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Binford inks new four-year contract with Montana State

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MONTANA STATE SPORTS INFORMATION

April 8, 2021 – BOZEMAN, Mont. – Montana State basketball coach Tricia Binford has signed a new four-year contract to remain at the helm of the Bobcat program through the 2024-25 season, announced MSU Director of Athletics Leon Costello on Thursday morning.
 
“I am excited to continue the continuity within our women’s basketball program with head coach Tricia Binford,” Costello said. “She continues to set the standard by fielding championship caliber teams on the court and in the classroom.  We are fortunate she is a Bobcat and I look forward to supporting her and the entire women’s basketball program.”
 
Since the 2007-08 campaign, Binford has not had a losing season. In the last five years, she has averaged 19.8 victories, including the school’s best-ever win/loss record of 25-6 set during the 2019-20 campaign. Binford also led MSU to back-to-back 20-win campaigns in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Binford and the Bobcats navigated the COVID-19 pandemic going 17-7 overall and 13-3 in Big Sky play with one of the youngest teams in the nation. Her 2019-20 squad advanced to the Big Sky championship game, before having the tournament shutdown due to the onset of the coronavirus. Led by five seniors, MSU went 19-1 in league play- the best mark ever recorded by a Big Sky women’s team. The Bobcats won the regular-season title by a dominating four games.

Binford’s 2017 Bobcats won the Big Sky tournament for the first time since 1993 and played in the NCAA First Round at Washington. Her 2016 team advanced to the WNIT where they faced Utah. Both squads won regular-season Big Sky titles.

Montana State 17th-year head women’s basketball coach Tricia Binford/ by Brooks Nuanez

“Coaching is about relationships, mentoring, building champions, and helping student-athletes succeed in life,” Binford said. “The culture we have established at Montana State is truly something special. I’m blessed and grateful for the support and opportunity entrusted to me by the incredible leadership of President Cruzado, who has had an inspirational influence on our program, and from (Director of Athletics) Leon Costello, who brings high energy to our department every day. We are going to continue to pursue excellence both on and off the court and take this program to new heights.”
 
Binford recently completed her 16th season in Bozeman and is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in Montana State history with 270 victories. She is also only 14 wins away from overtaking legendary Brick Breeden (283) for the top spot in both men’s and women’s history. Binford is currently the longest tenured coach in the 11-member Big Sky Conference where she has registered 170 wins. She owns the most victories in league games among active coaches and ranks third all-time behind Montana’s Robin Selvig (359) and Weber State’s Carla Taylor (180).

Binford is also the first to acknowledge the holistic approach to the Bobcats’ successes.

“I get to work alongside the very best staff on a daily basis,” Binford added. “They challenge me to be better. And, finally, to all the players that I’ve been privileged to coach, you truly inspire me every day with your work ethic and commitment to the program. We still have a lot to accomplish, and I am as motivated today as the first day I took the job.”
 
All-Time Winningest Coaches in Big Sky Conference Games

1).             Robin Selvig, Montana (38)                                          359

2).             Carla Taylor, Weber State (23)                                    180

3).             Tricia Binford, Montana State (16)                           170

4).             Wendy Schuller, Eastern Washington (20)                166

5).             Seton Sobolewski, Idaho State (13)                           143

 
All-Time Winningest Coaches at Montana State University

1).           Brick Breeden, 1935-54                                                  283

2).           Tricia Binford, 2005—                                                    270

3).           Mick Durham, 1990-06                                                   246

4).           G. Ott Romney, 1922-28                                                145

5).           Schubert Dyche, 1928-35                                               110

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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