Over the past four seasons, no Frontier Conference program has won more games or conference championships than the Montana Tech men’s basketball team. YOUR program has accomplished this by investing resources into recruiting, developing, and graduating the best student-athletes in Montana and beyond, and being able to schedule great non-conference opponents in the early part of the season here in Butte. As a result, we have had transformative experiences and made lifelong memories for our players, peer students, alumni, and Oredigger fans. But make no mistake, we are far from our ceiling!
Our goal is to continue to elevate this incredible program to new heights. YOUR Orediggers have won back-to-back Frontier Conference regular season and tournament championships. YOUR Orediggers have earned the first Top 25 rankings in school history over the past two years, climbing to as high as #10 during the 2022-23 season. YOUR Orediggers have set school records for most wins in a season in consecutive years (27-7 in 2021-22; 29-5 in 2022-23). YOUR Orediggers have competed in the NAIA National Tournament two years in a row, and even hosted and won the opening two rounds this past season, advancing to the Final Site in Kansas City, MO for the first time in school history. Although we bowed out in the Final 8, we want to get back again this next year and try to win the National Championship. With YOUR help, we can.
Recruitment of high-achieving student-athletes is key to our success. We need your help to continue to be the top choice for the best basketball players in Montana and in the region. Here are a few examples of the incredible players we have recruited and developed at Montana Tech:
- Taylor England (Helena, MT) was a 4x all-conference performer and 2x all-American for the Orediggers
- Derrius Collins (Missoula, MT) was the Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2022
- Sindou Diallo (Tacoma, WA) was a 3x 1st Team all-Conference performer and 3x all-American
- Keeley Bake (Fairfield, MT) was the conference 6th Man of the Year in 2022
- Bridger Larson (Sidney, MT) was the conference Freshman of the Year in 2021
- Asa Williams (Solon, OH) was the conference Newcomer of the Year in 2023
- Caleb Bellach (Manhattan, MT) was the Frontier Conference Player of the Year in 2023 and is only the second 1st Team all-American in school history
There are so many more, and with YOUR help, we can continue to have these types of student-athletes represent Montana Tech and compete at a championship level.
Lastly, our ability to attract quality non-conference opponents to Butte for early season tournaments has been instrumental in the development of our men’s basketball program. The selection process for the National Tournament is largely contingent on analytics, such as RPI (Ratings Power Index) and SOS (Strength of Schedule). We need to play a rigorous non-conference schedule in order to improve our post-season seeding, host the opening two rounds, and prepare our team for the Frontier Conference. With YOUR help we can continue to have ranked teams, traditional powers, and marquee early season matchups on Kelvin Sampson Court during the months of November and December.
Please consider giving today to the Tech Hoops Champions Club and make a monumental impact for our current and future men’s basketball student-athletes. Every dollar will be dedicated to elevating Montana Tech Men’s Basketball. Please help us spread the word! Share this project on social media, by email, and tell your friends!!