Coaching Search

Candidates emerge for Lady Griz head coaching job

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Less than a week after one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball tournament, Montana athletic director Kent Haslam officially opened a national search for the Lady Griz head coaching job.

Haslam and a search committee of eight people will conduct the first national search for the position since 1978. That year, former director of basketball operations and head men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery hired Robin Selvig. The former Griz standout led the Lady Griz for 38 seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament 21 times and winning a total of 865 games.

“Our intention since last spring has been to conduct a national search for the next Lady Griz head coach when the current season concluded,” Haslam said in a UM press release.

“I appreciate the search committee helping vet candidates and find the very best leader of this storied program.”

Lady GrizSearch Committee
Mike FrellickCommunity and Hoop Club member
Jean GeeSenior associate AD, senior women’s administrator
Dan IngramAssociate AD for development
Melanie Meuchelhead softball coach
Charlie PalmerUM professor and faculty athletic rep
Krista Redpathformer Lady Griz/ ESPN women’s basketball analyst
Sheila StearnsFormer UM president & commissioner of higher education
Jen Zelmer Cuaresmaathletic academic advisor

Here are the candidates Skyline Sports has confirmed have interested and direct contact with Montana about its open women’s basketball position. Every candidate has been confirmed for having interest in the opening through sources directly in contact with each coach.

Less than a week after one of the biggest upsets in the
history of the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball tournament, Montana
athletic director Kent Haslam officially opened a national search for the Lady
Griz head coaching job.

Haslam and a search committee of eight people will conduct
the first national search for the position since 1978. That year, former
director of basketball operations and head men’s basketball coach Mike
Montgomery hired Robin Selvig. The former Griz standout led the Lady Griz for
38 seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament 21 times and winning a total of
865 games.

“Our intention since last spring has been to conduct a
national search for the next Lady Griz head coach when the current season
concluded,” Haslam said in a UM press release.

“I appreciate the search committee helping vet candidates and find the very best leader of this storied program.”

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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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