Mike Petrino to serve as interim coach of Lady Griz

Mike Petrino to serve as interim coach of Lady Griz

MISSOULA — University of Montana Director of Athletics Kent Haslam announced today that Mike Petrino will serve as the interim head coach for the Lady Griz women’s basketball program. Petrino will direct the program through the 2020-21 season.

Current assistant coaches Jordan Sullivan, Nate Covill and Jace Henderson also will return. The athletic department will conduct a national search for a permanent head coach next spring.

The announcement comes a little more than two weeks after Haslam notified Shannon (Cate) Schweyen that her contract would not be renewed after four seasons. As a player, assistant and head coach, Schweyen was part of the Lady Griz program for 32 years.

“I have great confidence in Mike and the assistant coaching staff,” Haslam said. “Mike is deeply committed to our student-athletes, the Lady Griz basketball program and our network of boosters and fans across Montana.

“I know he will work tirelessly for our student-athletes and their success both on and off the court.”

Petrino, who was born in Glasgow and raised in Kalispell, has more than two decades of coaching experience, from high school freshmen to the University of Colorado of the Pac-12. He has served as an assistant coach at Montana since August 2016.

“I sincerely appreciate the years of service and dedication Shannon Schweyen has given to the Lady Griz program as a player and a coach. She is without a doubt the greatest women’s basketball player in the history of Montana,” Haslam said. “We have a wonderful tradition in women’s basketball at the University of Montana, and I am committed to continuing that for our players and fans moving forward.”

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