The Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears football team made it official in August: Coach Sam Mora has been promoted to the team’s quarterback coach. Hired in July of 2019, Mora has spent the past two seasons in various roles for the Battlin’ Bears, including offensive assistant in 2019 before being promoted to running back coach in 2020.
Prior to joining the Bears’ staff, Mora coached high school football for eight years as a quarterback coach and offensive coordinator with stops at Alameda High School in Alameda, California, Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland winning three conference titles his last three seasons back east and producing six all-conference passers. Mora also spent three years working for Whitfield Athletix, a private training firm in San Diego, California that worked with the likes of Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty, Logan Thomas, and Mike Evans in preparation for the NFL draft.
Mora replaces head football coach Chris Stutzriem as the team’s quarterback coach in an effort to revamp the Battlin’ Bears offense and mentor returning quarterback and former Montana Gatorade player of the year, Nate Dick.
“Coach Mora brings a certain calmness to the room, a different perspective, and a lot of experience as well,” said Dick in a phone interview about Mora taking over the room. Tasked with coaching fundamentals and techniques to the quarterbacks, Mora will also play a role in game planning and pass game coordinating alongside head coach Chris Stutzriem and receivers coach Teague Blome.
Along with coaching quarterbacks at Rocky Mountain College, Coach Mora has returned to the classroom to complete his bachelor’s degree in communication studies.
“Between occasionally having to take classes with the guys (players) and have seen a lot of life, Coach Mora brings a different perspective to coaching and the overall program. I don’t know when the guy finds time to do homework” said Coach Teague Blome when asked about Mora. English professor, Dr. Ashlynn Reynolds-Dyk stated that Coach Mora “is a perfectionist who the other students and I enjoy having in the classroom.”
A native of Oakland, California, Mora, a Puerto Rican American becomes the only Latino quarterback coach in the Frontier Conference.
“I am aware that I am the only Latino quarterback coach in the conference, probably the only minority QB coach in the conference,” said Mora. “I’m thankful for the opportunity but I understand that it’s a fairly meaningless stat if I don’t have any success,” expressed Mora in an interview.
Mora and the rest of the Battlin’ Bears football team are going up against Carol College on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 on Herb-Clint Field.