MISSOULA -- University of Montana athletic director Kent Haslam announced on Monday that Mike Petrino will serve as the interim head coach for the Lady Griz women’s basketball program. Petrino will direct the program through the 2020-21 season.
Current assistant coaches Jordan Sullivan, Nate Covill and Jace Henderson also will return. The athletic department will conduct a national search for a permanent head coach next spring.
“I have great confidence in Mike and the assistant coaching staff,” Haslam said in a media release. “Mike is deeply committed to our student-athletes, the Lady Griz basketball program and our network of boosters and fans across Montana.
“I know he will work tirelessly for our student-athletes and their success both on and off the court.”
Petrino, who was born in Glasgow and raised in Kalispell, has more than two decades of coaching experience, from high school freshmen to the University of Colorado of the Pac-12 Conference. He has served as an assistant coach at Montana since August 2016.
Petrino, who hails from arguably the most famous football family to ever come from Montana, replaces Shannon Schweyen who led the Lady Griz for four years. Schweyen was told on April 1 that her contract with Montana would not be renewed.