Brian Schweyen
Brian  Schweyen

Program Director


NCAA West Regional opens Thursday in Texas

Four Griz athletes competing Friday and Saturday


Four Grizzlies advance to NCAA West Regional

Three javelin throwers make the cut, one distance runner


Owens repeats, Griz break longstanding relay record

Montana men finish seventh, women ninth


Bobo leads Montana on day three of Big Sky championships

Women sitting in fourth place, men tied for 11th


Conditions take their toll on opening day of championships


Montana Open (5/3/14)

Montana Open (5/3/14)


2013 Al Manuel Invitational

2013 Al Manuel Invitational


Al Manuel Invitational (3/31/12)

Al Manuel Invitational (3/31/12)

The 2014 season is Brian Schweyen's sixth year as the University of Montana's Director of Track and Field. He was hired in August 2008. Schweyen oversees a staff of five assistant coaches and a program of more than 75 athletes.

* Cross country highlights: The 2010 Montana women's cross country team won its first conference championship since 1984. ... Katrina Drennen advanced to nationals in 2009. ... Eight athletes have been All-Big Sky Conference performers.

* Track and field highlights: Montana has sent six athletes to indoor and outdoor nationals in Schweyen's first five years, with three advancing to outdoor nationals in 2011. ... The Grizzlies have had 42 representatives at outdoor regionals. ... Twenty-three program records have been established since Schweyen was hired. ... Montana has had 17 individual Big Sky Conference individual champions and five title-winning relays. ... Schweyen's women's teams have had four top-three finishes at Big Sky indoor and outdoor championships, with the 2011 outdoor team finishing runner-up.

Schweyen began his affiliation with Montana in 1994 following an all-America track and field career at Montana State. Schweyen worked as a volunteer assistant with the Grizzlies for three seasons (1994-95 to 1996-97) before being elevated into a full-time assistant coach for the 1997-98 season.

Schweyen worked under former head coach Tom Raunig as an assistant for 10 years before moving into a full-time art career following the 2007 outdoor season. Schweyen's hiatus lasted just one year before he returned in the summer of 2008 to replace Raunig.

During his 10-year assistant-coaching career, Schweyen coached the Grizzlies in the multi-events, jumps and javelin. He coached his athletes to 38 Big Sky Conference titles in those event areas and guided five athletes to six all-America finishes in the decathlon, javelin and pole vault.

Schweyen coached all-America decathletes Troy McDonough ('99), Adam Bork ('01 and '02) and Andrew Levin ('05) and guided Suzanne Krings to an all-America pole vault finish at the 2001 NCAA indoor championships and Dane Brubaker to an all-America finish in the javelin at the 2005 NCAA outdoor championships.

A native of East Helena, Mont., Schweyen was an all-America high jumper at Montana State. He competed for the Bobcats from 1988 to 1991. Schweyen was a seven-time All-Big Sky Conference performer and won six BSC titles in the high jump and pole vault.

Schweyen, whose personal bests were 17-6 in the pole vault and 7-4 in the high jump, finished fourth in the high jump at the 1990 NCAA indoor championships. He competed at the 1994 and 1995 USA Track and Field championships, placing eighth in the decathlon in '94.

Schweyen is married to Lady Griz assistant coach Shannon Schweyen. The couple has three daughters, Jordyn, Shelby and Sheridan.

Montana Cross Country/Track and Field Under Schweyen

NCAA Cross Country Championships qualifiers
2009: Katrina Drennen

NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers
2013: Austin Emry (heptathlon)
2011: Katrina Drennen (mile)

NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers
2011: Kara DeWalt (steeplechase), Katrina Drennen (1,500m), Lindsey Hall (heptathlon)
2010: Katrina Drennen (1,500m)

NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Regional qualifiers
2013: Gwenn Abbott (high jump), Kourtney Danreuther (400-meter hurdles), Nycole Devers (javelin), Austin Emry (high jump), Brandon Forson (discus), Kellee Glaus (triple jump), Lindsey Hall (javelin), Lee Hardt (high jump), Samantha Hodgson (discus), Lukas Scherer (javelin), Stephanie Wells (javelin)
2012: Richard Brumbaugh (javelin), Kourtney Danreuther (400m), Katrina Drennen (5,000m), Austin Emry (high jump, long jump), Drew Owens (400m hurdles), Allie Parks (steeplechase), Lynn Reynolds (steeplechase)
2011: Cole Beyer (javelin), Kourtney Danreuther (400m hurdles), Nycole Devers (javelin), Kara DeWalt (steeplechase), Katrina Drennen (1,500m), Jason Flemmer (javelin), Justin Graff (javelin), Lindsey Hall (high jump), Drew Owens (400m hurdles), Lynn Reynolds (steeplechase)
2010: Richard Brumbaugh (javelin), Katrina Drennen (1,500m), Austin Emry (high jump), Jason Flemmer (javelin), Justin Graff (javelin), Lindsey Hall (high jump), Kesslee Payne (800m, 1,500m)
2009: Cole Beyer (javelin), Richard Brumbaugh (javelin), Kara DeWalt (steeplechase), Katrina Drennen (5,000m), Chris Hellekson (hammer), Eli Hermann (steeplechase), Courtney Kosovich (pole vault)

Big Sky Conference Cross Country team finishes
2013: Women, 6th; Men, 9th
2012: Women, 10th; Men, 6th
2011: Women, 5th; Men, 4th (1 All-Big Sky performer)
2010: Women, 1st; Men, 8th (3 All-Big Sky performers)
2009: Women, 3rd; Men, 3rd (3 All-Big Sky performers)
2008: Women, 5th; Men, 4th (1 All-Big Sky performer)

Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships team finishes
2013: Women, 8th; Men, 6th (1 Big Sky individual champion)
2012: Women, 5th; Men, 7th (2 Big Sky individual champions)
2011: Women, 3rd; Men, 7th (3 Big Sky individual champions, 1 relay champion)
2010: Women, 3rd; Men, 7th (1 Big Sky individual champion, 1 relay champion)
2009: Women, 8th; Men, 7th (1 Big Sky relay champion)

Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships team finishes
2013: Women, 4th; Men, t-6th (2 Big Sky individual champions, 1 relay champion)
2012: Women, 6th; Men, 7th (3 Big Sky individual champions, 1 relay champion)
2011: Women, 2nd; Men, 6th (4 Big Sky individual champions)
2010: Women, 3rd; Men, 5th (1 Big Sky individual champion)
2009: Women, 5th; Men, 7th

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