University of Montana women's basketball coach Robin Selvig has been named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year, the league office announced Thursday.

The award is based on voting by the Big Sky's coaches.

The coach of the year honor is Selvig's 19th in his 31 seasons with the Lady Griz.

Selvig, who has a career record of 725-203, won his first coach of the year award in 1981-82 when Montana was competing in the Northwest Women's Basketball League. He won five while the Lady Griz competed in the Mountain West Conference. This is his 13th Big Sky Coach of the Year award.

Under Selvig's leadership Montana went 26-4 through the regular season and won its 22nd regular-season conference championship with a 15-1 mark in the Big Sky Conference.

The Lady Griz matched their program record of 28 wins when they downed Idaho State and Portland State last weekend to win the Big Sky tournament and earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Lady Griz face Pittsburgh on Saturday in Seattle in the first round.

In November Selvig won his 700th career game with a 59-57 overtime victory over Illinois at the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.

By winning his 700th game in just 899 games coached, Selvig matched former Texas coach Jody Conradt as the fifth fastest coach in NCAA men's or women's Division I history to reach 700 victories.

The Lady Griz lost an early season Big Sky game at Portland State, 72-62, and haven't lost since, winning 11 straight.

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