The Lady Griz celebrate winning the Big Sky Championship

Lady Griz Draw Notre Dame in NCAA Tournament

The Montana women's basketball team received a No. 16 seed and will face No. 1 Notre Dame Friday, March 20, at South Bend, Indiana, in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball...

Griz player drives with basketball

Griz, Lady Griz Advance to Semifinals in Big Sky Tourneys

The Griz and Lady Griz basketball teams both advanced to the semifinals of the men’s and women’s Big Sky Conference tournaments at UM’s Dahlberg Arena. The Lady Griz will face Eastern Washington...

The Best of Benny the Bull

Benny the Bull, mascot of the Chicago Bulls, was named the top sports mascot in America by Forbes magazine in 2013....

UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

UM Adds Another Branch to Mighty Basketball Coaching Tree

Montana is home to 10 National Forests. The University of Montana has a coaching tree worthy of that. Travis DeCuire is its latest branch. "We are Montana," say the maroon banners around campus,...

Globetrotter Shane Scooter Christensen interacts with a young fan

Alumnus Scooter Christensen Finds Stardom with Globetrotters

Although he didn’t know it at the time, Shane “Scooter” Christensen spent most of his life practicing to be a Harlem Globetrotter. As a youngster, he was inseparable from his basketball and when...

Zack Wagenmann participates in media interview during the NFL Combine

Wagenmann Impresses in Explosion Drills at NFL Combine

Former Montana Grizzly Zack Wagenmann continued his push toward a career playing football with an appearance at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday. And oh what a showing it was. Wagenmann scored...

an illustration of UM's new golf facility at the Ranch Club

Griz Break Ground on Indoor Practice Facility for Golfers

When the recruiting trail Montana golf coach Joni Stephens follows takes her south, she is often met with a very specific question: What do we do in the winter? For years Montana's golf coaches...

Lady Griz player Shanae Gilham dribbles down the court during a game

Gilham's Trial: After Third ACL Surgery, Gilham Back with Lady Griz

As soon as Shanae Gilham hit the floor in Dahlberg Arena, she knew exactly what happened. She had torn her ACL for the third time. Although two years have passed, by the start of the 2014-2015...

football coach Bob Stitt

Griz Load Up on Local Talent, Receivers on Signing Day

Like everything else Bob Stitt does, his recruiting class of 2015 came together quickly and with plenty of excitement on the offensive end. The first-year Montana head coach announced his debut...

Kelsey Lucostic bats during Montana softball practice

Montana Softball: Griz Ready for Historic Program Opener

Very early on the morning of Jan. 31 the upstart Montana softball program released pictures through its Twitter account of its under-construction stadium. Beyond Montana's stadium, however, there...

UM volleyball players block during a game last season

UM Hires Doyon as New Volleyball Coach

The Montana Grizzlies have hired Brian Doyon as the newest head coach of the volleyball team, the athletic department announced Wednesday. Doyon will replace Jerry Wagner, who stepped down in...

Wide Receiver Ellis Henderson runs with the ball

Griz Wide Receiver Henderson Returns to UM After Illness

Coach Bob Stitt's offense just got another weapon, this time a proven one at the collegiate level. Wide receiver Ellis Henderson has re-enrolled at UM after withdrawing from classes last fall and...

UM student Derek Crittenden

Defensive End Crittenden Named to Academic All-Star Team

UM’s Derek Crittenden is one of 50 players who was recently named to the 17th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. A 6-3, 240-pound...

Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Washington-Grizzly Stadium Ranked Among Best in Nation

UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium was recently ranked No. 7 among best college football stadiums by Stadium Journey. “The official capacity now stands at 25,217, but crowds in excess of 26,000 are...

UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

New Griz Hoops Coach Travis DeCuire Leads by Example

New University of Montana head basketball coach Travis DeCuire wears a whistle around his neck during practice, but he doesn’t have to use it. Whether he’s demonstrating how to disrupt a ball...

Griz defensive end Zack Wagenmann plays in a 2014 game

Defensive End Wagenmann Named to AFCA All-America Team

UM’s record-setting defensive standout Zack Wagenmann has been named to the prestigious 2014 AFCA's Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team. A 6-3 ½, 255-pound senior defensive...

LeAnn Montes playing for the Lady Griz

Former Lady Griz Inducted Into Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame

UM Alumna LeAnn Montes was inducted into the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in December.  She was selected based upon her performance as a star high-school athlete, a four-year member of the...

Bob Stitt speaks at the podium during a press conference at UM

Montana Introduces Stitt as New Griz Football Coach

The best job in America. That's what Bob Stitt had to say about the Montana Grizzly football head coaching gig Friday morning when the university introduced the offensive innovator as its 36th...

Coach Bob Stitt roams the sidelines at the Colorado School of Mines.

Griz Hire Bob Stitt as Head Football Coach

Bob Stitt has been selected to serve as UM’s 36th head football coach. Stitt has been the head coach at the Colorado School of Mines the past 15 seasons, where he has compiled an overall record of...

