Head coach Kris Nord is in his 24th year at The University of Montana. Nord was hired as the head women's and assistant men's coach in 1982 then appointed the head men's coach in 1986.
A Missoula native, Nord graduated from Sentinel High School in 1976 after winning the state AA singles title. He was also named to the state class “AA” all-state teams for football and basketball. He was recruited to play football for the Grizzlies, but opted to sign a tennis scholarship with UNLV, where he spent his freshman and sophomore years.
Following his second year, he took a year off from college and went to Alaska, where he served as a teaching professional at Tanana Valley Community College in Fairbanks.
Nord then enrolled at Boise State in the fall of 1978, and he finished out his collegiate tennis career with the Broncos. He was selected the Most Valuable Player by his teammates as a senior in 1980-81. He was the Big Sky Conference champion at the No. 3 singles position and was Boise State's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1980-81.
A three-time Montana state singles champion, Nord supplemented his income teaching and coaching at various clubs. After college, Nord spent a year on the Satellite Circuit then was appointed to the Montana tennis coaching staff. Nord earned a B.S. in Health and Human Performance from UM in 1986. In 1986 Nord also earned the Charles Hertler Award as the outstanding Health and Human Performance student, graduating with a 3.60 GPA.
During his tenure, Nord served as the head tennis professional at the Missoula Athletic Club from 1984-92. In addition, he was a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). He was named the Mountain West Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1986.
He was on the Region VII selection committee for NCAA teams and individuals from 1997-2000. In addition to his expertise in tennis, Nord also served as UM's first women's golf head coach from 1993-96.
Nord's father, Ron Nord, was the head basketball coach for the Grizzlies from 1962-68 and was an assistant football coach from 1969-74. His brothers, Jeff and Mark, both played basketball for the Grizzlies.
Nord is married to the former Robi Cameron of Rupert, Idaho. They have two sons, Anders and Isak.