35th-year leader of the Lady Griz honored for 20th time
Montana and Northern Colorado tip off at 2 p.m. at Dahlberg Arena
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The 2014-15 season marks Shannon Schweyen's 23rd year as an assistant coach under longtime University of Montana head coach Robin Selvig and her second year as Selvig's top assistant. Schweyen is the seventh-longest active tenured assistant coach in Division I women's basketball.
A Kodak All-American as a player for the Lady Griz (1988-89 to 1991-92), Schweyen joined the UM coaching staff as a student assistant in 1992-93 and was appointed to a full-time position prior to the 1993-94 season.
As a player, Schweyen led Montana to four NCAA tournaments, three Big Sky Conference regular-season titles and a record of 103-18. As a coach, she has been a part of 12 more NCAA tournament teams, 13 Big Sky regular-season titles and 487 victories.
After earning honorable mention All-America honors as a sophomore and junior, the former Shannon Cate became the Big Sky Conference's only first-team Kodak All-American as a senior, an honor recognized in the summer of 2014 as No. 3 on the list of "25 Greatest Women's Moments" in Big Sky history.
Shortly thereafter Schweyen was announced as No. 1 on the list of "25 Greatest Female Athletes" following a yearlong countdown to commemorate 25 years of women's athletics in the Big Sky Conference.
She capped her senior year and career by scoring 34 points in leading No. 11 Montana to an 85-74 upset victory at No. 6 Wisconsin in the 1992 NCAA tournament.
Schweyen was a two-time Big Sky MVP, a three-time Big Sky tournament MVP and a three-time Lady Griz MVP. She was also a four-time Academic All-Big Sky selection.
Schweyen finished her career as the Big Sky's leading scorer among both men and women with 2,172 points. She still owns numerous school and Big Sky Conference records after averaging 18.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for her four-year career.
Schweyen, who had her No. 21 jersey retired following her collegiate career and was inducted into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, played professionally in Spain briefly in 1992 before returning to Montana to join the Lady Griz coaching staff.
Schweyen was a three-time state tournament MVP for Billings Central High and was the USA Today Montana Player of the Year in 1988.
She received a bachelor's degree in business administration from UM in 1993.
She is married to Brian Schweyen, a former Big Sky Conference high jump and pole vault champion for Montana State and the current director of track and field for the Grizzlies. They have three daughters, Jordyn, Shelby and Sheridan.
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