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Oregon coach Dana Altman to appear at Montana State fundraiser

July 1, 2016

BOZEMAN — Dana Altman, one of college basketball’s most successful coaches whose Oregon Ducks are positioned as one of the nation’s best teams entering 2016-17, will visit Great Falls for An Evening with Bobcat Basketball on August 4.

Altman reunites with former longtime assistant coach Brian Fish, Montana State’s third-year head coach, at The Do Bar from 6-9 p.m. The three-time Pac-12 coach of the year and Fish will interact with fans and entertain questions throughout the evening.

Altman’s 27-year journey as a Division I head men’s basketball coach has featured seven coach of the year awards in four conferences, nine post-season tournament titles and four league regular season titles, and nearly 600 wins. His 2015-16 Ducks finished 31-7 and advanced to within one contest of the Final Four.

Fish was an assistant under Altman at both Oregon and Creighton.

“You can’t control who gives you your first job,” said Bobcat men’s coach Brian Fish, who joined Altman’s first coaching staff as a graduate assistant just after finishing his own playing career with the Herd. “I was very fortunate that (he) gave me the opportunity. It’s been a great relationship.”

Tickets for the Great Falls event cost $50 each. The night will feature raffles and drawings ranging from MSU and Oregon gear and a custom-knitted Bobcat quilt to a trip to Portland for a Ducks game. For information, contact Jasmine Lipka in the Bobcat basketball office at 406-994-4442.