Former Men's Basketball Assistant Gets Montana State Promotion
Brian Fish fielded inquiries from all over the country for Montana State’s vacant assistant coaching position.
His eventual answer came from the office he shares a wall with in the school’s basketball offices.
MSU is promoting Luke Fennelly from director of basketball operations to assistant coach, multiple sources confirmed to the Chronicle.
An official announcement from the school is expected Friday.
The Whitefish native first came to MSU as a graduate assistant in 2013 under then-head coach Brad Huse, and was hired as director of basketball operations when Fish was named head coach in April 2014.
In Fish’s first three years at the helm, he has often lauded Fennelly’s attention to detail, work ethic and basketball acumen.
Fennelly is of course already familiar with Fish’s on-court systems, the roster and MSU’s recruiting footprint along with virtually every other detail about the program.
Prior to coming to Bozeman, Fennelly was an assistant coach at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. He graduated from the Unviersty of Oregon in 2012 with a degree in sports business and a minor in economics and then earned a master’s from MSU in health and human performance with an emphasis in coaching and sport science.
On staff, Fennelly joins second year assistant Eric Jackson and fifth-year assistant Chris Haslam, with whom he’s worked throughout his tenure in Bozeman.
“I need a guy that wants to work people out, a guy that’s ready to work and do some things,” Fish told the Chronicle recently. “Chris and Eric have some veteran leadership, and if a guy comes in and leans on them and learns, he can advance pretty quickly. I don’t expect that person to be able to get us a player maybe this September or October, but by next April to be fully up to speed (in recruiting).”
The search for Fennelly’s replacement in operations is expected to begin immediately.
Former Titan Malik Leaks
Catch Former Titan Malik Leaks tonight as Western Oregon plays in the second round of the Great Northwest Athletic Tournament vs. Alaska Anchorage. Game will be streamed live at 5:00 PM at: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/gnac/
Former Titan - Zach Kirschbaum Named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year
CHICAGO --- A Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball season filled with parity extended to the postseason awards, as well, when the league office announced its 2016-17 honor roll following the CCAC Tournament championship game Monday night.
Fourteen of the conference's 15 members gained at least one spot on the 20-member all-league team with regular-season co-champion and tournament winner Robert Morris University Illinois edging out the rest of the field with three selections. The Eagles were also the only team to have two players make the five-member first team with their third recipient being an honorable mention pick.
Trinity International University, the league's other regular-season co-champion, was the only program to have one player named to both the first and second teams. Olivet Nazarene University, Saint Xavier University and Purdue University Northwest also had a pair of all-conference selections with the former two having a first-team and honorable mention choice and the latter having a second-team and honorable mention pick.
The 20-member squad was broken down into a five-member first team, a five-member second team and a 10-member third team.
CCAC Player of the Year honors went to Trinity International senior Zach Kirschbaum (Las Vegas, Nev.), who was also the only repeat selection on the first team. The 6-10 forward led the league in both rebounding (11.2 boards per game) and blocked shots per contest (2.6) in 20 conference contests. He also was seventh in the league in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game.
Kirschbaum was a two-time conference Player of the Week pick, as well.
The other top individual award went to Olivet Nazarene's Nic Reed (New Albany, Ind.). A NAIA National Player of the Week on one occasion and a three-time league Player of the Week, Reed was recognized as the CCAC Freshman of the Year after leading the league in scoring, averaging 23.7 points per conference affair. The 6-5 forward also ranked sixth-best in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and was third in free throw shooting (.861).
As for top coaching honors, Robert Morris' Al Bruehl and Trinity International's Boomer Roberts were named CCAC Co-Coaches of the Year after leading their teams to a share of the regular-season conference crown, 18-2 league marks and NAIA Top 15 national rankings. Robert Morris currently sits at No. 7 in the nation with Trinity International at No. 11.
The final honor went to University of St. Francis, which was recognized as the CCAC Champions of Character Team.
For the complete list of award winners, go to Awards.
Johnson’s final three-pointer lifts Lane men
COOS BAY — Justin Johnson made a three pointer with 1.6 seconds left to lift Lane Community College to a 77-74 Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory against Southwestern Oregon on Wednesday.
Johnson finished with 27 points for the Titans (11-10, 3-6 NWAC), who snapped a five-game losing streak.
Johnson, a sophomore point guard, made 7 of 12 three-point attempts. Jacob Bigler also scored 13 for Lane. and Chase Iwate-Bartelme had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Lane men fall in shootout at Linn-Benton, 94-90
ALBANY — Jacob Bigler scored 26 points Wednesday, but Linn-Benton rallied in the second half for a 94-90 NWAC South Region men’s basketball win.
The Titans (10-8, 2-4) led 50-49 at halftime.
Andrew Smith tallied 14 points for Lane, Ahmad Jones had 12 points, Darell McCall pumped in 11 points and Chase Iwate-Barteme added 10.
For Linn-Benton (9-9, 3-4), Brodie Marchant had 19 points and Jesse Marchant added 16.
Lane basketball splits with Portland
The Lane women’s basketball team routed visiting Portland 87-48, and the Titan men lost 89-81 to the Panthers.
Sierra Carrier came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 16 rebounds to lead Lane (15-3, 4-1) to the Northwest Athletic Conference win over the Panthers (3-9, 1-1).
Jacob Bigler scored 18 and Chase Iwate-Bartelme added 15 points for Lane (10-7, 2-3 NWAC) in its loss.
Clackamas routs Lane men
Visiting Clackamas shot nearly 50 percent from the field on the way to a 98-64 rout of Lane in a Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game on Saturday.
The Cougars (8-7, 1-2 NWAC) also outrebounded the Titans (9-5, 1-1 NWAC) 57-41.
Isaiah Visoria came off the bench to lead Lane with 13 points.
Lane men hold on for fifth straight win
Jacob Bigler scored 23 points, and Lane Community College, which saw its 22-point lead widdled down to one late the game, held on to defeat visiting Southwest Oregon 98-94 in a Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game on Wednesday.
Justin Johnson also had 23 points and 10 assists for the Titans (9-4, 1-0 South Region), who won their fifth straight game.
Jaylin Robinson had 10 points and eight rebounds for Lane.