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Bobcats reel in Brian Fish as next MSU men's basketball coach

By Kane O'Neill, KTVM Sports, koneill@ktvm.com
Published On: Apr 01 2014 06:45:49 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 01 2014 06:47:09 PM MDT

Montana State Athletic Director Peter Fields officially announced this afternoon that former Oregon assistant Brian Fish has been named the new head coach for the MSU men's basketball team.

Fish landed at Bozeman International Airport this afternoon, greeted by Fields and other members of the Montana State Athletic Department. Fields addressed the media quickly before he and Fish headed to campus.

"There's a lot of things that impressed me about Coach Fish and we'll go through all that tomorrow," Fields said. "He's a terrific person and his resume and things were just really positive and looked like a really good fit for us."

Fields said there were 10 candidates that the university interviewed, but Field's says Fish's resume and body of work stood out.

Fish will become the 22nd MSU men's coach in school history. This will also be his first head coaching position, serving as an assistant from 2004-2010 at Creighton University before becoming as assistant at Oregon from 2010 until this year.

Fish is taking over for Brad Huse, who resigned last month after 8 seasons at the helm of the men's team. Huse compiled a record of 107-133 in his tenure at Montana State. This past season was the first time since he was named head coach that the Bobcats have missed the Big Sky tournament.

There will be a press conference open to the public at 2:30 in the Leigh Lounge Wednesday, where Fields will introduce Fish to the community.