@C_bonnicksen @UMGrizzlies_FB @umontana May 30

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: University of Montana-Missoula

Location: Missoula MT

There a number of colleges that I have never visited and the University of Montana is one of them. The college is situated in Missoula which is known as the “Garden City” for its dense trees and lush green landscape. Missoula is located in the heart of the northern Rockies of Western Montana.  The area surrounding the university has a population of about 86,000 residents, Missoula lies in a mountain forest setting where five valleys converge, three major rivers flow, and seven wilderness areas are all close by.

Campus as seen from Mt Sentinel.

UM campus image

I do know one person at Montana and that is Colin Bonnicksen who is a former member of the Athletic Department Staff at UNC Pembroke.

Colin is in gold shirt during his UNC Pembroke days when I was the Athletic Director.


Colin is currently the Director of Football Operations at Montana. I wrote about him in July 2015 post.


If you are in to outdoor fitness or being active then Montana’s campus and location has something to offer you.  The campus sits at the base of Mount Sentinel, which includes one of the state’s most popular hiking trails ,and is adjacent to the Clark Fork River.


The campus occupies 200 acres with 64 buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM’s campus also includes a golf course, pool, full fitness center, soccer field, softball field, and track.

University of Montana has the nickname the Grizzlies and their mascot is named Monte.



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