By JACQUELINE BLACKWOOD/Montana State News

Brian Fish has been hired as the new head coach of Montana State University men’s basketball program. Fish is leaving the University of Oregon after a 15-year long partnership with coach Dana Altman to become the 22nd head coach in Bobcat history.

The search for a new head coach began shortly after former head coach, Brad Huse, resigned from his position after eight seasons with the Bobcats. In regards to finding a replacement for head coach, MSU Director of Athletics Peter Fields said, “hiring the right person is the most important factor.”

Fish is expected to be that right person because of his experience both playing and coaching basketball. Fish played at Western Kentucky University from 1984-1986 and transferred to Marshall where he played from 1987-1989.

After earning a BA in sports management, Fish began working with Altman at Oregon, Creighton and Marshall. From this experience he “learned the business the right way, with integrity yet being able to win a lot of games,” Fish said.

Along with his coaching experience with Altman, Fish has worked under Billy Tubbs at Texas Christian University and Brad Holland at the University of San Diego.

Fields praised the new head coach by describing Fish as a “very loyal person, a very hard worker, he’s committed to helping student-athletes succeed and he’s a tremendous student of the game of basketball.”

Fields is not the only person expressing excitement towards the new hire. Terrell Brown, a current player on the MSU team said, “He [Fish] seems trust worthy, he’s a players coach. He has our best interest at heart, with a goal of winning and making us into better men.”

Having found a new head coach allows for opportunities for rebuilding and restructuring the men’s Bobcat Basketball program. “It’s a new beginning, a fresh start,” said Brown. “Having a new head coach gives us the chance of rebuilding our image.”

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