MSU inks Fish to new, three-year contract

By Parker Gabriel Chronicle Sports Writer

Montana State men’s basketball head coach Brian Fish signed a new, three-year contract this week that gives him a bump in pay and job security as he attempts to continue building the Bobcats program in his third year at the helm.

Fish’s new contract runs from July 1 to June 30, 2019 and he will be paid a base salary of $158,300, a bump from his most recent mark of $148,512. The contract includes bonuses totaling $45,000 for radio and television appearances and $20,000 for participating in fundraising and booster activities, according to a copy of the deal obtained by the Chronicle. Fish is also entitled to bonuses between $2,500 and $10,000 if he the program hits benchmarks in academic standards, ticket sales and win totals beginning at 20, as well as for individual or team postseason recognition and accomplishments.

The Montana Board of Regents reviewed the contract proposal in mid-May, but the final signatures were only added this week.

Fish and athletic director Leon Costello were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

Fish was hired in April 2014 and MSU finished 7-23 in his first season. The Bobcats doubled that win total last year, finishing 14-17 and compiling a 9-9 mark in Big Sky play. The seven-win improvement is the second-largest, single-season win increase in Bobcats history.

Fish has wasted little time overhauling the program and tailoring the roster to the up-tempo style he wants to play. MSU has turned over its entire roster since he took over, signing 14 players in the last two full recruiting cycles alone. That includes reigning Big Sky Freshman of the Year Tyler Hall, who averaged 18.6 points per game and broke several school records in his debut campaign, and six players joining the program for the first time this summer.

Jack Benoit