Tech’s Sanon steps down

Tech’s Sanon steps down
Montana Tech’s bench erupts after a fourth quarter bucket by Brooke Heggie against Lewis-Clark State College Dec. 7, 2019 at the HPER Complex. Pictured are, from left, assistant coach Jenna Bolstad, Kaylee Zard, Hailey Crawford, Megan Delaney, Hope Lalau (standing), head coach Carly Sanon and Celestina Faletoi. (Butte Sports file photo)

Carly Sanon is resigning as head coach of the Montana Tech women’s basketball team, the school announced today in a statement

The announcement said she is leaving to take the position of Executive Director of the Tongue River Valley Community Center in Dayton/Ranchester, Wyoming.

“It has been an honor to be a part of Digger Nation and the wonderful community of Butte,” Sanon said. “The time has come for me to step away from the game I love, to pursue God’s next plan for me and my family. I got married here, bought two homes here, fostered and adopted kids here, Butte will forever hold a place in my heart.”

“I am so appreciative of the wonderful leadership of AD’s Matt Stepan and Chuck Morrell and chancellors Les Cook and Don Blackketter during my time at Tech. Thank you to my current players, assistant coaches, alumni, the Montana Tech community, and all the Digger fans for the most amazing eight years of my professional career.”

Sanon was hired as the head coach of the women’s basketball team in 2014 and led the team to a 95-138 overall record in eight seasons.

Sanon coached 18 all-conference selections and five NAIA All-American Honorable Mentions in her time.  She had four athletes reach the 1,000 Point Club while finishing their careers for the Orediggers. During her time, the Orediggers consistently led the Frontier Conference in Academic All-Conference and NAIA Daktronic Scholar Athlete honorees. In 2021, the Orediggers were in the Top 25 of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Team Honor Roll with a season GPA of 3.499.

Originally from Chester, Sanon was an assistant at NCAA Division II Central Washing University for three seasons and started her career in coaching at Carroll College for eight years. She graduated from Carroll with a degree in Health Education and was a starter for three seasons for the Saints.

Montana Tech Athletics will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.

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