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Paulson named Griz assistant men's basketball coach

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A familiar face will be on the bench for the University of Montana men's basketball team next season as head coach Wayne Tinkle has named Kurt Paulson to replace Freddie Owens as an assistant coach.

Paulson was a graduate assistant coach at Montana from 2009 to 2011.  The Whitefish native played his college basketball at Carroll College where he led the Fighting Saints to a national semi-final appearance and was 3rd in the nation in total assists his junior year.  Paulson spent the last 2 years coaching the boys basketball team at Bigfork High School where he won 39 games and reached the class 'B' state semi-finals.   He says returning to the Griz program is a dream come true.

“Yeah it's been kind of a whirlwind and of course I'm really excited.  I've grown up in this state.  Coach Tinkle and I have known each other for a lot of years and he's become the best coach in the Big Sky, there is no doubt about that.  His goals now are just winning championships every year and getting to the NCAA tournament and trying to win games.  I'm just happy to be a part of that.  It's a dream come true for them I've got a lot of pride in that school and I just can't wait to get started."

Paulson replaces Freddie Owens who took an assistant coaching job with the Oregon State Beavers.


Story by Al Marks, Beartooth NBC.
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