April 3, 2017
Montana Coaches Association Media Release
Submitted by: Don Olsen, Executive Director
MCA is pleased to announce that the following Coaches were voted by their fellow MCA members, as “Coach of the Year” for their respective winter sport. They will be honored at the MCA Awards banquet, in conjunction with the MCA All-Sport Coaches Clinic, on August 3rd, 2017 at the Great Falls High Auditorium in Great Falls.
AA Mark Harkins – Kalispell Glacier
A Terry Thomas – Beaverhead
B David Costin – Malta
C Zanen Pitts – Arlee
AA Eric Peterson – Helena
A Cary Finberg – Columbia Falls
B Dustin Gordon – Fairfield
C Jeff Graham – Belt
AA Jeffrey Thompson – Kalispell Flathead
A Scott Filius – Havre
B Danny Lemer – Lincoln County (Eureka)
C Jason Lorang – Cascade
Swimming will be on the Special Sports ballot in the spring.
Jeff Strickland, Three Forks Golf Coach, was selected as the 2016 National Golf Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) on Wednesday, June 22nd at their National Convention in Louisville, KY. Jeff was Montana’s Golf finalist for 2015 and joined 13 other finalists in various sports. (Jeff’s bio attached above)
Mark Yoakam, Corvallis Girls’ Assistant Coach, was selected as the 2016 National Girls’ Assistant Coach by the NHSACA. He was Montana’s “Girls’ Assistant” nominee and finalist. (Mark’s bio attached)
Finalists for Coach of the Year were:
Rodney Tweet-Geraldine, FB;
Tara Taylor-Fergus, VB;
Clint May-Bozeman, BCC;
Joanne Cleveland-Corvallis, GCC;
Terry Thomas-Beaverhead, BBB;
Karen Deden-Sentinel, GBB;
Steve Komac-Great Falls, WR;
Spencer Huls-Corvallis, GT&F;
Jeff Strickland-Three Forks, GO;
Erika Cannon-Bozeman, SO;
Ed Kriskovich-Billings West, SB;
Julie Shepherd-Choteau, Special Sports
Finalists for Assistant Coach of the Year were: Jim Epperly-Bigfork, Boys’ Assistant and Mark Yoakam-Corvallis, Girls’ Assistant.
NHSACA HALL OF FAME:
Charlie Merrifield, from Butte, was Montana’s inducee into the NHSACA Hall of Fame on Tuesday, in Louisville, KY.
Award winners, Charlie Merrifield, Jeff Strickland and Mark Yoakam, as well as the 12 finalists were recognized at the MCA Awards Ceremony on Thursday, August 3rd, in the Great Falls High School Auditorium during the 49th Annual Montana Coaches Association Multi-Sports Coaching Clinic.