Montana Tech announces addition of Derek Selvig

Montana Tech head men’s basketball coach Adam Hiatt added size to his staff. Former University of Montana big man Derek Selvig is the new Oredigger assistant coach.

The school officially announced the hiring Monday. It was reported by multiple media outlets last week.

“Derek is a great addition to our staff here at Montana Tech,” Hiatt said.

The 7-foot former Griz helped the team reach two NCAA Tournaments. He finished his career with 844 points and 560 rebounds. In addition to his size, he was a skilled outside shooter hitting 40 percent of his shot from beyond the arc.

Selvig played high school ball in Glendive, Montana where he was named Gatorade Player of the Year leading the Red Devils to a 44-4 record.

“First and foremost he is a winner, having won at every level throughout his playing career,” Hiatt said. “He brings immediate credibility to our current players, as well as future prospects, and will be a terrific asset when teaching, especially to our big men. He has a bright future as a coach and is a great fit for our basketball program, for Montana Tech, and for the Butte community.”

After the University of Montana, Selvig played overseas for two seasons in Gotha, Germany, with the BiG Oettinger Rockets. Returning to the states, he gained his first coaching experience serving as an assistant at Billings West for one year.

Basketball and coaching is part of the Selvig family tree. Both of his parents played for the Griz as well as his sister Carly. She was hired as an assistant at Montana Western last summer. Long-time University of Montana women’s head coach Robin Selvig is Derek’s uncle.

“I am extremely excited to join the Montana Tech family,” Selvig said. “I’d like to thank Coach Hiatt for believing in me and for giving me this opportunity to contribute to this program.  I’m excited to start working with the players and to help get Montana Tech back in contention. It’s a great day to be a Digger.”

 — Montana Tech

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