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Leading candidates confirmed for Lady Griz head coaching opening

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The first national search since 1978 to find a new women’s basketball coach at the University of Montana is nearing its completion. Skyline Sports confirmed that four finalists are on the UM campus this week doing in-person interviews for the opening to lead the Lady Griz.

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 the national search.

The last time Montana conducted a national search, former Griz men’s basketball standout Robin Selvig earned the position over Tara VanDerveer, who recently led Stanford to its third NCAA national championship in her 35th season at the helm for the Cardinal.

During his 38 seasons guiding UM, Selvig was peerless as well, 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

Skyline Sports has confirmed the following four candidates as the finalists for Montana’s head coaching opening. Sources for confirmation come from sources in direct contact with the candidates.

The first national search since 1978 to find a new women’s
basketball coach at the University of Montana is nearing its completion. Skyline
Sports
confirmed that four finalists are on the UM campus this week
doing in-person interviews for the opening to lead the Lady Griz.

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 the national search.

The last time Montana conducted a national search, former Griz men’s basketball standout Robin Selvig earned the position over Tara VanDerveer, who recently led Stanford to its third NCAA national championship in her 35th season at the helm for the Cardinal.

During his 38 seasons guiding UM, Selvig was peerless as
well, 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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