"It's a great day to be a Bobcat!"
Those were the first words spoken by Montana State Athletic Director Peter Fields at Wednesday's press conference as the Bobcat's officially introduced Brian Fish as the next MSU men's head coach.
"I can’t explain to you how happy and excited I am to get this opportunity," said Fish. "This is going to be a players-first program. We will do the right things, play the right way. We'll treat others the right way, be held accountable and we will all be proud of being Bobcats.”
After a disappointing 2013 season that saw declining attendance numbers, Fish's biggest challenge may be to win back the fans. Fish got off to a great start as he got the crowd going as soon as he took the podium.
"Give me a second here, I got a big head so I got to fit this," Fish said as he adjusted his new Montana State hat to the laughter of the crowd. "Looks pretty good, feels good!"
This will be Brian's first head coaching position. Fish was an assistant most recently at Oregon, while previously working as an assistant at Creighton, the University of San Diego and TCU.
"We are gonna win," Fish said. "We are gonna get it done, but we're gonna get it done the right way. There's gonna be some ups and downs, but we're gonna figure out a way and we're gonna get it done."
Fish met with the team Tuesday night and the players say they are excited for a new chapter at Montana State.
"Well we're pretty excited about it," said MSU junior center Blake Brumwell. "I should say very excited about it. It's a fresh start for us. We've got to really turn the page after a rocky season last year. We're just excited to get this new start."
Now that the Bobcats have reeled in their man, they hope this Fish will be a prize winning catch for years to come.
"Just walking in the arena and looking around, we get that thing full and get it rocking, teams are gonna have a hard time winning here," Fish said. "And that's what we're gonna do."