Coach Jesse Montalto will enter his second season as the Head Coach of the Ellsworth Community College Panthers. Montalto has spent the previous nine seasons coaching at Division II Upper Iowa University. Montalto joined the UIU staff in 2005 to coach the Wide Receivers after finishing his playing career. During his two seasons coaching wide receivers, Coach Montalto worked with multiple All-Conference selections including Dwayne Croker. Croker led the Peacocks in 2006 with 1,023 yards and 66 receptions under the guidance of Montalto.
In 2007 Coach Montalto was promoted to Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach and helped lead an offense that averaged close to 400 yards per game and 28 points per contest. In two seasons as coordinator, Montalto helped TC Hicks become the all-time leading rusher in school history, which included a 1,370 yard effort in the 2007 season. Montalto also coached Jay Lehman, who finished his career as the 4th all-time leading passer at Upper Iowa.
In 2009 Montalto moved his focus back to coaching Quarterbacks, where he had the opportunity to coach multiple all-conference players including the 1st and 3rd career passing leaders in the Upper Iowa history books. Most recent quarterback Cole Jaeschke set one record after another. In three years as a starter under Montalto's tutelage, Jaeschke has thrown for 8,364 yards (led the league with 2,983 as a sophomore), 62 career TD passes, and 655 completions, which are all 1st in school history.
Montalto graduated from Upper Iowa in 2004 as one of the most prolific receivers in school history. In his four-year career at Upper Iowa (2001-04), Montalto finished with 178 receptions for 2,621 yards, the second-best career totals in school history. He also ended with 22 career touchdowns, third-best all-time at UIU. Montalto was a first team All-Independent Football Alliance wide receiver in 2004 after grabbing 59 receptions for 861 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Montalto and his wife, Marcie, have one daughter, Addison (5).