Montgomery to become Valley City State Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Montgomery to become Valley City State Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Montgomery to become Valley City State Men’s Basketball Head Coach

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball assistant coach Ryan Montgomery has been named the head coach at Valley City State University. Montgomery joins the Vikings after serving eight seasons with the Beavers and four under head coach Mike Boschee.

“We’re excited as heck to have Ryan move on to (Valley City State University),” said Boschee. “We expect Ryan will do a great job there like he did here and I wish him nothing but the best.”

Montgomery leaves as the current staff’s longest tenured basketball coach at BSU, serving two seasons as a graduate assistant and six as assistant coach. He began his Beavers career in 2008 and was promoted to assistant coach in 2010.

“Bemidji State has been truly great to me and my family,” said Montgomery. “When I first came here I wasn’t sure how long I would be here and it became a place that is hard to leave.

“I want to thank Matt Bowen for giving my start here and I want to thank Coach Boschee for giving me the tutelage needed to become a head coach. I want to thank everyone from the BSU community for supporting our men’s basketball program over the last eight years that I’ve been here and I’m truly excited about my new opportunity, but it’s bittersweet to leave Bemidji.”

Montgomery helped the Beavers to 87 wins over his six seasons as assistant coach, including back-to-back-to-back 18+ win seasons between 2011-14. During that span, the Beavers claimed the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Regular Season Championship, secured the program’s second all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and earned a share of the NSIC North Division title.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).