Orediggers appoint Graham as women’s hoop coach

Montana Tech has a new women’s basketball coach.

Montana Tech Director of Athletics Matt Stepan today announced the hiring of Jeff Graham to replace Carly Sanon, who announced her resignation in June.

Graham did very well coaching Belt’s women’s basketball team.

“We are extremely excited to have Jeff and his family join the Digger Athletics family,” said Stepan. “The knowledge, experience and energy he will bring to the program will align very well with our mission and vision to create a transformative student experience in a championship environment here at Butte. We are not only getting a great basketball coach, but also an exceptional individual who will have a noticeable positive impact on this program, this campus, and this community.

Graham built a powerful program at Belt High School, racking up a 358-42 overall record that includes six state championships, seven division titles, 11 conference titles and 11 district titles in 15 seasons. For her efforts, Graham was named Coach of the Year six times by the Montana Coaches Association in women’s basketball.

Graham has also served as head football coach at Belt for the past 15 seasons, track head coach for nine years and athletic director since 2012. Graham’s Huskies are 89-51 on the gridiron, including four divisional championships.

A high school star in all sports at Chester, Graham led the state in scoring as a junior before playing Frontier Conference basketball from 2001 to 2006.

Previously, Graham served as an assistant coach at the University of Great Falls in the 2006-07 season and signed many players who went on to break the school record for wins in the 2008 season.

“I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity at Montana Tech and joining the great group of coaches that Digger Athletics has,” Graham said. “I’ve always dreamed of coaching at the college level and having the chance to do so in a community like Butte is very special.

“Megan, my children and I are so grateful to the people and community of Belt for all the support, friendship and love they have given us over the past 15 years.”