From her high school days as a Blue Pony, Havre's Loree Payne has found success in whatever she's done. Now, she's doing it yet again, as the head basketball coach at Northern Arizona


January 30, 2020

Northern Arizona Athletics

Former Havre High great Loree Payne coaches her Northern Arizona Lumberjacks during a 2019 game. Payne became the NAU head coach two years ago, and like she's done everywhere she's been, as both a coach and a player, she's succeeding, as the Jacks are having a big, turnaround season.

Loree Payne has never been afraid to take on a challenge.

Coming from small-town Havre, it certainly was a challenge to become one of the greatest basketball players in Montana high school history, and yet that's exactly what she is to this day.

Also, coming from Class A Havre High, it was no doubt a challenge for Payne to step outside of that world and play college basketball at a major NCAA Division I program like the University of Washington, but, she not only did that, she was a two-time All-Pac-10 First Team selection, District VIII Kodak All-American and Verizon Academic All-Distri...

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