With spring football practices getting underway today (Monday), there is a brand new face with a well-known last name patrolling the sidelines.

University of Montana head football coach Bobby Hauck has brought in another assistant with local connections and a lifetime of experience to his staff with the addition of Bryce Erickson, who will coach the Grizzlies' tight ends.

Erickson, the son of College Football Hall of Fame head coach Dennis Erickson, comes to Missoula after serving as the head coach at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene for the past three seasons and more than a decade in the college ranks prior to that.

Before he became a high school head coach, Erickson worked as the quarterbacks' coach at the University of Idaho, running backs coach at Arizona State, and offensive coordinator at New Mexico Highlands in a coaching career spanning 15 years.

Erickson replaces former UM tight ends coach Jace Schillinger, who recently accepted a new position in the private sector.

In Coach Hauck's words, "Bryce has been around the game of football for his entire life. He has coached at a variety of places and brings more great experience to our staff. We think he is a great fit with our players, coaches, and the University of Montana, and we want to welcome Bryce, Maria, and their family to the Griz football family."

Spring practice will culminate on April 10 with the annual Grizzly Scholarship Association Spring Game, set for 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton High School.  Out thanks to UM Sports Information Director Eric Taber for the update.