- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Montana women’s basketball assistant Shannon Schweyen has been named the head coach of the Lady Griz basketball team that she played on and has helped coach for the past 24 seasons.

Athletic director Kent Haslam says Schweyen accepted the job offer on Saturday and signed a three-year contract Monday. She takes over the program that Robin Selvig coached to 865 wins over 38 seasons.

Schweyen, who played as Shannon Cate from 1988-1992, was a two-time Big Sky Conference MVP and was one of 10 players to earn Kodak All-America honors in 1992. She says Wednesday she feels fortunate to carry on the tradition Selvig established, including recruiting in-state players and focusing on defense.

Haslam says Schweyen wasn’t hired out of loyalty, but that she shared her vision for the program and earned the opportunity to coach the Lady Griz. Montana has two assistant coaching positions open.

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