Georgia Forney, Hardin Swim Coach, was selected as the National Swim Coach of the Year by the (NHSACA) National High School Athletic Coaches Association on Friday, June 20th at their National Convention in Rochester, MN. Georgia was Montana’s Swimming finalist for 2015 and joined 7 other Montana finalists in various sports.
Coach Forney has coached for 28 years, 22 as head boys’ and girls’ Swim Coach at Hardin. During those years her boys’ swim team has over 430 wins, garnering 4 State Championships and 7 runners up. She was a 2005 NHSACA COY nominee, a top-8 finalist in 2009 and 2012 as well as a 16x nominee for MCA Coach of the Year.
Dan Hodge, Flathead and Jeff Carroll-Billings Senior were Montana’s inductees into the NHSACA Hall of Fame on Friday, in Rochester (this was publicized in January-bios attached). Other finalists for Coach of the Year were: Dustin Gordon-Fairfield-Girls’ Basketball, Ann Funk-Choteau-Volleyball, Mark Garber-Centerville/Belt-Girls’ Cross Country, Terry Thomas-Beaverhead County-Football, Bob Raeth-Flathead-Assistant Boys’ Sports and Paul Bills-Ennis-Assistant Girls’ Sports. Dennis Murphy of Havre was a finalist for Athletic Director of the year.
Award winners, Georgia Forney, Dan Hodge and Jeff Carroll as well as the 7 finalists will be recognized at the MCA Awards Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 30th in the Great Falls High School Auditorium during the 48th Annual Montana Coaches Association Multi-Sports Coaching Clinic. At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, a complimentary luncheon will be served. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
Montana Coaches Association MEDIA RELEASE
Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that two outstanding, long-time Montana coaches,
Jeff Carroll – Billings Senior and Dan Hodge – Flathead High
will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Association (NHSACA) HALL OF FAME at their annual convention’s Hall of Fame Banquet , to be held at noon June 19, 2015 at the Kahler Grand Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.
Jeff Carroll has been the head volleyball coach at Billings Senior HS for the past 29 years. During that time, his teams have won 14 conference championships, 12 state championships and 5 runners-up finishes. He has been named Montana “AA” Coach of the Year 12 times, was inducted into the Montana Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009 and was selected as the NHSACA National Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2010. In 2011, Jeff was chosen National Co-Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and coached the East All-Stars in the Under Armour High School All-American match held in San Antonio that year. He has an overall record of 670–200 including a 32-1 record this past season.
During his tenure as head track & field coach at Flathead High School, Dan’s teams have won 6 state and 17 divisional championships. They have also placed second in state meets 7 times and second in divisional meets 10 times. Dan has been an MCA COY 7 times, a finalist for National Coach of the Year 4 times, recognized as National Coach of the Year for 2012, and was inducted into the Montana Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998. Dan believes the major reason for his teams’ successes is due to his long-serving coaching staff and out-of-season program that he runs from mid-November until the start of the T&F season. Dan was an all-conference performer in both football and T&F at Montana State University and then served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War before starting his teaching and coaching career. Dan is originally from Butte.