Jeff Malby, Assistant to the Athletic Director, Office of Sports Information, 406.238.7376,

Rocky names new cross country, track and field coach

BILLINGS, January 7, 2015 – Rocky Mountain College athletic director, Bruce Parker, has announced the hiring of Mike McLean to head up the school’s cross country and track and field programs. McLean’s appointment is effective immediately.

McLean is Parker’s first head coaching hire since taking over the helm of the athletic department at Rocky this past summer.

“We are so very pleased and excited that Mike has accepted this position,” said Parker, who came to Rocky after spending 11 years at Carroll College in Helena. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. I truly believe Mike can take our cross country and track & field programs to the next level.”

McLean, a 23-year coaching veteran, comes to Rocky from Montana’s Flathead Valley, where he held cross country and track & field coaching positions at Columbia Falls, Flathead, and Glacier High Schools, as well as at Flathead Valley Community College.

McLean described his excitement level of being at Rocky as “off the charts.”

“I was drawn to the program because of the opportunity to coach at the college level again. I look forward to qualifying our men’s and women’s cross country teams for nationals, as well as many athletes as possible become track & field All-Americans.”

McLean’s primary vision is to increase the number of student athletes participating in the programs, as well as “bring in students to receive a quality education at Rocky Mountain College.”

McLean replaces Alan King, who recently departed Rocky to take a similar position at Culver-Stockton College in Carson, Mo.

The Battlin’ Bears will compete in their first meet of the indoor season at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., Saturday.