Getting to Know Lady Griz Assistant Coach Trish Duce
Like all the Lady Griz assistant coaches, Trish Duce was quite the player for Montana, and was a member of four NCAA tournament team.
"Just a real good player. I always remember with the game we lost to Stanford down there, a very close one, she had 15, I think she was the leading scorer, and she was a capable scorer too, but the thing that probably stands out the most, because she can't jump more than an inch, she really could change and block shots," recalls head coach Robin Selvig.
A Missoula Big Sky graduate herself, with three kids going to school and playing sports, Duce says she appreciates Missoula as much as ever.
"I've gotten to travel around a lot with the Lady Griz, so I get to see everything, but I'm always excited to get back home, even in the summer, while I like to travel I don't have a huge desire to leave because there are so many things to do here. I just have no desire to move, so it's been a good fit for me, and I've enjoyed it," explains Duce.
She's been coaching for 20 years now, what kind of a coach is she?
"She's very laid back, and I think she's very sarcastic, and she's funny," says Lady Griz sophomore McCalle Feller.
Speaking of that humor, While we often will 'Mic up' coaches at practice, Trish wasn't a fan of that idea, but when we gave her the mic, and she had no problem putting her players on the spot.
"Rob (Coach Robin Selvig) became a grandpa this week, and I was calling him 'Gramps' and he said that didn't fit him, but what do you think? Does he look like a grandpa?" Duce asks to redshirt freshman DJ Reinhardt.
"Umm…no. I'm going to say no, because I would like to play next year, so I'll say no," laughs Reinhardt.
"It's fun to joke around with the kids. Sometimes it takes awhile before they break-out of their shell, and start talking and things like that, so it's fun to see that, and it's just fun to joke with them," says Duce.
All three assistants on the team were players for the Lady Griz, a fact not lost on the current roster
"I think it's amazing we have such a strong program where it's not just four years of your life, it's your whole life that you're a Lady Griz, and I just love that that's how our program is," says Feller.
"I think it's great he keeps people that played for him on the staff and gives them the opportunity to coach. Obviously he hasn't given that many opportunities, because once we get there, we don't leave," says Duce of long-time head coach Robin Selvig.