Former ILCC grad assistant honored
ESTHERVILLE – A former graduate assistant coach with the Iowa Lakes Community College men's basketball team has been named to Under Armour 30 Under 30 team. The annual recognition identifies 30 of the most outstanding men’s college basketball coaches under the age of 30.
Jamison Montgomery has been at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif. for four seasons.
During that time, their team grade-point average has been 3.0 or higher.
Two years ago they completed their first 20-win season in the past 30 years. This year they finished 19-9 and were selected for the NAIA Division I tournament for the first time ever. They finished the season ranked 19th in the country, but had been ranked as high as 16th during the season.
Menlo had two all-Americans this season.
Montgomery worked as a graduate assistant under Troy Larson and values his time at Iowa Lakes and the impact it had on his coaching career.
“The GA program was a great experience,” he said. “It really shows you how much a passion you have for coaching and helping your players get better on and off the court. I learned the ins and outs of practice, preparation, traveling, recruiting, game day set up, scouting, and film breakdown. Those things have prepared me into the coach I am today.”
Larson is proud to see what Montgomery has accomplished.
“It's a very special honor for Jamison to be named on the list,” Larson said. “He's a very hard working coach. While at Iowa Lakes, Jamison was an outstanding recruiter and had great relationships with our players. He understood how to motivate student-athletes. He also has a great basketball mind and feel for the game. Most importantly, Jamison is an outstanding individual with great character and is a good role model for student athletes. Very proud of him and anxious to further follow his career.”