Jeff Malby is returning to Rocky Mountain College as an assistant men's basketball coach.

Battlin' Bears head coach Bill Dreikosen announced the hiring of Malby on Wednesday afternoon. He will be replacing Wes Keller, who is the new women's basketball coach at Rocky.

"It's going to be a good opportunity to work with somebody who has a very good knowledge of the game and has seen it from a lot of different angles," Dreikosen said. "I think he's definitely going to be a great addition to our program."

Malby, who is a 1984 graduate of Rocky, was an assistant women's basketball coach for the Bears in 1985. He was the head women's coach from 1986-88 and head men's coach from 1988-1993.

His 1988 women's team qualified for the NAIA national championship tournament.

Dreikosen said he played for Malby at Rocky from 1991-93 after transferring from Miles Community College.

"We've always had a good friendship," said Dreikosen, who is entering his 15th season as Rocky's head coach.

Malby's most recent coaching stint was at Billings Central, where he directed the Lady Rams to three Class A state championship game appearances in four seasons (2009-2013) and two state titles.

He stepped down at Central in May 2013 to return to his native Three Forks and work as a sports writer at the Three Forks Herald, which is owned by his brother.

"I'm really excited about the experience that Jeff has in not only being at the college level, but at all levels," Dreikosen said. "He's got a lot of connections ...

"He's been a guy who has gotten out of athletics a few times, but you always see him back in. That's where his true gifts are."

Besides his coaching duties at Rocky, Malby will assist new AD Bruce Parker in the athletic department, Dreikosen said

Malby's background also includes working as an assistant women's coach at Montana State University, along with coaching stops at Geyser, Ennis and Hardin high schools.


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