Grizzly Roundball Roast to bring back the legends

The Montana Grizzly basketball program has a rich coaching history that has seen its former mentors go on to lead some of the best programs in the country, and former players move into the coaching ranks behind them.

This homecoming, Griz fans will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the legendary Griz coaching tree in the same place at the same time, as former Montana head coaches Mike Montgomery, Stew Morrill, Blaine Taylor, Don Holst, Larry Krystkowiak, and Wayne Tinkle return to Missoula for the first annual Roundball Roast.

These former Montana coaches, who have a combined total of 649 wins for the Griz, will gather at the Ranch Club on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. for a fundraiser diner and an old fashioned roast of current head coach Travis DeCuire. Lady Griz head coach Robin Selvig will also be in attendance, serving as the roast master.

“The biggest part of the roast is really to celebrate the tradition of Grizzly basketball, and an opportunity to bring back legendary coaches who have had success here,” said Coach DeCuire “Also to have a chance to thank them for their time spent here and to share a few laughs while we do it.”

Gathering these coaching legends is no small task. Considering that Larry Krystkowiak (Utah) and Wayne Tinkle (Oregon State) will both be preparing for seasons of their own, and the rest of the coaches are spread across the country, this gathering has taken on a monumental proportion.

“They’ll be in preseason workouts, and for some of them have recruiting weekends coming up and could potentially be on the road,” says DeCuire. “So for them to step away from their own program to come and help the Grizzlies out with a fundraiser, and be a part of a celebration is huge.”

Enjoying a good laugh at each other’s expense seems much easier with the familiarity level of this group, as many are Montana graduates who played for, and coached underneath previous Griz coaches.

“That’s kind of been the tradition of Montana basketball. Quite a few of us have moved on as coaches. As you look at myself, Wayne, Larry, or Blaine… we all played for one of the above. It’s great to see the success that each has had.”

The familiar setting for the Grizzly Roundball Roast will ensure that the roasting part of the evening’s festivities lives up to its name.

“I think that’s the way to attract the coaches back is for me to sit in the chair and take the beating. Something tells me they’ll turn on each other a bit But the laughs will be mutual.” Says DeCuire with a smile.

Tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime event can still be purchased. The title sponsor table for 10 people is available for $10,000 and includes a private pre-roast reception, first pick of a legendary Griz coach seated at your table, a dedicated mixologist, recognition in the event program, a two-year membership to the Grizzly Roundball Club, an all-access game day package for four to the Montana/Gonzaga game, and premiere seating at the roast.

The $5,000 table for 10 will get you into the pre-roast reception, a membership to the Roundball Club, a legendary coach at your table, and drinks for the evening.

Tables for eight are available for $2,500 and come with a celebrity guest at your table and drink tickets for eight. $1,000 tables for eight and $150 individual tickets are also available.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, contact the Basketball office at 243-5334 or assistant coach Jono Metzger-Jones at (408) 821-7623.

All proceeds from the event go to benefit the University of Montana Men’s basketball program.

— Montana Sports Information

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