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Haslam tabbed as Montana's new AD

Missoula, MT (Sports Network) - Kent Haslam was named the new athletic director at the University of Montana on Wednesday.

"I believe Kent Haslam is the right person to lead The University of Montana athletic program into one of national distinction for athletics, academics and campus and community involvement," said Montana president Royce Engstrom. "In the end, Kent was the strong favorite of the committee, and he was my choice because of his exemplary work for UM, because he understands Grizzly athletics and because he has the attitude, capabilities and energy to lead us forward."

Haslam, who officially assumes the role on Sept. 17, had worked since 2006 as a fundraiser for the university's athletic department.

Prior to that, he served from 2000-06 as associate athletic director at Northern Arizona University, spent two years as part of the committee which organized the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and also saw a five-year stint in the front office of the Salt Lake Buzz -- the Triple-A affiliate for the Minnesota Twins.

"I believe strongly in the role that college athletics plays on a university campus -- a role that unites, builds pride and serves the student-athletes and community," Haslam stated. "I look forward to advancing a vision focused on academic success, athletic excellence and community service."

09/12 17:46:49 ET