UM’s Selvig Earns 19th Coach of the Year Award

By Beacon Staff

University of Montana women’s basketball coach Robin Selvig was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

Selvig has a career record of 798-254, a win total eclipsed by only five active NCAA Division I women’s basketball coaches. He has been named coach of the year 19 times in 35 seasons at UM.

For 31 of 32 seasons, from Selvig’s first year in 1978-79 through 2009-10, Montana finished no lower than third place in conference.

Montana was picked third in this year’s preseason coaches’ poll, but the Lady Griz went 16-4 in Big Sky games and won the regular-season title. It was Montana’s first regular-season championship since the 2008-09 season and gave the Lady Griz hosting rights to last week’s postseason tournament, also a first since 2008-09.

Selvig will be coaching his 20th NCAA tournament team Saturday when the No. 13 Lady Griz take on No. 4 Georgia in Spokane, Wash.