DILLON, Mont. -

The following is by the Montana Western Athletic Department:

University of Montana Western Athletic Director Mark Durham will be leaving his position as of June 1, 2012.

Durham became the athletic director in 2007. He is a Montana Western alumnus and played basketball and served as the assistant basketball coach from 1985 to 1990. He returned to Montana Western in 1996 when he became the head coach of the men?s team after Casey Keltz. He served as head coach until 2007.

?It was pretty special to be able to be the third coach after Bill Straugh and Casey Keltz,? Durham said.

A Three Forks, Mont. native, Durham will be taking a position at Western States Insurance in Bozeman. He will also be closer to his two daughters, Kelsey and Kalli. Kalli Durham is finishing her freshman year as a business/accounting major at Montana State University and is a guard for the MSU Bobcats. Kelsey Durham will graduate from Custer County High School on May 17, 2012 and will be attending MSU-Bozeman in fall 2012.

"It?s going to be awesome to be in the same town as my girls for the first time in 16 years,? Durham said. ?It?s a great opportunity professionally, and I really felt like it was time for a change."