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UMW School Of Outreach Introduces New Basketball Officiating Program

The University of Montana Western School of Outreach is excited to offer "Introduction to Sports Officiating: Basketball" starting in November. This course is available to anyone ages 16 and up interested in becoming a basketball official.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m November 1 to December 8, 2023, and can be attended in person or remotely through Zoom. This course will teach the basics of officiating through weekly sessions with the opportunity to learn from Montana Officials Association (MOA) staff during a Referee Clinic on Saturday, December 2, on the UMW campus. During this clinic, students will officiate live action games while being mentored by MOA officials.

Course instructor, Kevin Engellant, is a former Montana Western basketball player and coach, current UMW faculty member, and an MOA basketball and football official.

“Kevin gives back to his community through his passion for athletics by serving as a referee at countless games throughout the state of Montana and we are grateful that he will be sharing his knowledge during this course,” said UMW School of Outreach Program Coordinator, Ryann Gibson.

Montana Western’s School of Outreach is invested in their students, of all ages, and provides them with content that is practical and useful for real world situations with a focus on continuing education and lifelong learning.

To register, please contact the School of Outreach at 406-683-7537 no later than October 25. All community members and UMW students are welcome to register. The cost for UMW students is $130 and all participants are charged a course fee of $60 that includes a referee whistle.

For more information about this course and all of the courses offered by the School of Outreach, please contact Ryann Gibson at or visit

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