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Montana Western Hires Taylor Grove As Bulldogs Next Cross Country and Track And Field Coach

UMW Sports Press Release

DILLON, Mont. – The University of Montana Western has announced the hiring of Taylor

Grove as the next Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field head coach.

“I am extremely excited to welcome Taylor to the Bulldog family and the city of Dillon. She has

made a name for herself with her hard work and dedication to her student-athletes and the results speak for themselves.” Director of Athletics Michael Feuling said. “I have no doubt that she will strengthen our programs and help current and future Bulldogs achieve their goals.”

Grove joins the Bulldogs from Campbellsville, Ky. where she served as the assistant coach for

both the men’s and women’s cross country teams and the track and field teams at Campbellsville University. Grove assisted in bringing the distance program back to a competitive level, finishing as a receiving votes team by the end of last season. Grove also earned Mid-South Conference Assistant Coach of the Year honors twice during her tenure with the Tigers as a distance and mid-distance coach.

“I feel blessed by the opportunity to be back in Montana coaching cross country and track and

field.” Head Coach Taylor Grove said. “Already getting to know the staff at Montana Western

has been a great experience. I am looking forward to getting to work with all the athletes on the team this year in helping them accomplish their goals.”

Prior to Campbellsville, Grove completed a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Whitworth

University where she completed her masters with a degree in administration and non-profit

leadership. During her time with the Pirates, she oversaw working with the distance athletes and constructing workouts for the team.

Grove is a 2019 graduate of Concordia University Nebraska, where she accomplished numerous accolades and earned numerous titles as a student-athlete in the sport of cross country and track. During her senior campaign, she placed fourth at the conference championships to qualify her for the 2018 NAIA Cross Country Championships.

On the track, Grove was a two-time conference champion. Grove still holds a school record at

Concordia with the record in the half marathon which stands at 1:25.04. She was named

USTFCCCA Academic All-American in 2018 as well as earning NAIA Scholar Athlete honors

in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

“I think this is great opportunity for me as a coach to strengthen the program here at Montana

Western and provide athletes with an amazing athletic experience and the opportunity to

compete during college.” Grove continued.

A native of Billings, Mont., Grove earned a bachelor of science in exercise science with a minor in sport psychology from Concordia University Nebraska in 2019. She has since continued her success in running with qualifying for the 2022 Boston Marathon. She ran her Boston qualifier at the Governor's Cup Marathon running a time of 3:11.

“I would like to thank the incoming and returning cross country, track and field student-athletes for their patience and commitment to the program throughout this process, the future is bright.” Feuling added.

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