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Robin Selvig

Megan Harrington
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The ninth of 11 children, Megan Harrington grew up understanding the value of competition and how to tell a great story. In the third grade, Megan wrote a poem that included the prophetic line: “When I grow up, I want to be a Lady Griz basketball player at the University of Montana.”

Megan did attend the University of Montana to attain a communications degree, an MBA, and play for the Lady Griz. As a Lady Griz, Megan played for legendary head coach, Robin Selvig.

Rob Selvig in Dahlberg Arena
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"The House That Rob Built" is the inspiring story of Rob Selvig, pioneering coach of the University of Montana’s Lady Griz basketball team. In an era when gender discrimination in sports was the norm, Coach Selvig built a “house” of inclusion and empowerment by recruiting female athletes from the ranches, farms and Native reservations of Big Sky Country. For nearly 40 years, these athletes would establish the preeminent women’s basketball program west of the Rockies.

Hear from Selvig and the film's director-producer-writer, Megan Harrington.

Robin Selvig (right) announces his retirement as coach of the Lady Griz Basketball Team at a press conference in Missoula Thursday July 28. UM athletic director Kent Haslem looks on.
Mara Silvers

Robin Selvig is a veteran of many press conferences, but he knew that Thursday’s was going to be tough to get through.

"I’m a crier, so expect it. I couldn’t get through a "Little House of the Prairie" episode when I was younger."