Tech won’t bring back men’s basketball coach

Montana Tech men's basketball coach Patrick O'Herron is shown in this Jan. 21 ButteSports photo.

Montana Tech head men’s basketball coach Patrick O’Herron will not be returning for the 2016-17 school year.

The Orediggers released a short statement regarding the head coaching position this evening. It reads as follows.

“Montana Tech announced the University is making a change to their head men’s basketball coach position. Current head coach Patrick O’Herron’s contract will not be renewed for next year,” the release said. “Montana Tech will start the search for a new head basketball coach in the coming weeks. More information will be released when it is available.”

O’Herron will leave the school after compiling a 36-50 record in three years as a head coach. His teams went 14-34 in Frontier Conference play. Tech’s men missed the Frontier playoffs this year, finishing last in the seven-team league at 3-15 (8-22 overall).

O’Herron moved his family to the Mining City from Southern California to coach the Butte Daredevils of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).

His coaching career started with the ABA’s So Cal Legends. Prior to leaving Southern California, O’Herron coached in the USBL, CBA and LNBP in Mexico. In addition to coaching, O’Herron has worked as a scout, consultant and player development coordinator for development leagues in the United States and for the Samsung Thunder in South Korea.

After the Daredevils folded, O’Herron joined the Orediggers as an assistant. O’Herron served as associate head coach under head coach Aaron Woliczko. O’Herron took over as head coach when Woliczko resigned to move home to California following the 2012-13 school year.

As a player, O’Herron played basketball in Southern California for Simi Valley High School before moving on to Moorpark Community College. He finished his playing career at California State University at Northridge.

O’Herron and Montana Tech Athletic Director Chuck Morrell did not immediately return messages seeking comment for this story. 1 comment

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  • John Amtmann
    February 29, 2016, 9:55 pm

    I am deeply saddened by this news. I have a great deal of respect for Coach O’Herron; he brough a level of professionalism to the HPER that I will miss; his positive attitude was infectious. Damn, he’s a good man and I’m gonna miss him.


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