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Head coach Mike Larsen reflects on his journey, leading Montana Western’s men’s basketball program

Posted at 7:16 PM, Dec 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-28 22:57:53-05

DILLON – The Montana Western Bulldogs will get into the heart of their Frontier conference schedule when they get back from the Green and Gold Classic in Billings this weekend.

It will also be Mike Larsen’s first dose of major conference play in his first year as head coach. Larsen describes the upcoming experience as, “hard work finally paying off.” From spending years as an assistant coach, an associate head coach and even an interim head coach, Larsen is grateful to be in control and able to do things his way. He couldn’t be anymore happier, doing it for the Montana Western Bulldog program.

“You know, sometimes me and my wife sit at home and we talk about it,” Larsen said. “Over eight years of being an assistant coach, the associate head coach, and the interim head coach. And to finally have a team where everything they do is a reflection of me, and I love that, I love our team.”

“It’s almost an overwhelming feeling sometimes when you think what happened. How hard I’ve worked, and the millions of miles you’ve recruited, and you’ve got your name out and people have taken notice of that hard work. It really does give you the opportunity to look back and say, you know, all that work, that grind if you would, is working, and I tell these guys all the time it’s what you put into it is what you get out of it,” added Larsen who couldn’t help but smile the whole time he talked.