Griz Greats: The Coaching Tree

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Griz Greats: The Coaching Tree brought to you by Blackfoot Communications, Berkshire Hathaway, and Stockman's Bar is an interview series hosted by Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez from ESPN Missoula. University of Montana basketball has an illustrious reputation for producing some of the best college basketball coaches that the game has ever seen,

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Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez talk about what makes this podcast series special and give a few hints about what is to come from the Griz Greats: Coaching Tree Podcast brought to you by Blackfoot Communications. The first full episode will be released on Wednesday, January 15th with Jim Brandenburg, who coached the Grizzlies men's basketball team from 1976 to 1978 and was on legendary college men's basketball coach Jud Heathcote's staff prior to his departure for the University of Wyoming.

Jan 11

14 min

Jim Brandenburg was an assistant coach under Lou Rocheleau and Jud Heathcote at the University of Montana from 1970-1976 before taking over the head coaching job in Missoula. He stayed at the helm for two seasons before departing for the University of Wyoming in Laramie. ESPN Missoula's Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez talked with Coach Brandenburg about his basketball journey from his playing days at Colorado State to his final head coaching job at San Diego State University.

Jan 16

47 min

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez sat down with former Montana Grizzlies Eric Hays and Ben DeMers, who both played under Jud Heathcote and Jim Brandenburg at the University of Montana, to get a player's perspective on what it was like to play for both men.

Jan 18

51 min

Mike Montgomery was an assistant under Jim Brandenburg for two seasons before taking over as the head man in Missoula. Montgomery coached the Griz for eight seasons before leaving for Stanford University in the Pac-10 at the time. ESPN Missoula's Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez spoke with Montgomery about his time in Montana, what it's like to go to a Final Four, how Robin Selvig got hired, and more.

Jan 22

62 min

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez caught up with former Montana Grizzly Scott Zanon, who played basketball for the Grizzlies under Mike Montgomery and Stew Morrill.

Jan 25

22 min

Stew Morrill was an assistant under Mike Montgomery for eight seasons in Missoula before becoming the head coach after Montgomery left for Stanford. Morrill was the head coach for five seasons before departing for Fort Collins, CO and Colorado State University. ESPN Missoula's Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez spoke with Morrill about his time in Missoula, his own coaching tree, and how he became so successful at Utah State.

Jan 29

61 min

Ryan Tootell talks with Weber State head Randy Rahe to talk about his time as an assistant under former Montana head coach Stew Morrill.

Jan 31

22 min

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez talk with Boise State assistant coach Tim Duryea about his time as an assistant coach under Stew Morrill and what it was like to take over for him as the head coach at Utah State.

Feb 1

21 min

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez talk with former Idaho head coach Don Verlin about his time as an assistant coach under former Montana head coach Stew Morrill.

Feb 4

13 min

Blaine Taylor played his college basketball at the University of Montana and was an assistant under Stew Morrill for five seasons before becoming the head coach of the University of Montana men's basketball team. Taylor was the head coach for seven seasons before deciding he needed to change things up by taking a job as an assistant under Mike Montgomery at Stanford. ESPN Missoula's Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez spoke with Taylor about growing up in Montana and how that has guided the rest of his life.

Feb 5

62 min

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez sat down with Shawn Samuelson, who played for Blaine Taylor and with Travis DeCuire. Samuelson also has a son now playing under Travis DeCuire at the University of Montana.

Feb 8

16 min

Don Holst was a high school coach in the state of Montana before joining Stew Morrill's staff as an assistant at the University of Montana. He spent 11 seasons as an assistant under Morrill and Blaine Taylor before becoming the head coach at the University of Montana. His 2001-2002 Montana team won the Big Sky Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament, but he was not retained after that. ESPN Missoula's Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez spoke with Holst about his journey from the high school ranks to becoming the head man at the University of Montana and why he decided to stay in Missoula.

Feb 12

65 min

Pat Kennedy was the head basketball coach at the University of Montana for two seasons after he had been the head coach at Iona, Florida State, and DePaul. He is an interesting figure in the University of Montana men's basketball coaching lineage because he did not descend from Jud Heathcote or anyone else that had been the head coach at the University of Montana before. When he left Missoula, he became the head coach at Towson University for seven seasons. ESPN Missoula's Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez talked with Kennedy about what he learned from the legendary Jim Valvano, his days in the ACC, what it was like recruiting Vince Carter, and how he ended up in Missoula.

Feb 19

72 min

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez caught up with former Montana Grizzly David Bell, who played under Don Holst and Pat Kennedy.

Feb 22

16 min

Larry Krystkowiak returned to Missoula to become the head coach of the Montana Grizzlies after playing a dozen years of professional basketball and stints as an assistant coach under Don Holst and Blaine Taylor. As the head coach of the Montana Grizzlies, he led back-to-back NCAA Tournament teams, and he is the last Big Sky Conference head coach to win a game in the NCAA Tournament when the Grizzlies knocked off #5 seed Nevada in the first round before he left to become an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez talked to him about his playing days in Missoula, what it was like to knock elbows with Shaq, and how he decided to enter the coaching profession.

Feb 26

63 min

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez sat down with Andrew Strait and Jordan Hasquet, who both played for Larry Krystkowiak and Wayne Tinkle at the University of Montana, to get a player's perspective on what it was like to play for both men.

Feb 29

42 min

Wayne Tinkle played for Mike Montgomery and Stew Morrill before embarking on a professional basketball career that spanned the globe, and he was an assistant coach under Don Holst, Pat Kennedy, and Larry Krystkowiak. In 2006, his patience was rewarded by being named the head coach of the University of Montana men's basketball team. ESPN Missoula's Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez spoke with Coach Tinkle about his playing days in Missoula, what it was like to travel the globe playing basketball, and what he learned before becoming the head coach of the Grizzlies.

Mar 4

66 min

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez caught up with former Montana big man Derek Selvig to talk about his experience playing for Wayne Tinkle, being a part of the Selvig family, and his entrance into the basketball coaching world.

Mar 10

14 min

Travis DeCuire played for the University of Montana under Blaine Taylor, and he was an assistant coach for Taylor at Old Dominion and Mike Montgomery at UC-Berkeley. He took the head coaching job in Missoula in 2014, and he has guided the Griz to back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids and is hungry for another at this week's Big Sky Conference tournament. ESPN Missoula's Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez spoke with DeCuire about what it means to be a point guard, his introduction to Montana basketball, and how he finally came back to Missoula to be the head coach.

Mar 11

71 min

Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez sat down with Martin Breunig and Bobby Moorehead, who both played for current University of Montana head men's basketball coach Travis Decuire, to learn about what it was like to play for Coach DeCuire.

Mar 11

26 min

Robin Selvig played for Jud Heathcote before becoming the women's head basketball coach at the University of Montana for more than three and a half decades. He won 20 conference coach of the year awards and never left his perch as the University of Montana head women's basketball coach. ESPN Missoula's Ryan Tootell and Colter Nuanez asked Selvig about his relationship with the men's program, how he was able to cultivate such success at the University of Montana for himself and the women's program, and what it was like coaching so many family members.

Mar 18

67 min

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