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The 2013-14 season is men's tennis coach Kris Nord's 32nd year at the University of Montana. In his three-plus-decade tenure with the Grizzlies, Nord has coached men's tennis, women's tennis and women's golf.
The start of Nord's fourth decade at Montana might be his best work yet. Over the previous two seasons he guided his teams to a Big Sky Conference record of 16-2 and back-to-back appearances in the Big Sky tournament championship match.
Montana went a perfect 8-0 in league matches in 2011-12 and finished the season ranked 10th in the ITA Mountain Region. By leading the Grizzlies to their first-ever Big Sky title, Nord's peers voted him the Big Sky Conference coach of the year.
It was the first time a Montana men's tennis coach had been so honored and was Nord's second conference coach of the year award. He was also named the Mountain West Conference coach of the year for his work with the Griz women's tennis program in 1986.
Another program first occurred in 2011-12 when Nord coached three of his players to first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors: Mikolaj Caruk, Michael Facey and Ethan Vaughn. All three were also named Academic All-Big Sky Conference.
Montana went 8-2 in Big Sky play in 2012-13 and made its second straight Big Sky title match. Andrew Warren earned first-team All-Big Sky honors and Vaughn second-team accolades.
The team's recent on-court success hasn't come at the expense of the classroom. Nord's players have posted a 3.3 GPA or better three of the last four semesters and have nine-straight semesters at 3.0 or better.
Montana has had 11 selections on the Academic All-Big Sky Conference team the last two seasons.
Nord was hired as the head women's and assistant men's tennis coach in 1982. He became the head coach for both programs in 1986. Nord coached both programs until 2006, when Montana hired its first fulltime women's coach.
Under mainly Nord's guidance, the women's program has advanced to the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament every year since 1990. The men's team has played in the postseason tournament every year since 1991.
The men's team was the Big Sky Conference tournament runner-up in 2006, 2012 and 2013 and has eight third-place ties to its credit during its current streak of tournament appearances.
A Missoula native, Nord graduated from Sentinel High School in 1976 after winning the state AA singles title. He was also named all-state in football and basketball.
Nord was recruited to play football for the Grizzlies but opted to sign a tennis scholarship with UNLV, where he spent his freshman and sophomore years.
Following his second year, Nord took a year off from college and went to Alaska, where he served as a teaching professional at Tanana Valley Community College in Fairbanks.
Nord enrolled at Boise State in the fall of 1979, and he finished out his collegiate tennis career with the Broncos. He was the Big Sky Conference champion at No. 3 singles and BSU's Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete in 1981.
Nord spent a year on the Satellite Circuit before being appointed to the Montana tennis coaching staff in 1982.
Nord, who earned a degree in health and human performance from UM in 1986, served as Montana's first women's golf coach from 1993 to 1996.
Nord's late father, Ron, was the head basketball coach for the Grizzlies from 1962 to 1968 and was an assistant football coach from 1969 to 1974. His brothers, Jeff and Mark, both played basketball for the Grizzlies.
Nord and his wife, Robi, have two sons, Anders and Isak.
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