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Mick Durham set for Tuesday interview on MSU Billings campus

Posted at 5:14 PM, Mar 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:59:23-04

BILLINGS – The MSU Billings athletic department confirmed Sunday what Montana Sports reported earlier this week – Montana State’s second winningest men’s basketball coach is a candidate for the Jackets vacant men’s head coach position.

MSUB’s Athletic Director Krista Montague released this statement:

“Mick Durham is a candidate for the head men’s basketball coaching position and will be on campus at MSUB for a search committee interview on Tuesday, March 27. The search committee is still in the process of reviewing applications, and we will announce any other on-campus interviews as they are scheduled.”

“Signing Day is April 13, so, ideally, we’d like to have a coach in place by then,” Montague said. “But it depends on schedules, so there’s no guarantee.”

Durham, a former MSU Bobcats player, spent 16 years as head coach in Bozeman, posting a 246-213 record before stepping down in March of 2006.

He is currently the head coach at Alaska Fairbanks, where he’s spent the past seven seasons. Two years ago, UA-Fairbanks won the conference tournament championship for the first time in program history. This year’s Nanooks finished 11-15.

Former Montana State player and Great Falls native Bobby Howard just finished his fourth season as Durham’s assistant coach.

Durham’s teams in Bozeman produced three 20-win campaigns and won two Big Sky Conference titles. MSU reached the NCAA Tournament in 1996 before falling to Syracuse in the opening round. Durham’s 2001-02 team played in the NIT.

The Three Forks native earned a trio of Big Sky Coach-of-the-Year awards, including after the 2004-05 season, in which the Bobcats were picked to finish last but tied for second.

MSUB is replacing Jamie Stevens, who stepped down earlier this month after seven seasons with the Yellowjackets.