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After a year as Montana’s interim head track & field coach, Clint May had the temporary tag pulled from his title. He was recently offered the permanent head coaching position following a national search.
 
“I am excited for Clint to lead our track and field and cross country programs,” director of athletics Kent Haslam said. “I appreciate the hard work of Ryan Martin and the search committee for bringing excellent candidates to campus. Clint is an outstanding leader with deep ties to Montana and I know he will recruit outstanding student-athletes and build a successful program.”
 
May came to Missoula in August 2019, initially hired as the school’s head cross country coach. Shortly before his second season was set to begin, May added interim head track & field coach to his title, with the veteran coach now spearheading both programs.

During his first season overseeing the track & field program, May guided Montana through a challenging season brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus wiped out the team’s indoor season, before the athletes finally got to compete again, for the first time in more than a year, during a spring outdoor season.
 
Montana had two individual champions at the Big Sky Conference Championships meet last month, with seven athletes then qualifying for NCAA Regionals – the Grizzlies’ largest representation since 2017.
 
At the Big Sky Championships, Montana’s men placed sixth while the women finished seventh. Encouraging for the future, 22 of Montana’s 26 scorers that week are expected to return next season, with 14 of them being freshmen.
 
The talent returning is exciting to May, but so is the return to normalcy.
 
In some ways, COVID-19 was a blessing for a first-year coach. The slower pace allowed May to get his bearings, not having to worry about traveling for recruiting or cross-country and indoor track seasons. Perhaps biggest, it allowed him to get to know his student-athletes better, not just in his position group but across the board.
 
In other ways, it was his biggest challenge.
 
“It made it difficult to know what normal looked like,” May said. “We didn’t have a single recruit on campus for over a year. We were unsure when we were going to be able to compete, and what that would look like. We couldn’t meet as a full team for most of the year.”

 May tried to make the most of it, however, and now he gets the opportunity to continue building off the base that he has established.
 
“I really feel like having an interim year will benefit me for next year,” May said. “I experienced a lot and I learned a lot. I think I did a good job, but I can certainly see now, ‘OK, that’s what I want to do better moving forward.'”
 
May wants to see his team not only be top heavy but have all-around depth. Along with his assistants, he’d like to put a higher emphasis on recruiting. Now a year into the role, he’d like to see himself be more organized and delegate tasks better amongst his staff.
 
“If I had to give myself a grade, I think I did a good job last year,” May said, “but now I want to go from doing a good job to a great job.”
 
In addition to Montana’s athletic achievements, Montana also took care of business in the classroom, with all four of May’s teams (men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track & field, women’s track & field) recording at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average. This past semester, he had 89 athletes record a 3.0 or higher, with 47 earning a spot on the University’s Dean’s List.
 
“Without a doubt, I’m definitely excited,” May said. “I really feel like our program can take the next step and not just be a handful of athletes or a position group that is quality, but an entire team. There’s a lot of potential here.”
 
For more on May, click here for an August 2020 profile.
 
The Clint May File:
Hometown: Salmon, Idaho
Education: Montana State, health enhancement, 1995
Family: wife Mindy; sons Colter, Tate and Dylan; daughter Kensey
Career Highlights: first track & field coach in Southern Virginia University history… 18-time Montana Coach of the Year at high-school level, helping Bozeman to 18 of 20 possible state titles across men and women from 2006-15… Both men and women had top-20 national finishes in final season at Bozeman.


 
May tried to make the most of it, however, and now he gets the opportunity to continue building off the base that he has established.
 
“I really feel like having an interim year will benefit me for next year,” May said. “I experienced a lot and I learned a lot. I think I did a good job, but I can certainly see now, ‘OK, that’s what I want to do better moving forward.'”
 
May wants to see his team not only be top heavy but have all-around depth. Along with his assistants, he’d like to put a higher emphasis on recruiting. Now a year into the role, he’d like to see himself be more organized and delegate tasks better amongst his staff.
 
“If I had to give myself a grade, I think I did a good job last year,” May said, “but now I want to go from doing a good job to a great job.”
 
In addition to Montana’s athletic achievements, Montana also took care of business in the classroom, with all four of May’s teams (men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s track & field, women’s track & field) recording at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average. This past semester, he had 89 athletes record a 3.0 or higher, with 47 earning a spot on the University’s Dean’s List.
 
“Without a doubt, I’m definitely excited,” May said. “I really feel like our program can take the next step and not just be a handful of athletes or a position group that is quality, but an entire team. There’s a lot of potential here.”
 
For more on May, click here for an August 2020 profile.
 
The Clint May File:
Hometown: Salmon, Idaho
Education: Montana State, health enhancement, 1995
Family: wife Mindy; sons Colter, Tate and Dylan; daughter Kensey
Career Highlights: first track & field coach in Southern Virginia University history… 18-time Montana Coach of the Year at high-school level, helping Bozeman to 18 of 20 possible state titles across men and women from 2006-15… Both men and women had top-20 national finishes in final season at Bozeman.

  • Present – Montana track & field/cross country – head coach
  • 2019-20 – Montana cross country – head coach
  • 2016-19 – Southern Virginia University track & field/cross country – head coach
  • 2006-15 – Bozeman High School cross country – head coach
  • 1995-2005 – Bozeman High School cross country – volunteer/assistant coach

Running Highlights: two-year member of Montana State’s cross country program, helping the Bobcats win their first Big Sky Conference men’s cross country team championship in 1993… Ran at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, following a two-year church mission… Began his collegiate career at Boise State, running one season with the Broncos.

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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