Former Men's Basketball Assistant Gets Montana State Promotion

06/16/2017 10:36

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.