Zack Wagenmann, BSC defensive player of the year

Wagenmann Named BSC Defensive Player of the Year

His name is Zack, as in "Sack," and Wagenmann, as in the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year. Wagenmann, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior defensive end out of Missoula Sentinel, led four...

Griz scoreboard operator Patrick Ryan

Grizzlies' Scoreboard Operator to Retire After 38 Years

He’s climbed these steps many times over the past 28 years, a stretch dating back to 1986 when Washington-Grizzly Stadium opened. But that wasn’t the beginning of Patrick Ryan’s job as the...

Montana Tradition: UM limited edition collection

UM Releases Retail Line with Throwback Colors

The classic copper, gold and silver colors are making a one-year comeback at the University of Montana. On Friday, Nov. 21, UM released a limited-edition retail line featuring its official school...

UM soccer coach Mark Plakorus

Plakorus Named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year

Mark Plakorus, who led Montana soccer to an unbeaten 8-0-2 league record this fall and the program's first outright conference championship since 2000, was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of...

Former Griz point guard Will Cherry

Former Griz Will Cherry Signs Deal with NBA’s Cavaliers

Will Cherry showed up at the office a little early Sunday for his first day of work on the new job. As he was lifting weights, he heard in a booming baratone, “WILL CHERRY.” It was LeBron James,...

locker rooms in the future Washington-Grizzly Champions Center

UM Receives $7 Million Donation for Athletic Champions Center

The Washington family, for whom Washington-Grizzly Stadium at UM is named, has once more stepped forward with a major gift to the UM Department of Athletics. The sons of Dennis and Phyllis...

Runner Makena Morley

Record-Breaking Runner Makena Morley Commits to Griz

Bigfork’s Makena Morley, perhaps the most decorated prep runner in state history, plans to keep her talents local next year. The high school senior from the Flathead Valley, Montana’s all-class...

UM soccer player Savannah Witt

Soccer Team off to Solid Start with Help from Newcomers

The Montana soccer team’s best start in a generation has been helped by a solid core of newcomers, including true freshmen Hallie Widner, who is the team’s leading scorer, and Allie Lucas....

UM softball player at bat

Building Montana’s Softball Program from the Ground Up

The Montana Grizzlies softball team is entirely new. From the bats and balls to the players and coaches, this season will be an exercise in the unfamiliar. It’s been two weeks since the team held...

Jim Palmer Trucking decks out semi for hauling UM's football equipment

Palmer Trucking and Grizzly Athletics Rolling Together

Grizzly football will soon be coming to a highway near you thanks to a new partnership with Jim Palmer Trucking of Missoula. The company will transport team equipment for six road games using a...

SID Dave Guffey with Griz football player

UM's Longtime Sports Information Director Dave Guffey to Retire

Over nearly four decades he's watched Montana transform from a basketball school to one crazy about football. He's witnessed the explosion of collegiate women's sports. And he's been courtside and...

UM campus

FindTheBest Ranks Montana as State with the Best Colleges

According to a “Smart Rating” developed by FindTheBest, Montana has the best overall colleges in the U.S. FindTheBest used a weighted average of rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Forbes,...

UM officials break ground on the new athletics academic center

$1 Million Gift Highlights Academic Center Groundbreaking

Ground was broken Wednesday on the University of Montana campus for a new athletics academic center, and the occasion doubled as an opportunity for Director of Athletics Kent Haslam to announce a...

UM officials, coaches, students break ground on new softball field

UM Breaks Ground on New South Campus Softball Stadium

When Jamie Pinkerton accepted the position as head coach of the University of Montana’s new women’s softball team he had no players, no roster and no u0niforms. His team had no bats, no helmets...

UM's Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Upgrades Improve Fan Experience at Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Washington-Grizzly Stadium has the reputation of producing the best fan experience in the Football Championship Subdivision, but reputations are like eggs: fragile, easy to break and very hard to...

UM students study in the library

Record Year for Fundraising Means More Scholarships for Students

UM received unprecedented private support in fiscal year 2014, with donations totaling $53.7 million. This is a $16.3 million increase over the previous record, set in 2008. In July 2013, the UM...

Student-athletes volunteer at community event

Student-Athletes Volunteer More Than 2,100 Hours to Community

Montana’s student-athletes spent more than 2,190 hours donating their time to community service events and projects during the 2013-14 academic year. How much is 2,194.5 hours, to be exact? If you...

UM Assistant Professor Ryan Mizner

Researcher’s Unweighting Device Lightens Load for Recovering Patients

Only a dozen men ever have experienced the one-sixth gravity of the moon as they walked across the lunar surface and into history. But for patients who find themselves in UM Assistant Professor...

UM alum Dave Dickenson

No. 1 Big Sky Men's Athlete: Montana’s Dave Dickenson

Great Falls sits right in the heart of Montana. The Missouri River snakes through one of the windiest cities in the United States. The Lewis and Clark Expedition had to portage around the area's...

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