HELENA — Montana Grizzly coaches and administrators continue making rounds across the Treasure State this spring, with the Grizzly Scholarship Association tour making its annual stop in Helena on Thursday.
Dozens of boosters, fans and former coaches and athletes gathered at Bill Roberts Municipal Golf Course Thursday morning. It’s the 11th stop on the tour, which began in Bigfork in early May and wraps up next weekend in Missoula. One of the biggest draws this spring is football coach Bobby Hauck’s return to the Griz, and he says the enthusiasm and energy of this spring tour is even bigger and better than his first go-round.
“Yeah, if not surpassing it,” Hauck said of his expectations during the spring tour. “People have been great. Everybody is fired up, it generates enthusiasm in our coaching staff so they can see how it is in Montana, how passionate people are. I think all good the last few weeks.”
“Everybody is really fired up, obviously, with Bobby coming back. That’s led to great attendance this year on the tour,” said UM women’s basketball coach Shannon Schweyen. “Men’s basketball came off a phenomenal year, we have a lot of Montana kids on our (women’s basketball) roster, as do a lot of our programs. It seems like everywhere we go there are some great fans following.”
The GSA stop in Helena also included a banquet dinner at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall. The spring tour continues Friday in Butte for another golf scramble. The Grizzly Scholarship Association makes its final spring stops in Hamilton and Missoula on June 6 and 8, respectively.