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.