ALL-TIME leading scorer and rebounder returned to his alma mater
as head men’s basketball coach. Larry Krystkowiak,
known to fans simply as “Krysko,” and former teammate
and assistant coach Wayne Tinkle measure up to be two of
the tallest college basketball coaches around, at 6' 9" and
6' 10." Krysko was head coach of the Continental Basketball
Association’s Idaho Stampede last year, after assistant jobs
at Montana and Old Dominion. As the 28th draft pick in 1987, Krysko
played 10 years in the NBA.
MOST SUCCESSFUL head
football coach in UM history returned to campus after an eight-year
absence, this time to lead the athletic department. Don Read,
who led the Montana Grizzlies to their first-ever I-AA national
championship in 1995, was named athletic director. President
George Dennison coaxed Read out of retirement to oversee all
Grizzly sports. Read coached the Grizzlies during 1986-96, amassing
a career record of 85-36 and a Big Sky Conference mark of 54-22.
up all over town as the Grizzly Scholarship Association launched
Grizzly Prowl, an effort to raise money for UM student-athletes.
Artists — including two UM students — painted
the life-size, Fiberglas bears that were auctioned off to local
THE THIRD year
running, beloved Grizzly mascot Monte has been named to the 12-member
Capital One All-America Mascot Team. Monte became the first Capital
One National Mascot of the Year in January 2003. Also, Barry
Anderson, the man who played the bear for three years, turned
pro with the NBA’s Chicago
Bulls. Now he is that team's first full-time mascot, charged
with making Benny the Bull act more like Monte the bear.
HEAD BASKETBALL coach
Robin Selvig joined an elite club in March when he reached
600 career wins faster than all but five coaches in NCAA Division
I history. The 26-year veteran of UM athletics finished the regular
season with a record of 600-172. Only 12 active Division I women’s
basketball coaches have reached 600 career wins, and only 57
coaches in NCAA history have made the mark.