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Oregon's Dana Altman visits Great Falls

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Dana Altman is regarded as one of the best basketball coaches in the country, but on Thursday he made time for Montana high school coaches.

The Duck spoke at the Montana Coaches Associate Clinic that day, and then spoke to Montana State boosters Thursday night.

After all, his long running connection to MSU Head Coach Brian Fish is what brought him to the state.

"Fish was on my staff for my first Division I coaching job in 1989, so we've been together off and on 15 years from that time until he took the job at Montana State," said Altman.

Fish continued the story from there.

"I worked for him for three months for free. I was an Uber driver before Uber was ever known. I drove him everywhere and showed him the town because he was from K-State and coming to Huntington.

Fish's persistence eventually paid off.

"I finally wore him down until he offered me the GA job so that's how it got started."

And it seems his persistence was, and is, appreciated. 

"He's been someone who's meant a big deal both on and off the court," said Altman. "He's done a great job for me helping recruit players, helping coach our teams over the years, but also he's been a great friend."

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