Montana names Kurt Paulson assistant hoops coach

MISSOULA (AP) — Former Carroll College basketball player and University of Montana graduate assistant Kurt Paulson has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach for the Grizzlies.

Paulson returns to UM after two years as athletic director and boys’ basketball coach at Bigfork High School.

Montana coach Wayne Tinkle says Paulson is familiar with Montana’s style of play and the kinds of players they want to recruit.

Paulson, a Whitefish native, played helped Carroll College to the 2005 NAIA semifinals and the 2006 quarterfinals. He was third in the nation in assists as a junio0r.

He was an assistant at Carroll from 2007-2009 and was a graduate assistant at UM from 2009-2011.

Paulson says it’s been his goal to be able to coach full time at the college level.

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