BOZEMAN — Montana State has selected a seven-person committee to lead the search for the university’s next head men’s basketball coach.
It was announced last Sunday that the contract of coach Brian Fish would not be renewed. Fish spent five seasons with the Bobcats, posting a .414 overall winning percentage (65-92) and a .457 mark (42-50) in regular-season Big Sky Conference games. He was 1-4 in the postseason.
According to an athletic department press release, screening for potential candidates to replace Fish began Friday.
The release said MSU’s search committee will be chaired by associate athletic director Casey Fox and also includes associate AD Camie Bechtold, current Bobcats guard Harald Frey, faculty athletics representative George Haynes, vice president for administration and finance Terry Leist, alumni relations advisory board member and Sixth Man Club member Rainey Peuse, and advisor and ex-MSU coach Stu Starner.
“After a thorough review of the men’s basketball program, I met with (Fish) and informed him of my decision not to renew his contract,” Montana State athletic director Leon Costello said in a press release last Sunday. “I also thanked Brian for his years of service to Montana State University.
“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.”
MSU has indicated that it expects to hire a new head coach “in the next few weeks.”