For those who haven't seen it, Courtney Babcock was upgraded from interim XC and distance track coach to permanent/full-time coach. (Likewise, a few weeks ago, Brian Schweyn had the same bestowed upon him at the Director of Track and Field.)
See the story at: http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2009/07/18/sports/sports02.txt
Best of luck to Courtney. She's a super nice lady and has been trying to give back to the community and the sport (leading Run Wild Missoula track workouts as an example). And, word has it that the kids really seem to like her.
Here's to hoping that she proves to have the long term organizational and leadership skills to bring the team (XC especially) to the top. With the setting and training environment, there's no reason that UM can't be a top XC contender on the national scale. Let's hope that this is one of the pieces of the puzzle that helps to get them there.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure that the athletic dept. really cares much beyond football and women's basketball. The other sports seem to be treated more as bastard stepchildren than as Division I athletic programs.
So, among other things we need to support UM (and MSU and MSU-Billings, and Rocky Mountain College, and University of Great Falls, and Carroll College and Flathead Valley Community College) and show the athetic directors at these schools that these programs are important and provide fantastic opportunities to bring outstanding student athletes to their instititutions.
The Muddy Buzzard