By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Matt Higgins, who coached the men’s and women’s golf teams at Concordia-St. Paul, has been named the women’s golf coach at the University of Montana.

UM athletic director Kent Haslam made the announcement Wednesday.

Higgins takes over for Joni Stephens, who stepped down after two seasons.

Higgins started the women’s golf program at Concordia-St. Paul as a club team. They began competing in NCAA Division II in 2002. The men’s program began competition in 2004.

The Concordia women’s team advanced to the national championships in 2009 and 2011 and in three of the last seven years had the highest combined grade point average among NCAA Division II teams.

Higgins says Montana’s program is ready to take off and he wants to provide stability for the team. Before Stephens, the previous coach also stayed for two years.

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