An official announcement has been made that will surprise absolutely no one who follows Montana Lady Griz basketball.

Shannon Schweyen, a Kodak All-American as a player for the Lady Griz and an assistant under Selvig the last 24 years, has been hired as the new women’s basketball coach at Montana.

The best player in Big Sky Conference women’s basketball history has been chosen to take over the league’s flagship program. Coach Schweyen went through a series of interviews last week, was offered and accepted the job on Saturday, and on Monday signed a three-year contract that runs through June 30, 2019, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

It marks the first time since June 1978, when Robin Selvig was hired away from Plentywood High School at the age of 25, that Montana has needed to find a new women’s basketball coach. Coach Selvig announced his retirement last month, after an 865-win career.

As the flagship radio stations for University of Montana Lady Griz basketball broadcasts, we here at Townsquare Media/Missoula wish Shannon all the best! We look forward to working with her more closely and being her loudest fans!    DB