When the Lady Griz defeated the University of Portland Pilots on November 18, longtime UM women’s hoops coach Robin Selvig made history.
Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig has led the team since 1978.
When the Lady Griz defeated the University of Portland Pilots on November 18, longtime UM women’s hoops coach Robin Selvig made history. Selvig became just the sixth active coach in NCAA Division I women’s basketball—and only the eighth all-time—to reach 800 victories. He joined North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer, Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma, and Andy Landers of Georgia. Former coaches Pat Summitt of Tennessee and Jody Conradt of Texas also reached the 800-win milestone during their careers.
“I love Missoula,” Selvig said to the crowd after the game. “I love the University. I love our fans. I love this sport. And when the girls play good, I love them.” Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse are the only two active Division I men’s coaches with at least 800 victories. Selvig, in his thirty-sixth year leading the Lady Griz, reached 800 wins in fewer games than any men’s or women’s coach in Division I history outside of Auriemma, Summitt, VanDerveer, Adolph Rupp of Kentucky, and North Carolina’s Dean Smith. “It was awesome, obviously, to get it at home,” senior guard Torry Hill told the Missoulian. “We weren’t thinking about it during the game. We just wanted to win. But you know before the game, we all wanted to play for Rob and win it for him and for all the other Lady Griz fans.”