By SCOTT PHELAN/Montana State News

Montana State University men’s basketball program has made its second big move this offseason with the recent hiring of Kenya Crandell.

“I’m very excited to get back on the floor and coach, which is what I love to do,” said Crandell in a Montana State University press release.

“Crandell’s coaching career began at his alma mater, Nebraska-Kearney, as a graduate assistant from 1997-2000,” according to the press release

Since then, Crandell has maintained a variety of coaching positions. Before his time at Oregon he spent four years (2008-2012) at Southern Utah, and the year before was at Sacramento State for a season.

Both Southern Utah and Sacramento State are in the Big Sky Conference; the same conference as the Bobcats, so Crandell should be comfortable making the transition.

Crandell is now the second coach to be hired since the recent resignation of Head Coach Brad Huse. Huse resigned after a 14-win and 17-loss season. Huse had an overall record with the Bobcats of 107 wins and 133 losses.

The Bobcats quickly replaced coach Huse with new head coach Brian Fish. Fish left his job as the Oregon men’s basketball assistant coach to accept the job.

Making his first big decision since landing the head-coaching job, Fish announced Friday the hiring of assistant Crandell.

“The main question I asked (the candidates for the assistant coach position) is what they could do to make the players better, whether it’s as students or as players. If I get the vibe that it’s about them, I’m not hiring that type of guy. It’s a players-first program,” said Fish.

Crandell and Fish worked together for the Oregon Basketball program. Fish was “confident in the type of coach Crandell is,” which helped guide the decision to hire Crandell.

Coach Fish still has three coaching positions to fill and expects to have hired his full staff within 10 days.

-Edited by Elizabeth Johnson

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