Pinkerton spent last Wednesday interviewing at Montana, and he was struck by the like identities of the two schools.

“There were striking similarities between the athletic departments,” Pinkerton said. “It’s the people who make an athletic department, and the impression I got at Montana is the same one I got at Iowa State, that they are both filled with good people.

“It’s those bonds that are created over the years that make it difficult to say goodbye at Iowa State, but they’ve all been positive goodbyes. I look forward to creating those same types of relationships at Montana.”