MISSOULA — Missoula Big Sky's boys' basketball coach Bryan Ferriter has been relieved of his coaching duties.
The Eagles had a record of 0-21 last season under Ferriter. Ferriter was hired before the 2012 season to replace Ty Solberg.
"It was a privilege to serve as Head Basketball Coach at Big Sky for the past six years and to coach those individuals who chose to stay within the Big Sky Boundary," Ferriter wrote in an emailed statement to the Missoulian. "Three of those years we qualified for the state tournament and we had several athletes distinguish themselves with all-state or all-conference honors. Most if not all of those athletes’ where multi-sport kids who unselfishly helped their teammates and coaches make a commitment to a cause bigger than themselves.
"This past year we did not win a game but our team never quit and we were competitive to the last second on the clock of each and every game. Any teams fortunes will ebb and flow: case in point the current state Champions CMR Rustlers did not qualify for the state tournament the past three years (for two of those years Big Sky was in attendance).
"Just like our team played, I did not quit. But rather management chose to go in a different direction. I would like to personally thank the 33 former Big Sky basketball players (including a few I had cut) who wrote to management in support of my coaching practices and team leadership.
"The cupboard isn’t bare and I believe the future is bright for Big Sky basketball."
Ferriter's head coaching record in his six seasons at Big Sky was 41-90. The Eagles made it to the state tournament in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
"We are very appreciative of the time and effort Bryan Ferriter has devoted during his tenure as Head Boys' Basketball Coach at Big Sky," said Hatton Littman, Missoula County Public Schools' communications director, in an emailed statement to 406mtsports.com.
Ferriter also teaches science classes, primarily biology, at Big Sky. According to Littman's statement, Ferriter will continue teaching.
The Eagles hired Ferriter's replacement as well, Littman added. Cory Sova has been hired to take the reins at Big Sky for the 2018-19 season. Sova is graduate of Montana State Billings and has coached boys' and girls' basketball, as well as football and track and field.
Sova's bio is already on Big Sky's website. According to that bio, Sova has coached 362 varsity basketball wins.