Jeff Graham begins his first season as head coach of the Montana Tech women’s basketball program this fall. He was named to the position on August 1, 2022.
Graham comes to Butte from Belt, Montana where he built a powerhouse girls’ basketball program at Belt High School. During his tenure, the Lady Huskies accumulated a 358-42 overall record that includes six state championships, seven divisional titles, 11 conference titles, and 11 district titles in 15 seasons. For his efforts, Graham was named the Montana Coaches Association Coach of the Year six times in girls’ basketball.
Graham was also the head football coach at Belt for the last 15 seasons, head track coach for nine years, and the Athletic Director since 2012. Graham's Huskies posted an 89-51 record on the gridiron including four divisional championships. His track teams garnered 18 District Titles and 11 Divisional Titles, along with six state placings.
A high school standout in every sport at Chester, Graham led the state in scoring as a junior before playing basketball in the Frontier Conference from 2001-2006. Previously, Graham served as an assistant coach for the University of Great Falls during the 2006-07 season and recruited many of the players who went on to break the school record for wins in the 2008 season.
Jeff and his wife, Megan, live in Butte with their children Cadence, Ellison, Jace, and Jimmer.
Alexis Steele starts her first season with the Montana Tech women's basketball team in 2022 as first-year Head Coach Jeff Graham's assistant coach.
Steele, born and raised in Missoula, Montana, played multiple sports at Missoula Sentinel High School. Playing varsity all four years of high school, Steele helped lead the Spartans to three state championships in basketball was named All-State in both soccer and basketball. Steele's was recruited to play basketball for Carroll College where she graduated with honors. Steele's playing career was cut short but she continued her passion for athletics returning to coach club sports and assisted with varsity boys basketball for Sentinel High School in 2021-22. Playing on multiple travel teams and club sports while growing up in Missoula, Steele takes pride in her Montana roots and passion for athletics and the the game of basketball. As a coach, Steele brings a contagious energy level, and strives to help the next generation become not only great athletes but great humans in life.
"I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be here at Montana Tech," said Steele. "The community of Butte is something to be admired and getting the chance to learn from Coach Graham and to coach alongside him is something I will take pride in. Along with the basketball aspect that Tech has to offer, being surrounded by strong young women who also strive for excellence in the classroom and in their futures, it is just a blessing to be a small part of their journey in life. I'm excited for the season, and as always Roll Diggs!"