griffith was twice named to the Frontier all-conference team, second team in 2011 and first team in 2013. Griffith was also named the teams defensive MVP in 2011 and 2013 and garnered pre-season All-American honors in 2012. In his senior season, Griffith ranked fourth in the nation in tackles per game.
The 2015 season is the second on staff for Griffith, where he will coach the defensive backs, he was an assistant linebackers coach in 2014.
Griffith graduated from Montana Western in 2013 with a degree in Biology and a preprofessional Health minor.