Coach Jesse Montalto will enter his third season as the Head Coach of the Iowa Central Community College Tritons. In his first two seasons Montalto has helped bring the Triton Football program back to national prominence. In his first season at the helm, the Tritons had the biggest turnaround in the NJCAA winning eight games and finishing #13 in the final NJCAA rankings. The 2018 season concluded with a Graphic Edge Bowl Win and 18 players moving on to the Division 1 level and 25+ moving on to play at the D2/NAIA level. In 2019 the Tritons regained the Kinney Cup with a 28-26 victory over Iowa Western. Montalto and the Tritons were also able to capture the Region XI title, Graphic Edge Bowl win, and finished the season ranked #18 in the NJCAA. Montalto was awarded ICCAC Coach of the Year along with his standout QB Demarcus Irons earning ICCAC Offensive Player of the Year. The 2019 Triton football team also finished with six All- Americans.
Montalto spent the previous four seasons as the Head Coach at Ellsworth Community College. During his tenure at ECC, he helped the Panthers win four consecutive Graphic Edge Bowl games while knocking off at least two ranked opponents in each season. In 2015, Montalto helped lead the Panthers offense to a top-10 ranking while putting up over 5,000 yards. In his four years at ECC he coached eight All-Americans, over 30 Division I signees, and over 30 Division 2/NAIA signees.
Before entering the Junior College ranks he spent 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 before signing with the Carolina Panthers. 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 where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. 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 two children, Addison (11) and Brady (5).
2014-2017: Ellsworth Community College Head Coach
2009-2013: Upper Iowa University Quarterbacks Coach
2007-2008: Upper Iowa University Offensive Coordinator
2005-2006: Upper Iowa University Wide Receivers Coach