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Montana State identifies candidates for basketball coaching vacancy

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Montana State began the search for its next head men’s basketball coach less than a week after the completion of the 2019 Big Sky Tournament in Boise, Idaho.

On March 17, MSU athletic director Leon Costello announced Brian Fish would not have his contract renewed after five seasons at the helm. During those five seasons, Fish went 65-92, including 42-50 in Big Sky Conference play.

“After a thorough review of the men’s basketball program, I met with Brian and informed him of my decision not to renew his contract; I also thanked Brian for his years of service to Montana State University,” Costello said in a statement issued by the school.

“This type of decision is always hard and one I do not take lightly. We are grateful to Brian for his dedication to Montana State University and the men’s basketball program. We wish Brian the best in his future endeavors.”

Montana State junior point guard Harald Frey and former head coach Brian Fish/by Brooks Nuanez

Through an MSU spokesman, Costello declined further comment until he hires his next head coach. On March 22, Montana State released its seven-member selection committee.

  • Camie Bechtold, Senior Associate Athletic Director – Administration
  • Casey Fox, Senior Associate Athletic Director – External Relations (Chair)
  • Harald Frey, Men’s Basketball – Student-Athlete
  • George Haynes, Montana State University – Extension Specialist Agriculture & Economics/Faculty Athletics Representative
  • Terry Leist, Montana State University – Vice President, Administration & Finance
  • Rainey Peuse, QA Engineer Oracle/Alumni Relations Advisory Board Member/6th Man Club Member
  • Stu Starner, Advisor to Search Committee – Former Montana State Men’s Basketball Coach/6th Man Club Member

Montana State began the search for its next head men’s basketball coach less than a week after the completion of the 2019 Big Sky Tournament in Boise, Idaho.

On March 17, MSU athletic director Leon Costello announced Brian Fish would not have his contract renewed after five seasons at the helm. During those five seasons, Fish went 65-92, including 42-50 in Big Sky Conference play.

“After a thorough review of the men’s basketball program, I met with Brian and informed him of my decision not to renew his contract; I also thanked Brian for his years of service to Montana State University,” Costello said in a statement issued by the school.

“This type of decision is always hard and one I do not take lightly. We are grateful to Brian for his dedication to Montana State University and the men’s basketball program. We wish Brian the best in his future endeavors.”

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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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