Thomas Chameraud begins his second year as the graduate assistant for the men’s soccer program after serving as the assistant coach in 2013. Chameraud, who is an MSUB graduate and men’s soccer alumnus, will begin his second year and final semester earning his master’s degree in public relations.
Chameraud earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from MSUB, after completing a bachelor’s in sports commerce in France.
During his senior year as a Yellowjacket, he recorded one of the best individual seasons in the program's history. His 11 assists and 21 total points rank first and eighth in their single season respective categories. Chameraud finished his career with 18 career assists, which ranks No. 2 all-time in MSUB men’s soccer history. In 2012 he earned first team all-GNAC and Daktronics all-West Region honors, second team NSCAA all-West Region honors, and all-academic GNAC honors.
In 2011 Chameraud started all 18 contests and recorded seven points on seven assists, which tied for fourth in the GNAC. He earned second team all-GNAC honors and Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 31- Nov. 6 with a game-winning assist against Rocky Mountain College.
Chameraud holds three MSUB and GNAC records – assists in one game (4), assists in one season (11), and assists per game (0.5, 18 assists in 36 games).
Prior to MSU Billings at ESC Chambery-Savoie, Chameraud helped his high school team to the 2006 French high school championship. He also earned two CFA2 Championships in 2007 and 2009.
Chameraud also holds a NSCAA Advanced Regional Coaching Diploma, and an USSF E License.
Chameraud and his wife Melissa were married in 2015 and currently reside in Billings.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
After completing his four-year career with the Yellowjackets in the fall of 2014, Kyle Emerick will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for MSUB’s men’s soccer program during the 2015 season. He completed his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance in the spring of 2015.
In his final collegiate season, Emerick earned honorable mention all-GNAC and played in 15 games starting 14 as a senior captain. He tallied five assists, which were the second most on the team, and played 944 minutes in his final collegiate season. Emerick attempted nine shots with four landing on target, and took 26 corner kicks, second most on the team.
In 2013, Emerick emerged as a leader and powerful offensive weapon during his third season in the program. He played in 18 matches, starting 11, scored two goals and notched three assists for a team third-best seven points. Emerick placed four of his 12 shots on target during his junior campaign. He scored the game-winning goal in a 4-0 victory over Saint Martin’s on Oct. 17 in Billings.
In his sophomore campaign, Emerick appeared in all 18 matches, making nine starts and registering 1,082 minutes. He tied for second on the team in goals scored and points, recording four goals and three assists for a total of 11 points. Emerick took 21 shots with 12 landing on goal (.571 SOG percentage), and scored one game-winning goal. He recorded three goals against University of Mary on Oct. 27, 2012.
In his true freshman year, Emerick contributed quality minutes for the team as he started 12 and appeared in all 18 games. He scored four goals, fourth best on the team, and dished out one assist. Emerick scored a total of nine points, took 12 total shots with seven on goal (.583), and had one game-winning goal.
During his prep career at Billings Senior High School, Emerick lettered for four years where he helped lead the team to a third place finish at state in 2010. He tallied 16 assists and seven goals in the midfield as a senior, and recorded 30 assists and nine goals in his high school career. Emerick earned all-state honors in 2009 and 2010 and was a team captain both years. He earned the Black Whistle Award for Sportsmanship in 2008, and earned Academic All-America honors in 2007 and 2010.
Guido Riffeser, a senior from Selva Val Gardena, Italy, will join the Montana State University Billings men’s soccer coaching staff after completing the fall season on the Yellowjackets’ roster.
Riffeser, a transfer from Nova Southeastern University this season, played in 11 matches in his final year as a midfielder.
Riffeser earned six starts throughout the fall season, and finished the year with one assist. He placed four of his eight shots on target, and also took seven corner kicks for the Yellowjackets. He saw the pitch for 569 minutes, averaging 51.7 per game.
Riffeser will join Balog, in his third season as head coach, and assistant coach Thomas Chameraud on the coaching staff for MSUB. Kyle Emerick, a 2014 MSUB graduate, will continue to serve in his capacity as volunteer assistant coach which he began prior to the 2015 fall season.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Nich Pertuit begins his second year as the head strength and conditioning coach. Previously, Pertuit served as an adjunct professor of health and human performance at MSUB and Rocky Mountain College in 2013-14.
He is also currently the director of sports performance for Granite Health and Fitness in Billings, and is the kicker for the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League. In his fourth season in the AFL, Pertuit currently leads all kickers in points, field goal percentage, extra-point percentage and overall rating, and has been invited to NFL camps.
Pertuit previously spent 2.5 years as an assistant professor of kinesiology in the University of Texas system. He has served as a strength and conditioning consultant for numerous NCAA Division I and II athletic programs, and has worked with athletes at all levels in many different parts of the United States.
Pertuit holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in health, exercise, and sport sciences from Texas Tech University. He also has a master’s degree in kinesiology, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as recognized by the NSCA.
Earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education at University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, Texas), Pertuit was also an all-American soccer player and three-year captain. He went on to play soccer at the semi-pro level after his undergraduate studies.
A native of Billings, Pertuit graduated from Billings Senior High School as valedictorian and a two-time all-state and state champion soccer player.
Pertuit is married to his wife Laura Hollister, also a Billings native.